Speakers

Travis Anderson
Travis Anderson is a project manager and process engineer with Strand Associates, Inc.® He has BS and MS degrees in Environmental Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Iowa and Wisconsin. Travis has worked on several water quality trading projects and actively participated in the Water Quality Trading Advisory Group in Wisconsin.

 


Antonio Arenas -Amada
Antonio Arenas is an associate research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa. He has been working with computational models applied to water resources management for more than nine years. Arenas’ research focuses on the development and application of fully-coupled surface-subsurface watershed models to assess mitigation projects directed toward flood damage reduction and the fate and transport of nutrients.

 


Asih Asikin-Garmager
Asih Asikin-Garmager is the Associate Director of the Center of Evaluation and Assessment and is a member of the evaluation team for the Iowa Watershed Approach.

 

 

 

 


Ellen M. Audia
Ellen Audia is pursuing a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology at Iowa State University in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Under the advisement of Drs. Lisa Schulte Moore and John Tyndall, Ellen is working to create more perennial-based agroecosystems for the betterment of humans and the environment.


Steve Buan
Steve began his career with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1988 as a meteorologist intern. He subsequently transferred to the Twin Cities and has spent the last 30 years forecasting floods and droughts across the Upper Midwest including “The Great Flood of 1993”, Red River floods of 1997 and 2009, and the Upper Mississippi floods of 2001, 2008, and 2019.

Steve held 4 positions between the Twin Cities offices, starting with Journeyman Hydrologist in the NCRFC. In 2003, he switched sides to become the Senior Service Hydrologist for WFO Twin Cities/Chanhassen. In 2008, he went back to the RFC becoming the inaugural Service Coordination Hydrologist. He was promoted to Hydrologist in Charge in 2016.

He was a 1999 recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for significant contributions to advanced river forecasting models. He was a 2013 recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for outstanding customer service during the Souris river flood of 2011. Most recently, he and group of colleagues were honored in 2016 with the NOAA Administrator’s Award for developing the Runoff Risk Forecast to aid in reduction of non-point source nutrient runoff. He has published several articles on advanced river modeling techniques and presented findings at professional conferences. Steve has also been involved in assessing National Weather Service performance during the Nashville flood of 2010, “The Great Flood of 2011” and the Texas/Oklahoma flooding in 2015.


Bethany Brittenham
Bethany primarily works with agencies and landowners on design and implementation of water quality practices including wetlands, saturated buffers, and bioreactors.

 

 

 


Melissa Campbell
Melissa is currently a Senior Environmental Scientist with JEO Consulting Group and specializes in MS4 administration, NPDES and Section 404 permitting, and wetland delineation and monitoring. Her previous experience includes managing environmental programs and permits for the City of Sioux City, and conducting research, education, and outreach related to the Missouri National Recreational River for the Missouri River Institute.

 


Margaret Carolan
Margaret Carolan is a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering and NSF GRFP Fellow at the University of Iowa. Her current research focuses on developing treatment materials for removing radionuclides from drinking water. She received a B.S. in Water Resources, Policy, and Management from Virginia Tech in 2018.


Charlie Cigrand
Charlie Cigrand is a physical scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Central Midwest Water Science Center (Iowa City office) and specializes in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.

 

 

 


Justin Clark


Craig Clarkson
Craig the Water Resources Group Leader for ISG located out of the firm’s Des Moines office. Craig relocated to the Des Moines area in 2018 from Chicago, Illinois, where he spent most of his career focused on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, urban stormwater design, green infrastructure and watershed planning.

 

 


Ted Corrigan
Ted Corrigan, P.E, is CEO & General Manager for Des Moines Water Works. He has been with the utility for more than 30 years.  He started his Water Works career in the Engineering Dept. where he spent 10 years, followed by six years as Director of the Water Production Dept., seven years as Director of the Water Distribution Dept. and four years as Chief Operating Officer before becoming Interim CEO and ultimately CEO & General Manager.  Mr. Corrigan is a Civil Engineering graduate from Iowa.

