Instructor Profiles

Lynette de Silva

Lynette de Silva

Lynette de Silva directs OSU's program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation and is a water resources instructor. As a consultant to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Lynette has conducted water conflict management training to senior water professionals from Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Burundi, in a skills-building workshop titled, "Train the Trainer." She volunteers as a mediation practitioner within the Benton County, Oregon, court system. Lynette holds an M.S. in Environmental Geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology and a B.S. in Geology. Over the past 19 years, she has worked in areas emphasizing water resources and land management practices, including directing OSU's Natural Resources Leadership Academy in 2012, working on projects to assist in supporting water conflict prevention and resolution, mitigating flooding in the Red River Basin, quantifying carbon in soils in the U.S. Northern Great Plains, and identifying and overseeing remediation of soil and groundwater contamination in Indiana.


John Matthews

John Matthews

John H. Matthews is the secretariat coordinator and co-founder of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute and the World Bank. An aquatic ecologist by training, his work integrates technical and policy knowledge to support resilient resource management, climate - robust infrastructure operations, and economic development. John has published widely for technical, practitioner and general audiences, including recent articles in Science and Nature Climate Change and reports for the World Bank and United Nations agencies. AGWA also maintains a capacity building and learning site at http://agwaguide.org.


Christine Olsen

Christine Olsen

Christine Olsen is a research associate and instructor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Forest Resources with a minor in sociology and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences with a minor in sociology from Oregon State University, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences with a focus in ecology from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on human dimensions of natural resources, planning and decision-making processes, citizen-agency communication and interactions, and forest and smoke management before, during and after wildfires. Her most recent work adds an examination of public health impacts of smoke from wildfire and forest management. Christine served on the program development committee for the OSU Master of Natural Resources degree and co-instructs the Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources Course (MNR 511). She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on managing for multiple resource values and social science research methods through Oregon State Ecampus.


Ann Scheerer

Ann Scheerer

Ann Scheerer is an instructor and academic advisor for Oregon State University's Sustainability Double-Degree Program. Before entering academia in 2009, Ann worked with local governments and nonprofits on sustainable community planning in the Puget Sound region. Ann has a Ph.D. in Design and Planning from the University of Colorado, where she served as a National Science Foundation Sustainable Urban Infrastructure IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) Fellow. Her research is focused on local climate planning. Ann has also obtained an M.P.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, an M.S. in Sustainable Development from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a B.A. in Physics from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ann serves on the Corvallis Environmental Center’s Board of Directors and on the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Steering Committee. She is passionate about sustainable communities and helping OSU students identify their career direction in sustainability.


Edward Weber

Edward Weber

Edward (Ed) P. Weber is the Ulysses G. Dubach Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University's School of Public Policy. As a former business owner and leader of the Thomas S. Foley Public Policy Institute at Washington State University, Ed brings a wealth of real-world experience to his scholarship on natural resources policy. Specializing in innovative new approaches to resolving and managing difficult natural resource issues – whether in watershed management, pollution control, forestry or endangered species – he has advised governments and NGOs throughout the American West, Central Asia and New Zealand. In addition, Ed has conducted and presented research in the U.S. and around the world in places such as France, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Japan, Hungary, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.


Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf is a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He has an M.S. in Water Resources Management with an emphasis in hydrogeology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy Analysis with an emphasis in dispute resolution from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation, where his training - that combines environmental sciences with dispute resolution theory and practice - have been particularly appropriate. Aaron has acted as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including co-authoring a State Department reference text. Aaron, a trained mediator and facilitator, directs OSU's program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.

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