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CAS Connect November-December 2013

Stephanie Hampton to lead CEREO

Aquatic ecologist Stephanie Hampton will bring broad experience as a freshwater scientist and a demonstrated ability to work with researchers across many disciplines to her new post as director of the WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO).

Stephanie Hampton
Stephanie Hampton

Now deputy director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Hampton will join the faculty of the School of the Environment and take on her new duties at CEREO in January.

Hampton’s research interests have ranged from basic aquatic science using statistical analysis of large data sets to broader applications of empirical evidence in environmental issues and policy.

She was chosen for the post based partly on her strong communication, administrative and interpersonal skills, proven record in team building and proposal management, and commitment to interdisciplinary science.

“Dr. Hampton is particularly well-suited to leading the sort of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches that continue to mark CEREO’s pursuit of environmental initiatives,” said Nancy Magnuson, WSU interim vice president for research.

CEREO is a robust network of more than 200 researchers, instructors, outreach specialists, industry leaders, and graduate students, many from within the College of Arts and Sciences. The organization serves to catalyze and facilitate system-wide, interdisciplinary activities to transform environmental research, education, and outreach at WSU, across the Pacific Northwest, and worldwide.

The center places particular emphasis upon the integrative study of natural and managed ecosystems and the social and human dimensions of environmental change.

With a focus on integrated environmental themes, CEREO has spearheaded interdisciplinary initiatives that provide important data and solutions to complex challenges. As director, Hampton will support the organization’s far-reaching efforts to advance understanding of the biophysical and social processes underlying environmental change and resilience.

Read Hampton’s perspective piece in the journal Science