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Susan Bolton

Discipline: Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Susan Bolton, Ph.D., P.E.  has graduate degrees in ecology and civil engineering and is a registered professional engineer. She is a Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She has adjunct appointments in the Departments of Global Health and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Much of her research has dealt with land-use effects on surface water quality and quantity as well as the effects on riparian and aquatic ecosystems.  The book “Restoration of Puget Sound Rivers” won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Washington’s Water Resources’ award from the Washington Chapter of the American Water Resources Association. She has also worked for many years on international sustainable development in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia with projects on drinking water, irrigation, composting toilets, improved cookstoves and the role of gardens and green-space on human wellbeing. The team she works with in Peru on gardens projects has won multiple design awards for their work in slum improvements.    She has been a faculty advisor and national board member of Engineers without Borders. She was asked to write the section on ‘Principles of Ecological Engineering’ for the Encyclopedia of Ecology. Recently she completed a literature review of interactions between HIV/AIDS and the Environment for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Kenya.  She has published in fora ranging from engineering to fisheries to hydrology to sociology to landscape architecture to public health.