RESEARCH BACKGROUND

I first became interested in the Columbia Basin in the winter of 2016-2017, when I was a Research Fellow at Quest University Canada (www.questu.ca). In partnership with Dr. Rich Wildman, I led research on:

  • generally, how transboundary negotiations pertaining to major water infrastructure projects function.

  • specifically, how efforts to reintroduce anadromous fish to the Upper Columbia Basin could proceed in the ongoing renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

A paper based on this research was recently published by the scholarly journal Water International. It focuses on the institutional factors which will affect the outcome of the CRT renegotiation as it pertains to the potential restoration of salmon to the upper watershed. 

Since I first began studying the Columbia Basin and the CRT, I've been fortunate to attend a number of related events including:

  • The Columbia River Treaty: A Panel Discussion at Simon Fraser University (February 2017)

  • The Columbia River Treaty Symposium at Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University (February 2017)

  • Workshop of the UC Berkeley CRT Science Advisory Group at UC Berkeley (April 2017)

  • The International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage at Oregon State University (June 2017)

  • The 5th annual One River, Ethics Matter conference on the CRT in Missoula, Montana (April 2018)

  • The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 2018 Summit in Spokane, Washington (July 2018)