 

 


Jens Dancer
Jens Dancer works as a process engineer for Gross-Wen Technologies. In this role he works closely with municipalities and engineers across Iowa to design and install RAB treatment systems. Over the last several years, he has worked on several pilot and demonstration scale RAB treatment systems to gather real world treatment data on the RAB technology. Today he is here to share some of the key findings from these projects and present an overview of the RAB technology.

 

 


David De La Torre
David De La Torre is a Community Organizing Planner at Astig Planning. He was the co- lead planner of the Flood Resilience Action Plan.

 

 

 

 


Valerie Decker
Valerie Decker is the Assistant Director of the Center for Evaluation and Assessment and has been serving on the evaluation team for the Iowa Watershed Approach since 2016. In this work, Valerie has been collaborating with the IWA partners and stakeholders to document the implementation and impacts of IWA.

 

 


Ibrahim Demir
Ibrahim Demir is a Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering.


Bartlett Durand
Bartlett Durand is the Director, Water Quality Partnerships for Sand County Foundation. He helps facilitate agreements between the DNR and wastewater plants and provides support of cities in developing their watershed approaches.

 

 

 


Craig Ficenec
Craig Ficenec is Program Director at Sand County Foundation, where he leads projects to improve water quality and wildlife habitat within an agricultural landscape. A native of Omaha and a graduate of Iowa State University, Craig’s work has focused on watershed-based projects in the Peruvian Andes, the central coast of California, and his current home state of Wisconsin.

 

 


Jennifer Fencl
Jennifer Fencl is the Environmental Services Director at the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) where she works closely with its public-sector members on a variety of environmental planning activities. During her twenty-three years at ECICOG, she has worked on projects related to waste management, recycling, local material collection services, and sustainability initiatives. In recent years, projects have focused on watershed planning, grant writing and assisting in the formation of Watershed Management Authorities in the ECICOG region.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and earned the Master of Arts from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Environmental Planning.

 

 


Trent Ford


Derek Franklin
Derek Franklin is a PhD student at Iowa State University studying Rural Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture.

 

 

 

 


Paige Frautschy
Paige Frautschy is Agriculture Program Director at The Nature Conservancy in Iowa. She is passionate about improving farming practices in ways that make them more environmentally and economically sustainable. She received her MS from the University of Wisconsin Madison in the field of Agroecology.


Dan Fricke
Dan Fricke is a Senior Project Manager in Water Resources at JEO Consulting Group, Inc. where he has worked for over 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and serves as a Board Member of the Nebraska Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association. Dan’s focus is large scale flood risk reduction planning and implementation for communities across the Midwest.  He is actively working with numerous entities to reduce flood risks along the Missouri River.

 


V Fixmer-Oraiz
V Fixmer-Oraiz is a community and environmental planner. She founded Astig Planning to fuse community organizing techniques with planning frameworks. As a company aligned with a vision toward equity and sustainability, her work has focused on regional planning and community engagement. She has worked with municipalities and counties on comprehensive and master plans, and has contributed to the completion of several regional watershed plans, including the English River and Middle Cedar River watershed plans. She is passionate about engaging with people on a range of issues impacting their community, such as stormwater and floods, economic development, racial equity and social justice, and expanding community services. She is a certified yoga teacher and offers classes focused on building community and connecting people.

 


Lijing Gao
Lijing Gao is a Ph.D. candidate double majoring in Rural Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

 

 

 

 


Kate Giannini
Kate Giannini joined the Iowa Flood Center team in 2017 and leads outreach, communication, and research activities for the Iowa Watershed Approach at the Iowa Flood Center and serves as liaison between IIHR researchers, IWA partners, and external stakeholders.  Prior to stepping into this role in 2017, Kate gained valuable “boots on the ground” experience by working with landowners, public and private agencies for nearly ten years in Johnson County, IA.

