Meghan Foard

PhD Student
University of Idaho

What led you to Earth and Space science?

I have been interested in hydro-ecology since I completed my master’s degree in bottomland hardwood forests of the Midsouth, U.S.

How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

I am not. I would like to join so that I can present my research at the AGU 2017 conference

What are you working on now?

How is science communicated within and outside of academia, and how can information dissemination be improved? My dissertation research consists of four chapters focused on communicating interdisciplinary and disciplinary science (1) Climate Change Research in the Mountainous headwaters of the Columbia River Basin (CRB); (2) Spatial and temporal relationships of stream-flow, climate, and species-specific tree growth in the Columbia River Basin – The potential for historical stream gage reconstruction and the future of coniferous trees.; (3) Species-specific drivers of tree growth in the mixed conifer forests of The Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF)– An investigation of natural and silviculteral treatments; (4) Efficacy of Environmental Outreach in K-12 and Communities. These chapters demonstrate numerous methods of science communication from strict disciplinary work designed for dendrochronologists (chapter 2) to interdisciplinary work designed for climate scientist and land managers (chapters 1 and 3), to educational outreach intended to improve community knowledge of environmental issues (chapter 4).