Dr. Randy Hunt Looks at Ecohydrology as "Intersection" This Week

  • Feb 25, 2019

EES welcomes Distinguished Speaker Dr. Randy Hunt of the United States Geological Survey.

"Intersecting Societal Decision-making and Groundwater Science through Ecohydrology"

Modern water-resources decision making typically involves issues beyond the water itself.  Decisions involving groundwater – a resource largely unseen and sparsely observed – are commonly driven by societal importance given to ecosystem functions that depend on groundwater. This connection of groundwater to other functions can be considered a subset of “ecohydrology”, which is perhaps most easily seen in the societal importance given to groundwater dependent ecosystems.  Ecohydrology in the context of decision making requires a different mindset from the past when science areas were more distinct.  Two examples are used to illustrate these concepts, one involving factors important for a cold-water fishery and one involving pathogen transport to drinking water wells. In both cases typical ways of thinking of groundwater systems were not sufficient to characterize important ecohydrological connections. Moreover, the societally relevant endpoints formed an important lens for determining what was interesting in the results, and what was important.   

Come explore the intersections of Echohydrology on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM in Room 204, Natural Science Building on the East Lansing campus.