Keynote Speakers

2017 Keynote Speakers


Ty Ferré, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
2016 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer

A Retrospective – Lessons Learned and Data, Models and Decision Making … Or, how to gain 20 pounds and not regret an ounce of it!”

Bio: Ty Ferre received his bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of Waterloo.

Research Areas of Interest: Primary focus on improving the selection of measurements to support hydrologic decision-making which involves the development of methods that use decision science to formulate hydrologic models and then use those hydrologic models to select and interpret measurements. research and teaching interests bridge measurement and analysis in hydrology. He and his students address the following general questions: How can we identify the most important measurements to collect? How can we extract the most information from our measurements? What do instruments really measure? Dr. Ferré is particularly interested in these questions as they relate to water flow in the vadose zone.

Specifics: Particularly interested in coupling relatively simple physical models, instrument response models, and advanced inverse methods to support decision making. Much work focuses on the incorporation of geophysical data into hydrologic analysis within this framework.



Aaron Wolf, Professor, Geography, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

Conflict and Cooperation over Shared Waters”

BIO:  Aaron Wolf has an M.S. in water resources management (1988, emphasizing hydrogeology) and a Ph.D. in environmental policy analysis (1992, emphasizing dispute resolution) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation, where his training combining environmental science with dispute resolution theory and practice have been particularly appropriate.

Dr. Wolf has acted as consultant to the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank, and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including co-authoring a State Department reference text, and participating in both official and “track II” meetings between co-riparians. He is author of Hydropolitics Along the Jordan River: The Impact of Scarce Water Resources on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (United Nations University Press, 1995); co-author of Core and Periphery: A Comprehensive Approach to Middle Eastern Water (Oxford University Press, 1997), Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Resolution: Theory, Practice and Annotated References (United Nations University Press, 2000), and Managing and Transforming Water Conflicts (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and editor of Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Water Systems (Elgar, 2002). All told, he is (co-) author or (co-) editor of seven books, and close to fifty journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports on various aspects of transboundary waters.

Dr. Wolf, a trained mediator/facilitator, directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation in basins throughout the world. He developed and coordinates the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, which includes a computer compilation of 400 water-related treaties, negotiating notes and background material on fourteen case-studies of conflict resolution, news files on cases of acute water-related conflict, and assessments of indigenous/traditional methods of water conflict resolution ( He was also a member of UNESCO’s task force for the development of the Sixth Phase of the International Hydrology Program (2002-2007), the UNESCO/ADC Third Millennium Program on International Waters, and IWRA’s Committee for International Collaboration, and is a co-director of the Universities Partnership on Transboundary Waters.