Aaron Wolf, chair and professor of geosciences at Oregon State University, will discuss managing and transforming environmental conflicts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 115 Shideler Hall. His talk is the 10th annual Baldwin Frontiers in Geology Lecture sponsored by the department of geology and environmental earth science.
Wolf's research focuses on issues relating transboundary water resources to political conflict and cooperation. A trained mediator/facilitator, he directs the program in water conflict management and transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations and mediation in basins throughout the world.
Wolf has acted as consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution. He has been involved in developing the strategies for resolving water aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He is author of several books including Hydropolitics Along the Jordan River: The Impact of Scarce Water Resources on the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1995); co-author of Core and Periphery: A Comprehensive Approach to Middle Eastern Water (1997) and Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Resolution: Theory, Practice and Annotated References (2000); and editor of Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Water Systems (2002).
The lecture, “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Managing and Transforming Environmental Conflicts” is free and open to the public.