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Ogmius Newsletter


Erik Fisher (Ph.D., ENVS, 2006), gave a talk this summer at the French Embassy in London at one of several high-level meetings on “responsible innovation” held in Europe recently, and also attended one held by the European Commission. He was the only American at either event. His talk discusses some of the work he is doing at Arizona State University (ASU), including his 3 year NSF grant (the STIR project) that places human and social scientists in laboratories in over a dozen nations on three continents. Watch his talk here.


Kristin GangwerKristin Gangwer (M.A., Geography, 2011), is currently living in Albuquerque, NM, where she manages the Central New Mexico LandLink, a program that “links” aspiring farmers with land and mentorship opportunities. Additionally, she recently completed a research project for the Rocky Mountain office of the Environmental Defense Fund, which involved interviewing ranchers in both the Upper Green and Yampa River Valleys about irrigated agriculture and land ownership change.


Joel GratzJoel Gratz (M.S. Meteorology and Policy, M.B.A., 2006), founder of Colorado Power Forecast, just launched www.Chanceof
for sport-specific weather forecasts. Chanceofweather.com is “a team of meteorologists that is dedicated to making weather fun. The news is dominated by

stories of bad weather or generic forecasts. But you like to play outside and want a quick and simple source to find your perfect weather window. You’ve come to the right place. We don’t forecast rainbows and we can’t control the weather (yet), but we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy the outdoors.”


Yeonsang HwangYeonsang Hwang (Ph.D., Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, 2005), and a registered professional engineer, has several new publications:

  • Yeonsang Hwang, Martyn Clark, and Balaji Rajagopalan (2011), “Use of daily precipitation uncertainties in streamflow simulaton and forecast”, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 25(7). DOI: 10.1007/s00477-011-0460-1.
  • Yeonsang Hwang, Martyn Clark, Balaji Rajagopalan, and George H. Leavesley (2011, in print), “Spatial interpolation schemes of daily precipitation for hydrologic modeling”, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment; DOI: 10.1007/s00477-011-0509-1.
  • Yeonsang Hwang, Jun-Haeng Heo, and Younghun Jung (2011), “Ensemble Daily Streamflow Forecast Using Two-step Daily Precipitation Interpolation”, Journal of Korea Water Resources Association, 44(3), 209-220.
  • Yeonsang Hwang, Younghun Jung, Kwangsuop Lim, and Jun-Haeng Heo (2010), “Comparison of Daily Rainfall Interpolation Techniques and Development of Two Step Technique for Rainfall-Runoff Modeling”, Journal of Korea Water Resources Association, 43(12), 1083-1091.

Genevieve MaricleGenevieve Maricle (ENVS Ph.D., 2008) has recently accepted a new position at the US Agency for International Development in the Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning. She will serve as USAID’s Environment and Climate Change Policy Advisor. In this role, she will be responsible for coordinating climate change policy and strategic planning efforts across the Agency, and for representing USAID in its work with the other US government Agencies responsible for the President’s international Global Climate Change Initiative. She works closely with USAID’s Global Climate Change Coordinator in these roles.

As a member of the Office of Policy, she will engage with a number of other Agency-wide development policy initiatives, and will, for example, be responsible for improving integration and cross-sectoral programming across USAID’s development portfolio (e.g. with regard to climate change, urbanization, democracy and governance, food security, water, and health). She is currently managing the release of USAID’s new Climate Change and Development Strategy.


Shali MohlejiShali Mohleji (Ph.D. ENVS 2011) will be taking a fellowship with the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Group in Washington, D.C. She will be working directly with the AMS Policy Director, Dr. Bill Hooke, on federal natural disaster policy and science policy issues.