Julie Padowski

Julie Padowski is the Co-Director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) and a Research Associate Professor with the School of the Environment. Padowski earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University with the Woods Institute for the Environment.

As a research professor, her work encompasses a variety of issues related to water resources management including water demand planning and forecasting, wildfire impacts on drinking water system resiliency, urban adaptations to water scarcity, and the food-energy-water nexus. Her research integrates methods derived from hydrology, policy analysis, systems dynamics modeling, and geospatial assessment.

As Co-Director, Padowski works with Dr. Boll to support a variety of interdisciplinary, environmental-related research and education opportunities to WSU faculty, staff, and students. Part of these efforts are related to student education and training, including a NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program focused on Food-Energy-Water issues in the Columbia River Basin, an International Research Experience for Graduate Students (Pathways) program for students interested in climate change impacts in headwater systems, and a transdisciplinary WSU Rivers, Watersheds and Communities graduate training program that explores water quality issues through a community-engaged research approach.

Julie Padowski, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach
Research Associate Professor, School of the Environment
(509) 335-8539


Graduate Students

Hailey Smith, Ph.D. student (2022-present)
Kinsey Freeman, Ph.D. student (2023-present)
Jacob Bernal, M.S. student (2023-present)
Abdisa Kebebew, M.S. student (2023-present)
Rojina Deshar, M.S. student (2019-2021)


2011      Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

2005      M.S., Soil and Water Science, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

       Minor: Environmental Engineering, Concentration in Hydrologic Sciences

2003      B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)


Selected Publications

Meyer, M.F., Kraemer, B.M., Barbosa, C.C., Cunha, D., Dodds, W.K., Hampton, S.E., Ordóñez, C., Pilla, R.M., Pollard, A.I., Culpepper, J.A., Fremier, A.K., King, T.V., Ladwig, R., Leech, D.M., Matsuzaki, S.S., Oleksy, I.A., Topp, S., Woolway, R.I., Brighenti, L.S., Fickas, K.C., Lanouette, B.P., Padowski, J.C., Ren, J., Yang, X. 2024. Clarifying the trophic state concept to advance limnology, management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. https://doi.org/10.31223/X5VH57
Whittemore, A., Hall, S., Adam, J., Padowski, J.C., Rajagopalan, K. 2023. Developing robust, long range water supply and demand forecasts to aid in water management in the Columbia River Basin. Amer. Water Resour Assn. 00 (0): 1–29. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.13192
Robichaud, P*. and Padowski, J.C. 2023. Drinking Water Under Fire: Water Utilities’ Vulnerability to Wildfire in the Pacific Northwest, USA. J. Amer. Water Resour Assn, 60:6. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.13174
Jones, K. Padowski, J.C., Morgan, M., Srinivasan, J., 2023. Water utility engagement/participation in wildfire mitigation activities in watersheds in the western United States. Ecosystem Services, 8, 56-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.02.001
Jayakaran, A., Moffett, K., Padowski, J.C., Gaolach, B., Godwin, D., 2020. The Growth of Green Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest- A Survey of Practitioner Insights and Emerging Issues.  Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 50, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126654
Katz, S., Padowski, J.C., Goldsby, M., Brady, M., and Hampton, S.E. 2020. Defining the Nature of the Nexus: Specialization, Shortages, Connectedness, and Scale in Food-Energy-Water Management. Earth’s Future. Water. 12(4), p 972. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12040972
Brady, M., Padowski, J.C., Yoder, J., Jessup, E., and Yang, Q.   Reallocating water through small-scale distributed storage in the Skagit River Basin, WA.  J. Am. Water Resour. Assoc. 55(6), 1464-1478. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12795
Givens, J., Padowski, J.C., Guzman, C.D., Malek, K., Witinok-Huber, R., Cosens, B., Briscoe, M., Boll, J., and Adam, J. 2018. Incorporating Social System Dynamics into the Food-Energy-Water System Resilience-Sustainability Modeling Process: The Columbia River Basin. Frontiers in Environmental Science 6 Article 104. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2018.00104
Padowski, C., Carrera, L. and Jawitz, J.W., 2016. Overcoming urban water insecurity with infrastructure and institutions. Water Res. Manage. 30(13), 4913-4926 doi:10.1007/s11269-016-1461-0
McDonald, I., Weber, K., Padowski, J., Boucher, T., and Shemie, D., 2016. Quantifying watershed degradation and its impact on water treatment costs for the world’s largest cities. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605354113
Padowski, C., Gorelick, S.M., Thompson, B., Rozelle, S. and Fendorf, S., 2015. Assessment of human- natural system characteristics influencing global freshwater supply vulnerability. Environ. Res. Lett. 10 104014 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/10/104014
Padowski, C. and Gorelick, S.M., 2014. Global analysis of urban surface water supply availability. Environ. Res. Lett. 9 104004 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/10/104004.
McDonald, I., Weber, K., Padowski, J., Flörke, M., Schneider, C., Green, P.A., Gleeson, T., Eckman, S., Lehner, B., Balk, D., Boucher, T., Grill, G., and Montgomery, M., 2014. Water on an Urban Planet: Urbanization and the Reach of Urban Water Infrastructure. Global Environmental Change 27: 96–105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.022
Padowski, C. and Jawitz, J.W. 2012. Water availability and vulnerability of 225 large cities in the United States. Water Resources Research. 48, W12529, doi:10.1029/2012WR012335.
Padowski, C. and Jawitz, J.W. 2009. The Future of Global Water Scarcity: Policy and Management Challenges and Opportunities. The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations. 10(2): 99-114 [Invited]. http://blogs.shu.edu/diplomacy/files/archives/08%20Jawitz_Layout%201.pdf