Secondary Core Area
MA, University of Colorado at Boulder
BA, Cornell University
Adrianne is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies, where she studies energy, water, and land use politics and culture in the American West. Her dissertation research follows a transect of these natural resources through Greeley, Colorado – a community that sits at the intersection of the South Platte River, the Cache la Poudre River, and the Denver-Julesburg Basin’s most productive oil and gas field, and which has served as the proving ground for several of Colorado’s major water, energy, and land use laws. She traces her interest in the so-called “energy-water nexus” back to her days as a journalist in Washington, D.C., where she covered science and technology policy for Congressional Quarterly and other news outlets. In 2009, Adrianne received a Chancellor’s Fellowship to C.U. and hung up her press credentials to study hydrology, graduating with an M.A. from the Geography department in 2011. Her Master’s work focused on natural gas development's potential impacts to groundwater systems in Colorado’s southern coalbed methane basins, using isotopic hydrogeology as an investigative tool and environmental conflict resolution as an analytical framework. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, she studied science communication, public understanding of science, and the mass media.