 

 


Dan Gilles
Dan Gilles has been a Water Resources Engineer with the Iowa Flood Center since 2010.  He has experience developing 1D and 2D hydraulic models and flood inundation maps for IFC’s Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) and Iowa DNR’s Statewide Mapping Project.  He has also been involved with the Iowa Watershed Approach project investigating strategies at the watershed-scale to reduce flooding.

 

 


Justin Gilsan


Carrie Givens

 

 

 

 

 


Ingrid Gronstal Anderson
Ingrid Gronstal Anderson is the Water Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council. Gronstal Anderson has a B.S. and a J.D. from the University of Iowa. She has many years of experience in water policy, most recently serving as the Environmental Compliance Specialist at the University of Iowa Utilities and Energy Management. She previously worked as a consultant with the University of Iowa’s Office of Sustainability and Iowa Learning Farms. Gronstal Anderson has dedicated years to ensuring the health of Iowa lakes, rivers, and water overall. Leveraging her science background, Gronstal Anderson brings a unique perspective on the relationship between water quality and human health.

Ingrid grew up going to Okoboji every summer, and her parents now live on the east shore of Spirit Lake. Ingrid assures that growing up swimming, boating, fishing, and sailing instilled a strong appreciation of and dedication to the environment, particularly water resources. Ingrid has a cruffy lab mutt named Harper and in her spare time Ingrid enjoys traveling around the midwest racing her bicycle in road and cyclocross events.


Martin Gross

 

 

 

 

 


William Gutowski
William Gutowski is a professor of meteorology at Iowa State. He has served on such programs as the World Meteorological Organization’s World Climate Research Programme and has co-authored reports for the IPCC and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

 

 

 


Michael Heller
Michael Heller is a Senior Environmental Scientist with JEO Consulting Group and has been working in the Midwest with natural resources since 1992.  Michael specializes as a wetland ecologist and as a stormwater manager.  His work as a project manager has included projects for wetland and stream restoration, mitigation banking as well green infrastructure projects, implementing public education and outreach programs, and construction stormwater inspection/compliance.

 


Adrian Holmes
A senior project manager whose main focus is public works, Adrian began his engineering career in 2001 and has since worked on a variety of projects ranging from transportation improvements to stormwater studies and trail enhancements. Adrian serves on the Knowledge Team for the American Public Works Association Water Resources Committee and serves as a board member of Take a Kid Outdoors and the Coralville North Corridor Rotary.

 

 


Nate Hoogeveen
Nate Hoogeveen is the River Programs Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He has developed skills and methods related to Iowa’s River Restoration Toolbox as lead technical advisor for developing the resources. He teaches river restoration workshops and reviews and manages river restoration projects.

 

 


Steve Hopkins
Steve Hopkins is the Nonpoint Source Coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Since 2007 he has managed the EPA Section 319 grant that funds watershed projects and statewide water quality projects in Iowa and has overseen Iowa’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan implementation.

 

 


James Houle
James Houle is the Program Director for the Stormwater Center.  His responsibilities include directing and managing the Stormwater Center’s growing body of research projects.  Areas of expertise include diffusion of innovative stormwater management solutions, the design and implementation of innovative stormwater control measures including green infrastructure (GI), and low impact development (LID) strategies, planning and implementation, operation and maintenance, and water resource monitoring.

 


Chris Jones
Chris Jones is a Research Engineer at the University of Iowa, IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering.

 

 

 

 


Judith Joyce
Ms. Joyce is a geomorphologist specializing in watershed planning, streams, wetlands, soils, and hydrological studies. Her passion is to finds ways to bring nature back into communities by incorporating nature play areas and utilizing a variety of outside the box funding sources.
Mr. Ritter, Executive Director of Nahant Marsh, oversees operations and developed/sustained the environmental education programs, biological research projects, and natural resource management practices.

 


Chris Kahle
Chris Kahle is the GIS Project Lead for Iowa DNRs statewide floodplain mapping project. Chris received his BA from the University of Iowa in Psychology and Geography and Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Kansas.

 

 

 


Hacer Karamese
Hacer Karamese is a graduate research assistant at the CEA and has been part of the IWA evaluation team since summer 2019.


