The more we know about our water challenges, the better we can determine solutions to improve them. Join the discussion as Utah experts share targeted findings from statewide research.


 – October 1, 2019


 – 4:00-5:30PM


O.C. Tanner Headquarters (1930 South State Street, SLC) (Map)

Transportation and Parking

O.C. Tanner Headquarters is accessible via UTA Bus routes 200 every 15 minutes and 17 every 30 minutes.
Attendees can park in any available spot in the lots north or south of the building, as well as the lots west of Main Street. If needed, overflow parking will also be made available. We encourage ridesharing and carpooling.

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2019 Presenters

February 26, 2019

Randy Martin


Randy’s research focuses on air pollutants and the build-up of particulate matter.

June 18, 2019

Michelle Baker


Michelle’s research focuses on how water moves within landscapes and how it influences ecosystems.

October 1, 2019

Courtney Flint

Courtney Flint


Courtney’s research focuses on the social dynamics of environmental issues.

About Research Landscapes

Evidence-based insights on Utah’s land, water, and air.

We have to know the problem to solve the problem, and Utah State University Research Landscapes is about delivering new and important knowledge to problem solvers in the state. This event series is a new collaborative effort to provide curated results on how on challenges with Utah’s shared resources impact our economy, policy, and environment.

At each event, we’ll highlight knowledge brokers who are working to fill in our gaps of understanding in Utah’s landscapes, airscapes, and waterscapes. As our experts develop and detail our challenges, attendees can gain greater clarity for creating solutions.

What we offer is not just cutting-edge science from the “ivory tower,” but science informed by connections with management, policy, context, and social perspectives and values. At each event, USU’s featured presenters will discuss how they facilitate interaction and opportunities for knowledge exchange on land, water, and air around the state. Experts of all flavors from across Utah will also contribute and be among our attendees.

As the state’s land-grant institution, Utah State University is uniquely situated in the state to help solve Utah’s landscape challenges. To fulfill our statewide mandate, we support networks of bright and committed researchers to respond to state and industry challenges and to provide tools to help optimize our use of Utah’s valuable, but limited, resources.

Our goal for USU Research Landscapes is to provide critical information resources to those who are working to improve economic opportunity in the state, to maintain a high quality of life for our citizens, and to preserve Utah’s beauty. Together, share a commitment and a responsibility to effectively, responsibly, and innovatively shape Utah’s future.

Who should attend

The event is free and open to the public, and anyone is welcomed. Content will be directed toward business leaders, policy makers, and community stakeholders who are concerned about and tasked with developing solutions for managing Utah’s shared resources.


Because we want Research Landscapes to be valuable to you, through this symposium series, we plan to deliver on three elements at each presentation: context surrounding land, water, and air; connections between different types of research and researchers; and conversations among experts about these issues.

  • Context

    It’s vital to understand an issue, as well as the context surrounding it, both in time and space. What’s been measured before? What’s being done elsewhere? What are we looking to next? At Research Landscapes, we will provide a curated overview of research that is current, relevant, and significant; importantly, we’ll also provide context—important glimpses of what’s critical in the discipline, in Utah, and around the world.

  • Connections

    None of Utah’s challenges exist in a vacuum, and none of USU’s research lives in a vacuum, either. That is particularly true of issues concerning land, water, and air. We want to provide you the starting links to an entire network of experts–inside and outside of USU–in these critical areas. We’ll highlight other researchers you can connect to who are tackling these issues from different perspectives and disciplines, or those who have crossover with other critical issues.

  • Conversations

    Finally, we’ll conclude each Research Landscapes event with a core tool of collaborative problem solving: conversation. We’ll hold a networking reception where you can meet other USU researchers, policy makers and experts to ask them your specific questions about Utah’s shared resources.