Jennifer Tank is the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the impact of human land use on stream ecosystems. Her ongoing collaborations include projects that will inform the effective management of freshwater through assessment of strategies to improve the health of streams draining cropland in the agricultural Midwest. Professor Tank will discuss her research evaluating the two-stage ditch as a nutrient management strategy, including approaches for quantifying the effectiveness of new management practices using environmental monitoring.
Otto Doering is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. His responsibilities include teaching, research, and public service on policy issues relating to agriculture, resources, and the environment. He has directed Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center and has experience in assessing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on agriculture. He has also directed Purdue University’s Energy Policy Research and Information Program and Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group. His experience on environmental issues includes service on the National Hypoxia Assessment, the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and he chaired EPA’s Integrated Nitrogen Committee. He has held advisory positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for three farm bills, and works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the design and assessment of their programs. He is past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and shares a small piece of the Nobel Peace Prize honoring climate change work with the many individuals working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In past lives he has been a legal investigator and a horse wrangler. Otto Doering has degrees from Cornell University and the London School of Economics.
Leigh Raymond is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Environment at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Dr. Raymond’s research focuses on how non-economic factors influence the design and adoption of environmental policy, especially market-based policies. He has studied how prominent moral beliefs affect the design and implementation of policies ranging from emissions trading to environmental risk management to biodiversity protection on private lands. More recently, he has considered the role of non-economic “issue frames” in shaping public attitudes regarding conservation tillage, renewable fuels, and state-level climate policies. Dr. Raymond has served as PI or Co-PI on more than $1.2 million in external research grants and is the author or co-author of two books on property rights and environmental policy and more than 20 refereed articles. He is currently at work on a new book on recent developments in emissions trading policy. Dr. Raymond teaches courses related to public policy and the environment at the undergraduate and graduate level, and was a winner of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts.
Jane Frankenberger is a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University, focusing on improving water quality in agricultural watersheds. She conducts research and extension on drainage management and conservation practice effectiveness, and leads the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.
Linda Prokopy is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources Social Sciences in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. She is the Project Director of U2U: Useful to Usable, a five year USDA-NIFA funded project focused on providing actionable climate information for farmers and their advisors. As part of this project, Linda and her colleagues have surveyed farmers and their advisors across the Midwest about their climate change beliefs, use of climate information, and willingness to use decision support tools.