LYNETTE L. DE SILVA (Maiden Name LUCAS)
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
104 Wilkinson Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, 97331-5506
Phone: (541) 737-7013; Fax: (541) 737-1200
Areas of Interest
Ms. de Silva’s principal areas of interest include water conflict management, integrated watershed management, water resource and land management practices, earth science education and outreach.
2000 M.S. Environmental Geology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thesis: Is There Strong Evidence Supporting Natural Attenuation of Chlorinated Solvents at the Uniontown Landfill? Graduate Advisor: Dr. Gabriel M. Filippelli, Chair, Indiana University, Department of Earth Sciences, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
1982 B.S. Geology, Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, New York
2011 – Oregon Mediation Association (OMA) Member
2009 – Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Board Delegate for Oregon State University
2009 – Member of the Universities Consortium on Columbia Basin Governance
1999 – 2008 Licensed Professional Geologist, Indiana (No. 2055; Expired).
2011 – 2012 Natural Resources Leadership Academy Steering Committee
2011 – 2012 Natural Resources Leadership Academy Academic Committee
2011 – Graduate Faculty for OSU’s Water Resources Policy and Management Program
2010 – OSU's Master of Natural Resources (MNR) Administrative Committee; OSU's MNR Admissions Committee
Director, Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, OSU, Corvallis, Oregon. As assistant director (2006 – 2011) and now director (2011 – present), Ms. de Silva coordinates the administration and implementation of three focus area programs: the graduate/professional certificate program; the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, an information technology/outreach program; and the University Partnership for Transboundary Waters, a collaborative research program. This involves contributing to issues of topical scientific and societal importance; adding to state, national, and international visibility; consolidating programmatic cores and teaching missions; and recruiting graduate students, evaluating student applications, coordinating student admissions with the graduate faculty, and monitoring student progress.
Director, Natural Resources Leadership Academy, OSU, Corvallis, Oregon, (2011 – 2012), Ms. de Silva led the initiation of a Natural Resources Leadership Academy (NRLA), at OSU. During her directorship, the academy won the 2012 Best Credit Program and the Best Overall Program Awards at the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators Conference, in San Diego. She was also a nominee for the 2012 OSU-Vice Provost's Award for Excellence. The NRLA invites professionals and graduate students from across the state, nation and internationally to participate in summer coursework designed to enhance leadership skills and scientific expertise to meet the global demand for effective natural resources management.
Instructor, OSU, Corvallis, Oregon, (2009 – present), Ms. de Silva teaches the following courses, to university graduates and undergraduates:
Program Coordinator, Increasing Diversity in Earth Sciences Program (2010 –present), Ms. de Silva coordinates students and mentors in a program built around a proven model of tiered mentoring, interactive student cohort, research and education internships, and financial support geared to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who pursue careers in Earth Science research and education. This effort includes juniors at OSU and five Oregon community colleges.
- GEO 335/SOIL 335 – Introduction to Water Science and Policy (2012 – Present; Online; Undergraduate students only)
- GEO 425/525 – Water Resources Management in the Unites States (2010 – Present; Online; Both graduates and undergraduates)
- GEO 425/525 – Water Resources Management in the Unites States (2009; Co-instructor; On campus; Both graduates and undergraduates)
- WRP 521 – Water Governance and Conflict Management (2011 – Present; Graduate students only).
- WRP 510 – Internship in Water Resources (2009 – Present; Graduate students only).
Research Engineer, Energy and Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota (2002 – 2006), Ms. de Silva managed the terrestrial component of the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership. This involved the management of projects that investigated and quantified carbon in soils and various ecosystems in the northern Great Plains. She also focused on finding potential funding opportunities for sequestering carbon in the region that promoted the use of selective land and water management practices. In this capacity, de Silva also worked on flood mitigation in the Red River Basin, the Waffle Project. She conducted public outreach to congressional staff members, county commissioners, water boards, and the general public on the progress of the study to further discussions on water-related issues and transboundary water concerns. She was instrumental in the development of a portal to data sets and resources that focused on Red River Basin flood protection.
Geologist, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indianapolis, Indiana (1994 – 2001), Ms. de Silva served as a project manager in the Resource Conservation Recovery Act Corrective Action (RCRA) program, where she oversaw remediation of contaminated operating industrial facilities. This involved inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with regulator requirements; preparing comprehensive environmental assessments of the hazardous waste facilities; identifying sources of soil and groundwater contamination; reviewing plans and overseeing remediation and removal of hazardous waste; and making preliminary determinations of exposure pathways to evaluate most likely scenarios for harm to human health and the environment.
Geophysical Librarian, Chevron Company, Houston, Texas (1989 – 1990), Ms. de Silva’s responsibilities included acting as support staff to geophysicists, documenting and classifying seismic data, and initiating and implementing a procedure manual for the geophysical library. Additional tasks included indexing offshore data and entering it in to the database.
