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About Juliet Christian-Smith
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith is a Senior Research Associate with the Pacific Institute's Water Program. She is a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and serves on the Executive Board of the Agricultural Water Management Council. Dr. Christian-Smith has been an adjunct faculty member at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Sonoma State University.
Prior to coming to the Pacific Institute, Dr. Christian-Smith was in Portugal on a Fulbright Fellowship studying the implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive and examining agricultural water management issues. During graduate school, she worked on several water policy projects in California through the University of California Cooperative Extension, managing the field work and data collection for an empirical study of agricultural water demand in Northern California.
Dr. Christian-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Biology from Smith College.
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