Hydraulics/Hydrology Seminar Series
Social Dimensions of Watershed Managment
Professor, Purdue University
Friday, October 27, 2017
Improving water quality is a challenging dilemma that requires both technical and social fixes. Dr. Prokopy will review her research into the determinants of behavioral change in the agricultural Midwest focusing on three main topics: (1) what social conditions help facilitate collective action in watersheds; (2) what motivates individual farmers to adopt conservation practices; and (3) how to build upon existing networks to facilitate change. She will also provide a brief overview of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center and its small grants program.
Dr. Linda Prokopy is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University and the Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. Dr. Prokopy is an interdisciplinary social scientist who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work incorporating social science into the fields of agricultural conservation, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and watershed management. She has developed a highly successful integrated program focused on the role of human decision making in water resources management. Dr. Prokopy has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in consistently high-tier journals, she has generated over $12 million in competitive research funds, and she has graduated and mentored numerous graduate students and postdocs.