Adam Kiel

 

 

 

 

 


Doug Kluck


Hank Kohler
Hank Kohler is a lifelong fisherman and local business owner. In 2016 he received the Olav Smedal Conservation Award in Story County. Some may remember Hank from the old Happy Joe’s in Ames, and after damaging floods in 2008, he decided to leave the pizza business. This allowed him to spend more time with his other passion…fishing. He started Hank Kohler’s Learn 2 Fish and still continues to take others fishing whether it be in Iowa or around the Midwest.

 

 


Steve Konrady
Steve Konrady is the Western Iowa Basin Coordinator for the Iowa DNR and grant officer for the education campaign grants.

 

 

 

 


Margaret Krome
Ms. Krome is Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, which is the fiscal agent for the Uplands Producer-Led Watershed Group, of which she is the coordinator. Since 1986, Krome has worked on federal, state, and local policy supporting sustainable agriculture and conservation policies.

 

 

 


Keegan Kult
Keegan was hired as the Executive Director of the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition in the fall of 2018 with the goal of speeding the implementation of conservation drainage practices throughout the Midwest. ADMC is an industry led organization which has contributed to the development of best management practices such as drainage water management, saturated buffers, and bioreactors. Keegan has been a part of 30+ bioreactor or saturated buffer installations. Drainage practice research that Keegan has contributed to the science has led to the development of NRCS conservation practice standards and the inclusions of the practices in state nutrient reduction strategies. Prior to joining ADMC, Keegan spent the previous 10 years with the Iowa Soybean Association as an Environmental Scientist where he focused on the development of conservation drainage practices.


Mike Kuntz
Mike Kuntz is currently serving as Utilities Environmental Manager for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Utilities Division consists of a Wastewater Facility, two Water Treatment Plants and Solid Waste and Recycling division. Mike and his team have accountability for maintaining compliance with NPDES Permit, Title V Air Emissions Permit, Process Safety Management-Chlorine, Laboratory Certification and Watershed Partnerships. Mike serves as Iowa League of Cities representative for Watershed Planning Advisory Council (WPAC). WPAC advises the State Legislators with recommendations for improving water quality across Iowa. Mike has a B.A. in Biology from Coe College and several State of Iowa Operators licenses. He has a Grade 4 Voluntary Collection System, Grade 2 Wastewater Treatment and Grade 1 Water Treatment and Distribution license.

 


Mark Lambert
Mark is CEO of ReHarvest Partners, where he manages the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, a first-of-its-kind investment fund that provides financial incentives to farmers implementing new on-farm conservation practices. Mark is also Vice President at Quantified Ventures, an outcomes based capital firm that develops and finances innovative projects and programs that create health, social and environmental impact. Previously, Mark held positions of Partner at WaterMark Resource Development, a specialized water infrastructure developer; Director at Farmland LP, a sustainable agriculture private equity fund; and Principal at Terra Global Capital, a land-use carbon project developer.

 


Ji Yeow Law
Ji Yeow Law is a research engineer in the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. My research focuses on the fate and transport of nutrients in the environment, and the design and evaluation of water quality conservation practices.

 

 

 


Nate Lawrence
Nate is primarily interested in how soils mediate the role of ecosystems in our climate and water systems and management strategies to reduce negative environmental impacts.

 

 

 


Greg LeFevre
Greg LeFevre is an assistant professor of environmental engineering at IIHR and CEE at the University of Iowa. His lab group studies fate and transformation of emerging organic contaminants to improve water quality, focusing on green stormwater systems, pesticides, and water reuse.

 

 


Huan Liu
Huan Liu is graduate is a graduate research assistant at the CEA and has been part of the IWA evaluation team since August 2020.


Chaoqun Lu
Dr. Chaoqun Lu is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University.

 

 

 

 


Antonio Mallarino
Antonio Mallarino is Professor and Nutrient Management Research and Extension Specialist at Iowa State University. His water resources work focuses on phosphorus fertilizer and manure management impacts on water quality. He contributes to the development of the Iowa Phosphorus Index and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

 

 


Bree Marmur
Bree Marmur is a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State where her research focuses on urban stormwater best management practices and urban hydrology.

