Hydrologic Science and Indigenous Voices - Water and Tribal Communities

June 8, 2022 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Venue/Location: Virtual


Grace Bulltail
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In this series, indigenous leaders in water knowledge and hydrologic science explore how hydrological sciences are defined and who is included in that definition. Throughout the series, we explore how Native American people relate to water, what water issues are important for us to reflect on, how we can increase inclusivity in the hydrologic sciences community, and what challenges and opportunities we face as scientists and community members when finding resilient solutions to climate change.

Dr. Grace Bulltail is of the Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Grace is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering and the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grace received a bachelor of science in civil & environmental engineering from Stanford University. She completed master’s degree programs at Montana Tech and Columbia University, and a doctoral program in the department of Biological & Environmental Engineering in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at Cornell University. Her research focuses on water quality impacts from natural resource development in tribal communities. Grace has worked as an engineer developing water resources infrastructure projects prior to starting her doctoral program. She also served as an engineering instructor at United Tribes Technical College and continues to work as a consulting engineer. She is a recipient of the GEM Foundation Fellowship, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Fellowship, NSF IGERT Fellowship, and Cornell Colman Fellowship in completing her graduate studies. Grace has also participated in American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) programming for over 20 years and is an AISES Sequoyah member.