Jonathan Mellor – University of Connecticut
Jonathan Mellor is an Assistant Professor of International Water Resources at the University of Connecticut. Prior to his tenure at UConn, he was a postdoctoral research associate in Yale University’s Climate and Energy Institute. He has nearly a decade of experience in the developing world water and health sector as both a practitioner and scientist. His experience includes serving for two years as a water resources engineer in the US Peace Corps in Uganda where he studied rural access to water resources and the health benefits of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions. He later conducted his PhD research at the University of Virginia where he used a transdisciplinary systems engineering approach to investigate the behavioral aspects and risk factors related to water-borne diarrheal disease transmission in Limpopo, South Africa. At UConn, he continues to develop complex systems approaches to establish relationships between climate change, water quality and diarrhea rates in resource-limited settings to better understand their adaptive capacity and resiliency. He is currently conducting research in India and Ethiopia. This research can both inform policymakers about the impacts of climate change as well as help vulnerable communities adapt to a changing climate.
Professor Mellor holds a BS in Physics from the College of William and Mary, an MS in Physics from the University of Virginia, an MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. In addition to his scientific work, he is a passionate advocate of the need for scientists to communicate their research to broader audiences.
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