Drowning in Waste: Confronting the Ecological, Economic, and Technological Realities of Aging and Obsolete Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: Krista Capps, Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia

Faculty host: Van Savage, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Biomathematics, UCLA

The critical global problem of aging and obsolete infrastructure threatens economic stability, human welfare, and the environment. Countries around the world face the challenge of allocating scarce resources to maintain and upgrade wastewater resource infrastructure, a burden frequently relegated to local governments. Water-infrastructure and policy decisions at the local level may have large ecological and socioeconomic impacts downstream, but we have a limited understanding of how waste streams vary and how they may differentially affect econsystem structure and function through space and time. Using examples from the US and abroad, Krista Capps will discuss how to fill this important information gap and highlight the type of interdisciplinary research needed to advance understanding of links among freshwater ecology, water infrastructure, and human health and well-being.

Capps received her BS in biology and political science from Hope College, her MS in environmental science from Indiana University, and her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.

RSVP is requested.


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Light refreshments will be served.