Jennifer Tank named Hoosier Resilience Hero

Author: Jessica Sieff

Jennifer Tank

Jennifer Tank, Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Environmental Change Initiative, has been named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute.

Tank, who also currently serves as the current president of the Society for Freshwater Science, is being recognized for her research that sits at the intersection of freshwater systems and agriculture in the Midwest.

At Notre Dame, Tank also leads the Indiana Watershed Initiative where her team is exploring how conservation practices like winter cover crops and restored floodplains can buffer the impacts of agricultural land use on adjacent streams and rivers. Their watershed-scale experiments, implemented on working lands, are quantifying the water quality benefits of conservation in a real-world setting, facilitated through engagement with key partners including local farmers and natural resource managers.

Tank is one of 10 individuals named a 2019 Hoosier Resilience Hero for their dedication to preparing the state of Indiana for environmental change.

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