Research Assistant, Lunar and Planetary Institute and University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1984 – 1989), Ms. de Silva’s responsibilities included interpreting LANDSAT imagery, now published; drafting a geologic map of Jamaica; and researching, compiling, and digitizing a map of world plate boundaries. Other tasks included proofreading and editing geological manuscripts, now published in scientific journals, and preparing grant proposals and submitting quarterly reports to federal agencies.
Successful Proposals, Contracts and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
- Memorandum of Agreement for the Joint Education Programme: Water Cooperation and Peace, between OSU, UNESCO-IHE, and the University for Peace. Officially launched, April 2015.
- Transboundary Waters Assessment Project – The River Basins Component. Coordinated by DHI. $89,000. 2013-2015.
- “Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of Managing Water in the West.” U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. $120,000. 2010-2011.
- “African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Capacity Development Program.” Environmental Law Institute. $20,000. 2010-2012.
- Category II – “Initiation of an Instructional Program Leading to A Graduate Minor in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.” Spring 2010.
- “Furthering IWMI-OSU cooperation on transboundary water research.” The International Water Management Institute (IWMI). $15,000. 10/15/2009 through 03/15/2010.
- “The Geography, Geology and Hydropolitics of Israel and Palestine.” OSU L. L. Stewart Faculty Development Award. $2,195. Winter Term, 2009.
- “Water Anchor: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector,” submitted to the World Bank for $70,000 in October 2008
- Category I – “Proposal for the Initiation of a New Instructional Program Leading to A Graduate Certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.” Fall 2008.
- MOU between the Department of Geosciences and OSU Extended Campus. OSU Extended Campus. $75,000. Effective September 2008.
- “Upgrading the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database.” The International Water Management Institute, $27,000. 09/01/2007 - 08/30/2008.
- MOU between the Institute for Water and Water Resources, US Army Corps of Engineer, and the State of Oregon acting by and through OSU for the Institute for Water and Watersheds. The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM). September 20, 2007.
- McCaffrey, Stephen C., Paisley, Richard Kyle; de Silva, Lynette, and Wolf, Aaron. 2011.Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty in 2014 and Beyond: International Experiences and Lessons Learned. (accepted for publication)
- De Stefano, L.; Edwards, P.; de Silva, L; Wolf, A. 2010. Tracking cooperation and conflict in international river basins. Historic and recent trends, Water Policy, Vol. 12, No. 6. pp 871-884.
- de Silva, L. edited and managed the production of book entitled, “Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience Along International Waters: Asia.” Wolf, A., ed. Nairobi: UN Environment Programme, 2009.
- de Silva, L. edited and managed the production of book entitled, “Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience Along International Waters: Europe.” Wolf, A., ed. Nairobi: UN Environment Programme, 2009.
- de Silva, L. edited and managed the production of book entitled, “Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience Along International Waters: North America.” Wolf, A., ed. Nairobi: UN Environment Programme, 2009.
- de Silva, L.; Van der Zaag, P. 2009. Educational Strategies: An Integrative Approach to Water Relations. Unpublished document and Presentation at the 2009 World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden.
- De Stefano L.; de Silva L.; Edwards P.; Wolf, A. 2009. Updating the International Water Events Database. From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PC-CP) series. UNESCO. World Water Assessment Programme. Side publications series. Dialogue Paper. Published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
- Peck, W.D.; Harju, J.A.; O’Leary, E.A.; Smith, S.A.; Sorensen, J.A.; Steadman, E.N.; Nelson, C.R.; de Silva, L.L. Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership Atlas; PCOR Partnership Atlas for U.S. Department of Energy and multiclients; Energy & Environmental Research Center: Grand Forks, ND, 2005.
- de Silva, L.L.; Cihacek, L.J.; Leistritz, F.L.; Faller, T.C.; Bangsund, D.A.; Sorensen, J.A.; Steadman, E.N.; Harju, J.A. The Contribution of Soils to Carbon Sequestration; Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) September 20, 2007, Forks, ND, August 2005.
- Steadman, E.N.; Sorensen, J.A.; Reilkoff, T.E.; O’Leary, E.M.; de Silva, L.L.; Jensen, M.D.; Harju, J.A. The Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership: Identifying and Developing Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Opportunities in the North American Great Plains. In Proceedings of Western Fuels Symposium: 19th International Conference on Lignite, Brown, and Subbituminous Coals; Billings, MT, Oct 12–14, 2004.
- Wang, X.; Groenewold, G.H.; Steadman, E.N.; Bolles, B.A.; Peck, W.D.; de Silva, L.L.; Dokken, H.M. A Coupled Hydrologic-Hydraulic Model for Flood Reduction Analysis in the Red River of the North Basin. Presented at the 1st International Water Conference, Moorhead, MN, April 23–24, 2003.
- Burke, K., and Lucas, L., 1989, Thrusting on the Tibetan plateau within the last five MA., in Sengor, A.M.C., Tectonic evolution of the Tethyan region: Kluwer, p. 507–512.
- Lucas, L. et al., 1989, A map of the faults at Plate Boundaries: EOS, v. 70, no. 15, p. 469.
