Jessica in the Anthropocene

Jessica schooling Dr. Greg Herbert, director of the USF Anthropocene Working Group.

Jessica Balerna, one of our great PhD students, presents at the USF Anthropocene Symposium. Jessica studies how outcomes of aquifer hydrology management alter surface-water and wetland ecology in ways that feed back on human perceptions of environmental change and management. Jessica’s poster is a great example of how to evolve a dissertation—put yourself out there early with a blend of preliminary data and developing ideas. This is a fruitful natural-social sci collaboration with Becky Zarger of USF Anthropology and Shawn Landry of USF Geosciences, and a university-community partnership with Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, who kindly share data.

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