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CEREO Padowski Profile

Julie Padowski- Assistant Director

Julie Padowski has been working with CEREO since 2014 helping build out the Center’s interdisciplinary environmental research, education and outreach activities at Washington State University.   Her research interests center on interdisciplinary water resource issues, particularly with respect to balancing urban water management with environmental sustainability. Currently working as research faculty for both CEREO and the Washington State Water Research Center, Padowski’s research has been aimed at identifying and quantifying drinking water vulnerability from the local to the global scale.  Her work spans topics from wildfire impacts on water utility operations, to global assessments of urban water needs and risks.

As Assistant Director, Padowski works with Dr. Boll to identify cutting-edge research opportunities for CEREO affiliates and build strong, collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams.  In addition, Padowski also organizes the Fall CEREO Seminar Series, and taught an Honor’s undergraduate class designed to introduce students to a spectrum of environmentally-focused research while developing critical skills for reading academic literature and writing scientific proposals.

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 doctoral student, she was a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow in a program focused on the adaptive management of water, wetlands and watersheds.

Julie Padowski, PhD
Assistant Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach
Research Associate Professor, State of Washington Water Research Center
(509) 335-8539



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

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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].