About Us

The Power of Stanford: Academic Research, Applied Solutions

Stanford University established Water in the West in 2010 to address the West’s growing water crisis and to create new solutions that move the region toward a more sustainable water future.

A joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Water in the West marshals the resources of one of the world’s preeminent research institutions to address one of the most urgent questions about the West’s future—how can the region continue to thrive despite growing water scarcity?

Water in the West bridges the gap between academic research and applied solutions by creating new practical tools and forming strong partnerships to inform policymakers, water managers, businesses and environmental groups. Stanford University brings a range of unique assets to solving the West’s water scarcity challenge, including world-class faculty, researchers and students across an extraordinary breadth of disciplines; and credibility capable of influencing a broad range of leaders.

Water in the West harnesses these resources toward solving the West’s growing water scarcity problem.

 

 

Program Staff

Newsha Ajami

Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Megan Glatzel

Program Coordinator

Bea Gordon

Research and Communications Analyst

Tara Moran

Research Associate, Program Lead, Sustainable Groundwater

Leon Szeptycki

Executive Director, Water in the West; Professor of the Practice, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Postdoctoral Scholars

Benjamin Bryant

Postdoctoral Scholar

Esther Conrad

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainable Groundwater Management

Sibyl Diver

Postdoctoral Scholar

Debra Perrone

Postdoctoral Fellow, Western Water Dashboard Project

Ali Sarhadi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty

Bruce Cain

Professor in Humanities and Sciences and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West

Craig Criddle

Professor, Environmental Engineering and Science, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Noah Diffenbaugh

Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow- Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor of Earth System Sciences

David Freyberg

Senior Fellow, By Courtesy - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Kennedy

Senior Fellow, Emeritus - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus

Peter Kitanidis

Affiliate - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rosemary Knight

Senior Fellow, By Courtesy - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; The George L. Harrington Professor in the School of Earth Science

Richard Luthy

Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Barton "Buzz" Thompson

Senior Fellow and Founding Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law

Frank Wolak

Affiliate - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Holbrook Working Professor in Commodity Price Studies

Researcher

Rebecca Nelson

Non-resident Fellow, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program

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