Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada

Environment & Society

Professor and Program Director

Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Location: BNR 270A
Phone: (435) 797-2487
Email: joanna.endter-wada@usu.edu
Additional Information:


Dr. Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science. She has Extension, research and teaching responsibilities as part of her faculty role. Her USU Extension activities include working with the Center for Water Efficient Landscaping, leading the WaterMAPS™ applied research team, and helping to implement Growing Water Smart workshops in Utah. Her research focuses on water policy, urban landscape water use and conservation, human dimensions of drought and climate change, the integration of land and water planning, and the Great Salt Lake and its wetlands. Her teaching role includes being a co-director of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program and teaching water policy classes. During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in many interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects. She has served at state and federal levels in policy-related appointments, including on the Water Advisory Team appointed by Governor Herbert that produced Utah’s 2017 Recommended State Water Strategy and currently on the Great Salt Lake Strike Team. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the School of Social Sciences at the University of California at Irvine.

Recent Highlights

Future of Great Salt Lake Survey – a USU Research Report

Strategies to Secure Water for Great Salt Lake

Utah Growing Water Smart – Integrating Water and Land Use Planning

2024 Utah Growing Water Smart Guidebook


ENVS 6320/7320 - Water Law and Policy in the United States
NEPA Graduate Certificate Program (curriculum manager)

Graduate Students

Chris McGinty - Ph.D. Ecology
Anna McEntire- Ph.D. Environment and Society

Program Director

National Environmental Policy Act Graduate Certificate Program

Other Departmental and Program Affiliations

Center for Water Efficient Landscaping (CWEL)
Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air
Ecology Center

Additional Information

Selected Publications
Google Scholar Citations