 

 

 


Emily Martin
Emily Martin is the Conservation Programs Coordinator for Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, leading INHF’s Land-Based Climate Solutions program and all water research projects. Emily joined INHF shortly after completing her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Iowa State University in 2018.

 

 


Jim Marwedel
Jim Marwedel is a hazard mitigation planner with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, where he has worked since 2008.   Currently he is focused on writing a Resiliency Strategies Report to document important lessons from the Iowa Watershed Approach that community leaders can use to attain local flood disaster resilience. Before coming to the State, Jim was a city administrator, a public works director, and a city planner.  He has a Master of City & Regional Planning from Ohio State.

 


Marshall McDaniel
Dr. Marshall McDaniel is the assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University.

 

 

 

 


Sean McMahon
Sean McMahon is the Executive Director of IAWA where he works with key partners to champion farmer engagement and adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality. Sean has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and agriculture, including leading diverse coalitions dedicated to improving water quality. He formerly directed The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) North America Agriculture Program.

 

 


Cara Morgan
Cara Morgan is the Project Coordinator for both the East and West Nishnabotna River WMA’s. She works as liaison between the WMA Board of Directors made up of County Supervisors, SWCD’s, and cities as well as the engineering consultants, and the local landowners and producers within the watershed. Cara successfully facilitated the development of the East and West Nishnabotna Watershed Management and Flood Resiliency Plans which won the Iowa Chapter APA award for environmental planning.

 


Chris Morris
Chris Morris is a Graduate Research Assistant at Iowa State University. After working for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 15 years, Chris obtained his Master’s Degree in Rural Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture at ISU in 2020 and is currently pursuing his PhD degree in the same areas. His research focuses on farmer adoption of conservation practices and how farmer decisions are effected by structural factors such as markets, policy, and programs.

 


Riley Mullins
Riley Mullins is an Engineer at GHD in Des Moines. Her background consists of primarily work with private well and ambient air monitoring programs. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.


John Norwood


Laurie Nowatzke
Laurie serves as the measurement coordinator for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Her work focuses on tracking Iowa’s implementation of agricultural conservation practices that address water quality concerns.

 

 

 


Eric Osterdyk
Eric Osterdyk is a water resources engineer who loves to model – on computers not runways. He is routinely “bumping” curve numbers, calculating high water levels, and predicting pollutant loading. 

 

 

 


Spencer Pech
Spencer works with drainage districts, watershed agencies, contractors, and landowners on drainage repair and improvement projects as well as construction of wetlands and edge of field practices.


Maria Perez
Maria Perez is a stormwater specialist at the City of Cedar Falls. Maria got her master’s in civil and environmental engineering with emphasis on water resources from the University of Iowa. Maria earned a masters in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. She brings a unique insight as well with eight years of education background in addition to her 5 years in the field of water and environmental management. Maria will bring important perspectives on how water affects everyday residents and how we can involve youth in water conservation and management efforts.

Maria is originally from Colombia, and loves her birth and adoptive country. She is married and has two kids, a dog, a guinea pig and several fish. She loves dancing, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

 


Heidi Peterson
Dr. Heidi Peterson is Sand County Foundation’s Vice-President of Agricultural Research and Conservation where she is engaged in and sets its strategic direction in research, and farmer and rancher engagement. Heidi completed her PhD in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Minnesota and attended Purdue University for her MS degree in Agronomy.

 

 


Scott Ralston
Scott Ralston is the Project Manager for Iowa DNRs statewide floodplain mapping program. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Iowa and Nebraska.

 

 

 


Liz Ripley
Liz Ripley is the conservation and cover crops outreach specialist with the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! When not streaming current outreach events, she communicates with ILF farmer partners, develops new outreach content, and organizes field days, workshops, and Water Rocks! school visits. Originally from a farm in northeast Iowa (Butler County), Ripley earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and economics from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 


Brian Ritter
Mr. Ritter, Executive Director of Nahant Marsh, oversees operations and developed/sustained the environmental education programs, biological research projects, and natural resource management practices.

