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Interdisciplinary water resources seminar

November 1, 2012

In the next Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar, Mark Fiege, associate professor of history, will give a talk titled, "Context is everything: What can scientists and engineers learn from historians?'

Mark Fiege, Ph.D., is the author of 'Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West' and 'The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States.'Monday, November 5
4 p.m.
Natural Resources Building, Room 109

History of water use as context

Mark Fiege, Ph.D., will speak at the next Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar about what scientists and engineers can learn from historians about western water use.

A native of Washington, Mark Fiege is a graduate of Western Washington University, Washington State University, and the University of Utah, from which he received his doctorate in 1994.

He has taught history at CSU since 1994, is affiliated with CSU's Public Lands History Center, and is a faculty adviser to the Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Water Resources Archives in CSU's Morgan Library.

Graduate student speakers

  • Hannah Braun, M.A., History, 2012, CSU
  • Hayley Brazier, M.A. student, History
  • Christy Dickinson, M.A. student, History
  • Blake Stewart, M.A. student, History

Summary of talk

The Public Land History Center’s work on the history of western water use provides expert historical knowledge that is essential to the understanding and management of water, which contributes to CSU’s overall water expertise from many disciplines.

On this subject, historians have a unique ability to synthesize various scientific, technical, social science, and humanistic perspectives in analyzing and explaining the “big picture” of water use over time.

In the private sector, the PLHC’s work with ditch companies and engagement with the subject of water rights transfers from the agricultural to urban and industrial sectors provides an opportunity to influence water management and policy in Colorado.

Researchers at CSU are beginning to form interdisciplinary collaborations in which historians can play an essential role that can improve research funding applications and public reception and understanding of findings.


If you have any questions please contact Reagan Waskom at The GRAD592 lecture schedule can be viewed on the CWI website.

Sponsored by CSU Water Center & School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Contact: Nancy Grice
Phone: 970-491-6308