Meet Our Postdocs

Collaborating and sharing ideas are essential to what we do and hope to achieve at the personal, regional, national and international levels. We invite you to meet our post doctorates!

Mehdi Mirzaee
Majed Atwi Saab
Lucia De Stefano
Susanne Schmeier
Wang Zhijian
Kerstin Stahl

Mehdi Mirzaee (2010),
Water Resources Engineering Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch and Courtesy Faculty Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University.
Learn about Mehdi’s research and read his blog.
Run Mehdi’s simulation model on Urmia Lake
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Majed Atwi Saab (2009-10)
Department of Economic Analysis, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Read his article
See his PowerPoint Presentation
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Lucia De Stefano (2008-10)
In October 2010 I joined the Water Observatory as a postdoctoral research fellow. I combine this activity with a teaching position in hydrogeology at the Geodynamics Department of Complutense University of Madrid…I began my professional career working on land and water management in the private sector, mainly in the framework of EU-funded research projects.
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Susanne Schmeier (2009)
Why I chose OSU: “OSU is obviously the most well-known place when it comes to research on transboundary waters and working at OSU on the TFDD was a great opportunity to learn more, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective. Moreover, collaborating with the different researchers at OSU while being in Oregon and beyond was a great contribution to my own research.

What I do now: “I now work at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) – German International Cooperation (GIZ) Cooperation Programme in Vientiane, Lao PDR. As a technical advisor to the MRC, my work focuses on sustainable hydropower development and the role of RBOs in ensuring the sustainable development of shared basins, as well as on the organizational transition of the MRC. In addition, I continue to be interested in research on transboundary water resources management and contribute to scientific projects, amongst others through the Earth System Governance Project.
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Wang Zhijian (2009)

I went to OSU to find the reason why “water war” theory is a paradox. Although some scholars point out that there have been no wars over water since an event maybe 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, and water war is the exception to the rule, water conflicts is often at the forefront of our minds. This is especially so, in terms of Middle East, because present works mainly focus on the view that international rivers lead to regional conflict. However, after reading a large number of the original documents in The Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, I realized that all reported violence between states over water have a unique historical background, with some states often going to war over something far less important than water. Throughout history states try to find innovative solutions to solve water tensions, even in the Tigris and Euphrates basins, Nile River basin, and Jordan River basin. Understanding how these states cooperate over international rivers is the best way to counteract “water war” theory.

To listen, to observe and to negotiate were all the skills I wanted to improve. While at OSU, I participated in as many academic activities as I could, to understand the heart of cooperation; I was warmly supported by Geosciences Department.

I am now an assistant professor giving lectures on the law of international rivers to graduate students and doing post doctorate research on water conservancy project in Hohai university in Nanjing China.My monograph International Rivers and Regional Security will be published in September 2011 and now working on the Program in Water Disputes Coordination (PWDC) which had absorbed many nutrients from PWCMT.
Zhijian Wang (Hohai University, School of Law, Nanjing, 210098, Jiangsu, P. R. China)
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Kerstin Stahl (2002-2005)
Her interests interest include hydroclimatic variability and change, impacts of climate change on hydrology, low flows and drought, mountain hydrology, transboundary rivers.
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