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  • Erin Dascher, PhD
    Erin Dascher, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    113 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509-359-2460
    • PhD, Environmental Geography, Texas State University - 2017
    • MS, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies, Texas State Univeresity - 2013
    • BS, Applied Forensice Science, Mercyhurst University - 2009

    In my research, I use geospatial tools and large datasets to analyze functionally connected river networks, watershed connectivity, and freshwater mussel distribution. I draw upon my past experience working as a grass-roots organizer for Greenpeace and my knowledge of environmental management to pursue scientific endeavors that not only lead to better environmental policy and practices but that also create tools for improved dissemination of scientific findings and ideas. In previous research, I investigated the potential of dam removals as a conservation tool for freshwater mussels in the Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins, where multiple species of freshwater mussels, including endemic and threatened species, must compete with increasing human demand for access to limited water resources. My current research interests include river connectivity, freshwater mussel conservation, and dam removal, as well as broader human - environment interactions.

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