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About Joanna Endter-Wada

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science in the Department of Environment and Society, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University. The overarching objective of her scholarship is to produce policy-relevant science and to promote science-based policy. Her professional goals have been to: integrate policy and social science contributions into the science and management of natural resources; diversify perspectives used to understand human-environment interactions; and, work at the interface of natural resource science and policy to promote a more equitable and sustainable future.

She has contributed in varied and creative ways to scholarly endeavors around the theme of analyzing, disseminating, and implementing policies that protect the natural environment but facilitate human use, with a focus on water, fish and forests. She is currently conducting research on human dimensions of drought and climate change, urban landscape water use and conservation, and wetland water issues. She is the Director of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program. During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in activities related to interdisciplinary science, translation of science to the general public, and public policy engagement.


Present Professor, Utah State University Environment and Society
Present Program Director, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program, Utah State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • • 2018 Award for Outstanding Service in the Academic Sector, Utah Section of the American Water Resources Association
  • • 2016 AWRA Boggess Award, Best Paper of 2015 in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (awarded at the Annual AWRA Conference, Orlando, FL, Nov. 16, 2016)
  • • 2014 Western Extension Directors Association Award of Excellence for faculty team of the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (awarded at WEDA Annual Meeting, Lake Tahoe, CA)
  • • 2012 ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems (awarded at Annual Conference of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Sacramento, CA, 2012)
  • • Editors’ Picks, Environment Magazine, May/June 2009
  • • Society of American Foresters Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
  • • Utah Forest Stewardship Achievement Award, 1996


  • ENVS 6320/7320 - Water Law and Policy in the United States
  • ENVS 6700/7700 - Research Approaches in HDESM


1987 PhD, University of California, Irvine ‐ Program in Comparative Culture, School of Social Sciences

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Environment and Society
Quinney College of Natural Resources
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-5215
Office Location:
USU Logan Campus, BNR 270A
Office Phone:
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