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Water in Idaho: Food, Farming, Forests, Fish and the Future

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ISU Geosciences professor, Dr. Sarah Godsey and current PhD student, Sarah Newcomb, talk about innovative research that impacts food, farming, forests, fish and the future of Idaho’s economy. From the headwaters of the Snake River to the agriculture fields of southern Idaho, water is the key to Idaho’s sustainable future.

Dr. Sarah Godsey and Sarah Newcomb discuss water-related research and related partnerships at Idaho State University. Ms. Newcomb talks about ISU’s connection with the Henry’s Fork Foundation and how this partnership serves an important role in ISU graduate student education and research opportunities. Dr. Godsey helps listeners understand how the support of geoscience alumni provide unique research and educational opportunities for ISU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Without alumni support and involvement, student opportunities would be limited. To learn more about how to support student success, contact the ISU Foundation. Dr. Godsey also describes how ISU is involved in local water conservation and water quality programs through the Portneuf Watershed Partnership.


Dr. Sarah Godsey earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from University of California – Berkeley in 2009, followed by a postdoctoral research position in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Penn State. She joined Idaho State’s Geosciences department as faculty in 2012.

Sarah Newcomb is a PhD candidate in the Geosciences department. Sarah's research at ISU focuses on improving our understanding of how interactions between climate and plants affect how water moves from mountains to rivers across eastern Idaho. To answer this question, she has spent hundreds (thousands?) of hours hiking around and collecting data in the nearby Gibson Jack watershed and collaborating with regional scientists.

Martin Blair joined Idaho State University in 2022 as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Dr. Blair began his career as a special education teacher. Then, spent two decades at the Utah State University Center for Excellence in Disabilities in a variety of research and training leadership roles. In 2013, he moved to Missoula, Montana where he spent nine years directing the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. In these various roles, Dr. Blair has worked extensively across the U.S. to improve the quality of services, supports and policies for individuals with disabilities of all ages, and their families. <a href=""></a><br/>