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Affiliation: 
University of Connecticut
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Expertise: 
understanding barriers/drivers of climate information use, adaptation, sustainability; effectiveness and innovations in science-policy interactions, boundary organizations, and collaborative research; water management, policy and governance

Biography

Dr. Kirchhoff earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2010 in Resource Policy and Behavior and is currently a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. Prior to her current position, Dr. Kirchhoff held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Colorado's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Kirchhoff's research on water, climate and society encompasses the following areas: (1) understanding and improving the ways in which we collaborative produce and translate usable information, particularly climate information, and the drivers and barriers to applying science, particularly of climate science, to inform decision making; (2) understanding water policy, management and governance under uncertainty and change and determining the factors that enhance sustainability, adaptive capacity and resilience in the governance and management of water resources. From this work, she has published on boundary organizations and climate brokers, climate information use, the production of actionable knowledge, and water management. She currently teaches courses on water management and policy, statistics, and environmental sustainability.