Research Area Specialist
Dietrich joined the UM Water Center in December 2015 to multiply the impact of Water Center research by making it useable and accessible to practitioners and the general public. He coordinates with Water Center staff, principal investigators, stakeholders, and others to make National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), Great Lakes, and other research projects useable for policy-makers, managers, and other key stakeholders.
Dietrich earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in International Development Studies from Calvin College (2006) and his M.S. in environmental policy and conservation biology and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of Michigan (2010). He has been active in watershed management, forest conservation and use, and climate change adaptation in the United States and South Asia. During his graduate training, he performed research and contributed to project teams working on climate change adaptation for natural resource-dependent communities with the Intergovernmental Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also has engaged in watershed policy and planning and community organizing with the Huron River Watershed Council and the City of Ann Arbor. Most recently, Dietrich led communications, development, and recruitment efforts for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, which provides field-based learning opportunities in ecology, conservation, and restoration for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students.