If you visited water.msu.edu in the past, it was home to the MSU Global Water Initiative. So what happened to it? The answer is that the Global Water Initiative was essentially a hiring initiative and hiring is now complete. Through the Initiative, we added 16 new faculty members to our MSU water community (check out the list of new faculty at the end of this post).

Although the hiring initiative has ended, fostering water science on campus has not. That’s why we’re transitioning this site to the MSU Water Science Network.  Over the years, many of us- from the Center for Water Sciences to the Environmental Science and Policy Program to individual faculty and many others- have worked to facilitate and advance water science and education here at MSU. The Water Science Network website pulls information about all of our efforts into one place. We hope this site offers “one-stop shopping” for all things water at MSU. But wait, there’s more…

The Water Science Network isn’t just a website. Our goal is to build rapid synergies and working relationships among faculty, facilitate joint research grants, and promote MSU as a center of excellence in water. We’ll be offering networking opportunities and other events to build these relationships and promote interdisciplinary collaboration across campus. We’re also designing innovative programs to support research ideas to bolster grant funding. It’s an exciting time for water science at MSU- we invite all faculty to engage in the Network and help us move forward.


Global Water Initiative Hires:

Bruno Basso, Geological Sciences and Kellogg Biological Station

Eric Benbow, Entomology

Jennifer Carrera, Sociology

Yann Dufour, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Sarah Evans, Zoology, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Kellogg Biological Station

Cloe Garnache, Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics

Joseph Hamm, Criminal Justice

Joseph Herriges, Economics

Jade Mitchell, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Amber Pearson, Geography

Lucero Radonic, Anthropology

Matthew Schrenk, Geological Sciences

Ashley Shade, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Jay Zarnetske, Geological Sciences

Wei Zhang, Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences

Adam Zwickle, Criminal Justice


The Water Science Network is supported by funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and is administered by the Environmental Science and Policy Program under the guidance of a water faculty advisory committee. Development of this website was supported by an MSU Global Innovation Fellowship to Dr. Joan Rose.