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Joanna Endter-Wada

Joanna Endter-Wada

Ecology/Environment & Society


Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 270A By Appointment
IconPhone: 435-797-2487


Overarching Themes of Endter-Wada Lab:

  • Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management
  1. interdisciplinary perspectives on human-environment linkages
  2. human hydrology
  • Water Law and Policy
  1. urban water demand management and conservation
  2. drought management
  3. climate change
  4. water for wetlands
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
  1. public land and common property resources
  2. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Urban Water Conservation Research Lab: 435-797-9084

ENVS 5320 - Water Law and Policy in the United States
ENVS 6700/7700 - Research Approaches in HDESM

Graduate Students:
Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management
Andria Hall- PhD
Enjie Li - PhD
Bonnie Roos - MS

Master of Natural Resources
Matthew Betts- MNR
Aubrey Bixler- MNR
Mark Blair- MNR
Eric Cox- MNR
Jessica Delph- MNR
David Faux- MNR
Russell Franklin- MNR
Chris Jensen- MNR
Douglas Johnson- MNR
Mitchell Owens- MNR
Stephanie Parke- MNR

Other Departmental and Program Affiliations:
Master of Natural Resources
Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL)
Ecology Center
Watershed Sciences Department
Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science. Her research generally focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems, with emphases on water, public land, forest resources, fisheries and urban landscapes. She is currently conducting research on human dimensions of drought and climate change, urban landscape water use, and wetlands. The National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Western Water Assessment (NOAA) are funding her current research projects.

During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in numerous activities related to translation between academic disciplines and translation of science to the general public. She has directed and been involved in interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects. She has served at state and federal levels in policy-related appointments. For the State of Utah, she served as Chairperson of the Utah Fish Health Policy Board (1998-2006, two terms), Chairperson of the Utah Forest Practices Task Force (1996, which resulted in a Forest Practices Act passed by the Utah Legislature), and Member of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Advisory Council (1995-1998). For the United States, she served as Chairperson (1996-1998) and Member (1993-1999) of the Outer Continental Shelf Advisory Board Scientific Committee, U.S. Dept. of Interior. She has also served as Associate Editor of Society and Natural Resources (1994-1997) and reviewer for other academic journals.

At present Dr. Endter-Wada advises graduate students in the Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management degree program and in the Master of Natural Resources degree program. Her former students have gone on to work in academia, natural resource agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Curriculum vitae
Selected Publications