The following individuals are former graduate students who worked on research projects supported by the Water for Food Institute.
Laura González Gómez is a doctoral student at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, Spain. With funding from her university, Laura worked with the Water for Food Institute’s Director of Research Christopher Neale as a visiting scholar through July 2015.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy and is now conducting research on the assimilation of remote sensing data into crop growth and production models in southeast Spain. The final objective of her project is to gain an estimation of actual yield for grain crops and to learn more about water and fertilization efficiency in irrigated and rainfed crops. Ultimately, Laura hopes to improve her knowledge in remote sensing and production models.
Patricia Song is a graduate student from Los Angeles, Calif. She is studying water resources management at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. During the summer of 2015, she worked with Director of Policy Nick Brozovic on various projects. Her interests include current and potential issues involved with water and sustaining global food production. Through her work, she hopes to gain a better understanding of how water affects the political, economic and social aspects of growing food.
Patricia and another student traveled Nebraska and the surrounding states in 2015 to interview water trust practitioners, water rights holders and governmental officials involved in water management and water markets for instream flows. The goal of the project to learn more about how water trusts operate through wet and dry cycles, and about how and when temporary lease transactions take place for instream flows.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental systems (ecology, behavior and evolution) from the University of California, San Diego.
The following individuals are former undergraduate students who worked on various projects supported by the Water for Food Institute.
Sandra Dizdarevic was an undergraduate student working on a bachelor’s degree in management information systems in the College of Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She came to Omaha from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but is originally from Bosnia and spent several years in Serbia prior to moving to the U.S. She is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and English.
During the spring and summer of 2015, Sandra helped build a dynamic and highly functional website for a oral history project about Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRD). The website allows users to search and filter through more than 80 audio interviews and transcripts. She was honored to work on the project, particularly because she helped make the NRD’s rich history accessible to a broad audience.
Alex Bruening, a native of Omaha, Neb., is working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in energy sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He expects to graduate in December 2016 and plans to continue on to law school. At DWFI, Alex created a statistical database on global irrigation and agriculture. Specifically, this database contains information on quantity of irrigated land, crops produced, crop yields, irrigation type, water usage and more around the world.
Alex’ experience at DWFI helped him gain a better understanding of current and future agricultural production and sustainability around the world, and also his goal to have a career involved in sustainability issues.
Sierra Ramsay is a senior at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she is working on a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on photojournalism and concentrations in Spanish and English. She will graduate in August 2015.
This summer, Sierra is working with another intern to create multimedia videos for the Water for Food Institute. They will produce a video project together, as well as individual videos. Sierra’s individual video will focus on the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the human interest side of water management. Both videos will illustrate different water issues in Nebraska and the innovative steps the state has taken to handle these challenges. The videos will be featured on a digital poster at the 2015 World Water Week conference held in Stockholm, Sweden in August.
Andrew Barry is attending the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he is working on a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis on photojournalism and concentrations in environmental science, international relations and sociology.
As one of two summer 2015 multimedia interns at the Water for Food Institute, he worked with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and various Natural Resources Districts and created short videos documenting different water issues and innovations in Nebraska. These videos were featured on a digital poster at the 2015 World Water Week conference held in Stockholm, Sweden in August 2015.
Cindy Reyes was raised in Lincoln, Neb. but is originally from Gerber, California. She is an undergraduate student working on a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Cindy designed a website promoting the history of Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRD) in 2015.