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Molly Oshun

Molly studies California watersheds. Her research investigates strategies to improve forest health, protect ecosystem biodiversity, and nurture human relationship to the ecologies that sustain life under climate change. In particular, Molly seeks to understand how value systems shape collaboration across fragmented landscapes, and pathways to bring a sense of belonging and care into resource management in the west. Her graduate work draws on ecohydrology, fire ecology, political ecology, critical cartography, and traditional ecological knowledge to investigate the socioecological systems that govern water resource management in California.

Prior to ERG, Molly facilitated grassroots planning for climate justice in a variety of human-ecological systems. She designed climate adaptation plans in Southside Chicago at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, accelerated carbon farming with Northern California land tenders at Fibershed, and developed fire smart water resource plans at Sonoma County Water Agency. Molly earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 2011. Outside of school, Molly practices folk herbalism and volunteers on prescribed burns in her home watershed, the Russian River.