Academic Programs

An important component of the MESM degree at the Bren School is theMaster’s Project. SWM Fellows work with clients to develop Master’sProject proposals that use water markets to solve water resourcesproblems. Once a proposal has been approved, SWM fellows work withteams of 4-5 MESM students for 9 months to complete the project andprovide the client with a high-quality product. Examples of SWM Fellowgroup projects are described below

Sustainable Water Markets Fellowshp Program
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Kelly Bourque
Kelly graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s in Hydrologic Sciences. As an undergraduate, Kelly studied abroad in Costa Rica, where she studied sustainable agriculture and tropical freshwater systems. Since 2013, Kelly has worked the Goleta Water District gaining valuable experience in SGMA, groundwater modeling and stormwater planning. In the height of the drought, Kelly became a water conservationist managing diverse urban and agriculture conservation programs, as well as expanding Goleta’s recycled water uses. Kelly worked with UCSB and the Division of Drinking Water to approve the use of recycled water for hauling, industrial cooling, and dual-plumbing. At Bren, Kelly is interested in sustainable water markets and optimizing the balance between water conservation efforts and the advancement of alternative water supplies at the municipal scale.

Kate Burchenal
Kate graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Economics in 2012. Kate worked as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Eagle River Watershed Council in Eagle, Colorado. During her three years in the role, Kate organized the community education series and taught watershed-themed lessons in local elementary, middle, and high schools. Kate also worked with the U.S. Forest Service, local municipalities, and water providers to plan and execute restoration projects throughout the watershed. As a SWM fellow, Kate plans to focus on water management in the West, particularly the ways in which water markets can be leveraged to protect environmental flows.

Morgan Campbell
Morgan graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. For the last two years, Morgan worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for Olam, a global agro-food business. Morgan's key projects included: conducting water risk assessments for manufacturing sites in over-drafted groundwater basins, being the first food processor in California to pilot the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard, developing quantitative analysis tools for measuring the company's baseline water consumption, and implementing localized water stewardship strategies at individual manufacturing sites. At Bren, Morgan hopes to learn more about how innovative water stewardship solutions can protect the health of local watersheds and the viability of the global food supply.

Vivon Crawford
Vivon graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies and a minor in professional writing in 2016. As an undergraduate, she mentored students as the UCSB environmental studies department peer advisor and worked as a land use planner at H&H Environmental. She fostered the connection between the student and local planning communities by co-founding the professional student organization, the Environmental Planning Coalition, and serving as an active student representative for the Central Coast American Planning Association. Vivon's interests in corporate social responsibility and planning and policy implications of freshwater management have motivated her to pursue a specialization in corporate environmental management at the Bren School. After Bren, she hopes to work as a consultant developing sustainable solutions to promote security for water-intensive industries.

Lucy Hedley
Lucy graduated from Davidson College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Economics. She also received a concentration in Environmental Studies. While at Davidson, Lucy studied abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands, South Africa, and India, learning about environmental science and conservation issues. During this time, Lucy became particularly interested in water resources management and did her culminating project in India on groundwater management. After graduating, Lucy spent four years working as a Field Instructor and Program Coordinator for several outdoor education organizations, including the North Carolina Outward Bound School and the Boojum Institute for Experiential Education. She led students on camping, hiking, climbing, and paddling trips, while teaching them about local ecology and conservation issues. During this time, Lucy worked all over the U.S. exploring and learning more about environmental issues. The place that really caught her attention, though, was the Colorado River, where she taught students about the complexities surrounding water management in the southwest while canoeing down the river. Seeing the challenges facing the Colorado River first-hand inspired Lucy to learn more about water resources management. More specifically, Lucy became interested in how market solutions could help better allocate what was becoming an increasingly scarce resource in the west. As a SWM fellow, Lucy hopes to learn more about how water markets can be used effectively to improve the allocative efficiency of water to support a growing population and maintain wild rivers for recreation and the environment. Lucy hopes that the knowledge and tools she will gain as a SWM fellow at the Bren School will allow her to actively work towards these goals and improve water security into the future.

Lindsay McPhail
Lindsay graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a BS in Community, Environment and Development, a BS in Economics with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy, and a BA in Spanish. For her undergraduate thesis, Lindsay assessed economic water quality trading models for the Chesapeake Bay. As an intern for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she supported a national drinking-water infrastructure project. After graduating from Penn State, she worked for Technomics Inc., a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia, where she was responsible for cost and economic analysis projects for the Army, the Navy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a SWM fellow, Lindsay will focus on market-based solutions, such as pricing and trading mechanisms, for sustainable water resource use. She is interested in the interdependencies between water resources and critical infrastructure, especially working on solutions for the agricultural sector in groundwater management.

Anna Schiller
Anna graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management and a minor in Wildlife Fish, and Conservation Biology in 2015. As an undergraduate, Anna worked on several research ecology projects, including a long-term study of San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta native fish species. After receiving here undergraduate degree, Anna further developed her interest in environmental economics and began working at an economic and financial consulting firm in Berkeley, California that worked closely with the National Park service. In this role, she conducted market research and financial analysis for National Parks, including Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, and Zion. Anna is thrilled to have found an intersection for her interests in economics and ecology at the Bren School as she is pursuing a specialization in Water Resource Management. As a SWM Fellow, Anna is interested in finding economic solutions to satisfy both human and environmental water demands in California.

John Sisser
John graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences, policy, and management. During his undergraduate studies, John conducted research on municipal, state, and federal policy approaches to issues such as agricultural nonpoint source water pollution, sustainable urban development, and residential lawn management. Most recently, he has worked for the Izaak Walton League of America, coordinating the organization’s agricultural policy development on topics including wetland conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region and crop insurance. Prior to his time at the League, John interned on Capitol Hill with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, where he assisted with 2014 Farm Bill implementation efforts and helped write the group’s comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. As a SWM Fellow, John is particularly interested in studying how market mechanisms might offer solutions to not just water supply challenges in the American West, but also water quality issues nationwide.