Western Water Assessment
As Program Manager and Research Scientist, Ursula is responsible for WWA's overall program administration and management, coordinating the research agenda and other outreach activities. She also conducts interdisciplinary, stakeholder-driven research for WWA on climate vulnerability and the adaptive capacity of municipalities, states and the West.
Prior to joining WWA, Ursula managed regulatory policy for the oil and natural gas industry at Western Energy Alliance. Prior to that she was an AGI/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in the office of former Senator Mark Udall, serving as an energy and natural resource policy aide on Capitol Hill. Ursula previously worked at CIRES as a post doctoral researcher at both the Earth Science and Observation Center, where she researched the seasonal timing of melt on the Greenland Ice Sheet, and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, where she focused on how the media presented the science and uncertainty of sea level rise. In 2008, Ursula completed her PhD on the hydrology of meltwater in large ice sheets at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado. She also has a MS in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and a BS in Material Science & Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.