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Executive Committee

The administrative structure of the Water Diplomacy | IGERT program is designed to facilitate implementation of the program elements, develop Ph.D. requirements, encourage mutually productive departmental and interdisciplinary affiliations, and establish a fair allocation of resources. The program is managed by the IGERT Program Committee (IPC), composed of five principal investigators. The committee is responsible for all decisions affecting the structure or implementation of the program, including accepting students into the IGERT program, approval of common doctoral candidacy qualifying procedures, approval of a student's individual study plan and Ph.D. Committee, and selection of interdisciplinary topics for collaborative research. Dr. Islam serves as the Program Director.

Shafiqul ("Shafik") Islam is the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering and Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the Director of the Water Diplomacy Initiative. Dr. Islam's interdisciplinary research interests are to understand, characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing.

He maintains a diverse network of national and international partnerships including MIT, Columbia University, Purdue University, Penn State University, Princeton, BUET and ICDDRB in Bangladesh, University of Tokyo, ETH in Switzerland, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, IIT in India, and SaciWATERs to conduct multi-year and multi-million dollar interdisciplinary collaborative research for a wide range of problems focusing on scarcity and abundance of water. His major research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Islam maintains an active national and international consulting and training practice ranging from flood forecasting to national water policy and planning in several countries. He acted as consultant to the World Bank, United States Geological Survey, Proctor and Gamble, and several other governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Learn more information about his interests and expertise.
Timothy Griffin, Associate Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, received his Ph.D. in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. Dr. Griffin is also a faculty steering committee member for the Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program at Tufts. His primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Additional current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems, and development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales.

Dr. Griffin's past research responsibilities have included field and lab components addressing: crop management, alternative crop development, short- and long-term effects of cropping systems on potato yield and quality, management strategies to improve soil quality, manure nitrogen and phosphorus availability, soil carbon sequestration and cycling, emission of greenhouse gases from high-value production systems, and grain production for organic dairy systems.
Daniele Lantagne earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and 2001. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011. Between her degrees she worked as a Public Health Engineer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003-2010) and the Programs Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association (1997-2000). She comes to Tufts from a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability Science at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Since 2000, she has provided technical assistance to, and evaluation of, water treatment programs in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America.
Dr. William R. Moomaw holds a Ph.D. from MIT in physical chemistry. He is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and directs the International Environmental and Resource Program there. He was the Senior Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) until 2012, an interdisciplinary research institute at Tufts University. He is the Principal Lead author for "Industry" and "Industry, Energy, and Transportation: Impacts and Adaptation," Climate Change 1995, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. His research interests include: global climate change; stratospheric ozone depletion; air pollution; the role of science and technology in national and international policy; and forest and energy policy. He is working with diplomats and negotiators to improve the likely outcome for international treaties on climate change, biodiversity and other global issues.
Michael Reed is interested in a wide variety of conservation related research problems. Most of his research focuses on identifying characteristics of species that put them at risk to human-caused threats, understanding why (or how) these characteristics put a species at risk, and to determining how best to reduce the risk.

Michael has been working, in particular, on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on extinction risk and population viability, and on the importance of animal behavior in extinction risk and conservation. Although he is primarily a "bird" person, some of his recent students worked (or work) on amphibians, moss, and butterflies. Prof. Reed has worked in forests and wetlands, evaluating habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the impacts of grazing, logging, and suburban sprawl on biodiversity.