Seed Grant: Climate Change and Water Resources Policy


Professor Koontz received a seed grant to further research in three areas related to climate change and water resources policy: (a) policy research on complex coastal / estuary resources; (b) the changing climate of water resource policy and management; and (c) collaboration and farmer adoption of BMPs in central Ohio.

Project Status

The grant has funded (stipend, tuition, and travel/materials) a doctoral student, Brad Ashburn, doing his scoping for research on collaborative problem-solving forums for watershed and estuary management. Brad is a student in the Environment and Natural Resources graduate program of the School of Environment and Natural Resources, in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. After preliminary scoping efforts in North Carolina, including initial interviews, we have shifted the study site to a more theoretically rich one, still in the southeastern U.S. We have identified six cases for a cross-case comparison in Florida. In addition, Brad has spent time developing his theory base and preparing for his qualifying exams.

The grant has funded a white paper, Global Climate Change and Nonpoint Source Pollution Policy Instruments.