Adrianne Kroepsch

Ph.D. Student

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MA, University of Colorado at Boulder

BA, Cornell University


Adrianne is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies, where she studies the many intersections between Western energy and water resources.  Her dissertation research will focus on the groundwater and surface water conflicts surrounding natural gas development in three ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the West. 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.