 

 

 


Adam Rodenberg
Adam Rodenberg is the project coordinator with the Iowa Watershed Approach in the Middle Cedar Watershed. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Systematics and a Professional Science Master’s degree in Ecosystem Management from the University of Northern Iowa. After receiving his master’s degree in 2011, Adam has worked with various State, Federal, and Non-Profit conservation organizations throughout the Midwest and Western United States. Adam is a native to rural Northeast Iowa and enjoys spending his free time with his friends and family on the Mississippi River near Guttenberg.


Paul Rydlund
Paul is the chief over the Surface Water Hydraulics and Modeling Group for the USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center.  In addition, he serves as the Federal Liaison Officer for FEMA Mission Assignments as well as serving in advisory and technical roles with various USGS national programs.
Paul received bachelor’s degrees in Business and Technology, with subsequent bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geological and Civil Engineering.  His background specializes in hydrology and hydraulics.


Pat Sauer
Pat Sauer is the Executive Director of the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP).  She will lead the road trip tours in central and western Iowa.

 

 

 

 


Keith Schilling
Keith Schilling is State Geologist and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa.

 

 

 

 


Eric Schmechel
Eric Schmechel is the watershed program director for the Dubuque SWCD. Eric coordinates both urban stormwater programs and agricultural watershed activities for the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, and the Dubuque SWCD.

 

 

 


Adam Schnieders
Adam Schnieders has worked in various roles for water quality programs within the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the past 20 years, including a role coordinating the state’s water quality standards efforts, and serving as the NPDES program supervisor. Adam was a leader in the development of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy that brings the point and nonpoint source sectors together in a common statewide plan to reduce nutrients in Iowa’s waters and those of its downstream neighbors. Schnieders now serves as Water Quality Resource Coordinator, which is responsible for the management and coordination of water quality policies and partnership programs for the DNR. Adam plays an active role in a number of workgroups, including the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, the Water Quality Executive Committee for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, and has been serving as Co-Chair of the Association of Clean Water Administrators Nutrients Policy Committee since 2014.


Dr. Silvia Secchi
Dr. Silvia Secchi, Assoc. Prof. of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at U of I, has research in environmental impacts of agriculture, conservation policy, and land use science.

 

 

 


John Shanahan
Dr. John Shanahan is an agronomist with Soil Health Institute and manages the day-to-day activities of the institute’s Economic Assessment of Soil Health practices project.

 

 

 


Doug Sheeley
Doug Sheeley holds degrees from Iowa State University (BS – Fisheries and Wildlife Biology– 1984) and Texas Tech University (MS – Wildlife Science– 1988) and currently works as Natural Resources Manager for Polk County Conservation (PCC) in Maxwell, Iowa. He worked for Hardin and Dallas Counties in Iowa as a vegetation manager focusing on invasive species control, native prairie restoration and erosion mitigation from 1989-2006. He began his career with Polk County Conservation as a Natural Resources Supervisor in 2006 and became Conservation Ecologist- Terrestrial in 2018 before accepting the position he currently holds as leader of the PCC Natural Resources Division. Doug has been involved in numerous habitat restoration projects while employed by Polk county, mainly at Chichqua Bottoms Greenbelt- one of the largest prairie-wetland reclamation projects in the Midwest. He has completed the Iowa DNR River Restoration Toolbox training, both Base (Level 1) and Geomorphic Design (Level 2) and is experience in prescribed burning, invasive species control and native prairie establishment & management. He is a new grandfather and loves to duck hunt, fish for crappies and cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones in his spare time.


Linda Shenk
Linda Shenk is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Iowa State. She applies her background in storytelling and performance to creating storytelling-based computer simulation models for use in community engagement.

 

 

 


Todd Shoemaker
Todd Shoemaker has 18 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering. During that time, he’s created hundreds of stormwater models and selected thousands of curve numbers for compacted and uncompacted soils.

 

 

 


Mary Skopec
Mary Skopec is the Executive Director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Dr. Skopec earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from The University of Iowa and she completed her Ph.D. in environmental science in the same institution. Prior to coming to Iowa Lakeside Lab, Dr. Skopec served as a senior scientist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources where she coordinated the beach monitoring, stream monitoring and citizen monitoring (or IOWATER) programs. She is also a member of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council and the National Advisory Committee on Water. Dr. Skopec will bring both science and field experience knowledge on discussions around water quality.

 


Michelle Soupir
Dr. Michelle Soupir is the Professor and Associate Chair for Research & Extension in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University.

 

 

 

 


Reid Stamer


Mary Beth Stevenson
Mary Beth Stevenson is the Watersheds and Source Water Coordinator, City of Cedar Rapids.

 

 

 

 


Kelly Suttles
Kelly Suttles uses her expertise in hydrologic modeling and geospatial analysis to identify natural infrastructure opportunities on working lands. She works closely with other scientists to better understand how land management practices can reduce nutrient losses and maintain productivity while also improving water, air, and soil quality.

 

 


Kay Stefanik
Dr. Kay Stefanik is the Assistant Director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

 

 

 

 


Johnathon Swanson

John Swanson is the water resources planner and watershed management authority coordinator with Polk County Public Works.  John has worked in Central Iowa for the past 10 years on numerous watershed projects including Easter Lake and Big Creek Lake restorations projects. In his current role John works with communities across the Des Moines metro to implement conservation practices to improve water quality and reduce flooding.

 


Peter Thorne
Peter Thorne is Head of the Univ. of Iowa Dept. of Occupational & Environmental Health and directs the Human Toxicology Program. His lab studies health effects of air pollutants and nanotoxicology. Thorne served as Chair of the US EPA Science Advisory Board and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology. He currently Chairs the NAS Committee on Toxicology. He teaches courses on climate change, global environmental health, and toxicology.

 


Eugene Takle
Eugene Takle, Professor Emeritus in Agronomy at ISU, has published research on Iowa climate and climate change impacts.

 

 

 

 


Dr. Eric Tate
Dr. Eric Tate is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.  He teaches and conducts research in the areas of flood hazards, water resources, environmental justice, and social vulnerability, using geospatial indicators to explore interactions among environment and society.  Dr. Tate earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, a M.S. in Water Resources Engineering, and a PhD in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

 

 


Dennis Todey
Dennis Todey is the Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub.


Rai Tokuhisa
Rai Tokuhisa is a collaborative human exploring all the places that water can take us. They are interested in thoughtful design, the conservation land ethic, and solutions that give the future a seat at the proverbial table. Rai earned their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Iowa in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rai’s engineering adventure has included site and utility design, stormwater network and best management practices, community and watershed planning, and stream and wetland restoration. They are inspired by our relationship with our watersheds, our community, and ourselves. Rai is currently excited for a short commitment in the Kingdom of Hawai’i, where they will be working with adolescents in a wilderness therapy program. Rai’s goals are to help connect people to each other and the earth in a way that helps everyone live in safety, health, and fulfillment.


Suraj Upadhaya
Suraj Upadhaya is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University (ISU) working on the project CCHANGE.

 

 

 


Ray Wolf
Ray Wolf is the Science and Operations Officer for the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities.  He also has regional responsibilities in climate services in the National Weather Service Central Region.


Molly Woloszyn
Molly Woloszyn is the Coordinator for the National Integrated Drought Information System Midwest Drought Early Warning System.


Shane Wulf
Shane Wulf serves as edge of field coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to his current role he served nearly 5 years as a watershed coordinator for the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District in Waterloo, Iowa.

 

 

 


Wendong Zhang
Dr. Wendong Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University since August 2015. His research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland market, agricultural nutrient runoff, conservation practice adoption, and Chinese agriculture. Dr. Zhang is also affiliated with Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD).
Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015.