Workshops, Presentations and Posters
- de Silva, L. Water Conflict Management and Resilience. An oral presentation as a guest lecturer, in Aaron Wolf’s graduate, International Water Resources Management Course, April 16, 2015.
- de Silva, L. Water Conflict Management and Resilience. An oral presentation as a guest lecturer, in Aaron Wolf’s graduate, International Water Resources Management Course, April 8, 2014.
- de Silva, L. Water Diplomacy and the Four Worlds. An oral presentation given at the Fall 2013 OSU Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water. Held at OSU, Corvallis, OR, October 2, 2013.
- de Silva, L. How do we manage governance through Eflows? An oral presentation at the session entitled, Eflows - Bridging Climate, Political and Institution Borders, held at the World Water Week, September 5, 2013.
- de Silva, L. Paths to Managing and Transforming Water Conflicts. An oral presentation at International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 2, 2013.
- de Silva, L. Water Diplomacy and the Four Worlds. An oral presentation given at the Fall 2013 OSU Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water. Held at OSU, Corvallis, OR, October 2, 2013.
- Skills-Building Workshop (facilitated and taught): UNESCO “Train the Trainer” Shared Waters Training Manual Course for senior water professionals from Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Burundi. Workshop held as part of the 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 30 – 31, 2013.
- de Silva, L. “The future is open” on the matter of Water Conflict Management. An oral presentation at Plenary Session II: Specific Sector applications in building resilience, of the Building Resilience to Climate Related Disasters in the Greater Horn of Africa Programme, held as part of the 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 29, 2013.
- de Silva, L.L. Water Conflict Management and Transformation & Basins at Risk. An oral presentation and workshop on Water: The Key to Regional Stability, held at University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, September 27-29, 2010
- de Silva, L.L. Program in Water Conflict Management & Transformation Program in Water Conflict Management & Transformation. An oral presentation at the Got Water? Managing It for the Future: A Forum Our Regional Water Supply, held at the First Unitarian Church, Portland OR, June 4 – 5, 2010
- de Silva, L.L. Boundless Basins: What are the successes and failures of hydro-solidarity?” An oral presentation at the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, March 16-22, 2009.
- de Silva, L.L. UPTW Programme in Transboundary Groundwater: Umatilla Basin, USA. An oral presentation at the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey, March 16 – 22, 2009.
- de Silva, L.L. Transboundary aquifers (Part 3). Moderator of this special session hosted by the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters at the 13th International Water Resources Association World Water Congress, Montpellier, France, September 1–4, 2008.
- de Silva, L.L. Program in Water Conflict Management & Transformation. An oral presentation. Also acted as moderator at the 2008 Universities Council on Water Resources/The National Institutes for Water Resources Annual Conference. International Water Resources: Challenges for the 21st Century and Water Resources Education, Durham, NC, July 22–24, 2008.
- de Silva, L.L. The Certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. An oral presentation at the 2008 UCWR/NIWR Annual Conference, International Water Resources: Challenges for the 21st Century and Water Resources Education, Durham, NC, July 22–24, 2008.
- MacQuarrie, P.; de Silva, L.L.; Santelmann, M.V.; Wolf, A.T.; Eidem, N. An Integrated Program to Inform Water Policy and Conflict Management. Poster presentation at the 7th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, March 13-15, 2008.
- de Silva, L.L. The Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database. An abstract in the International Network of Basin Organizations Newsletter, in Volume 16, December 2007–January 2008.
- MacQuarrie, P.; de Silva, L.L.; Santelmann, M.V.; Wolf, A.T.; Eidem, N. An Integrated Program to Inform Water Policy and Conflict Management. Poster presentation at Water in the Pacific Northwest: Moving Science into Policy and Action, Annual Conference, Stevenson, Washington, November 7-9, 2007.
- de Silva, L.L. Kurz, M., Bolles B.; Williams, K.; Maki, C.; Johnson J. The Impact of Short-Term Water Storage on Agriculture - A Field Demonstration. Oral presentation and abstract at the American Water Resources Association, Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 7–10, 2005.
- de Silva, L.L.; Peck, W.D.; Bolles, B.A.; Wang, X.; Dokken, H.M.; Groenewold, G.H.; Steadman, E.N. Utilization of GIS in Flood Mitigation. A Case Study in the Red River Basin of the North America. Poster at the International Conference of GIS and Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Water Resources, Environment; Yichang, China, Sept 16–19, 2003.
- Bolles, B.A.; Wang, X.; de Silva, L.L.; Dokken, H.M.; Groenewold, G.H.; Peck, W.D.; Steadman, E.N. An Innovative, Basinwide Approach to Flood Mitigation: The Waffle Project. Presented at the International Conference of GIS and Remote Sensing in Hydrology, Water Resources, Environment; Yichang, China, Sept 16–19, 2003.
- Wang, X.; Groenewold, G.H.; Steadman, E.N.; Bolles, B.A.; Peck, W.D.; de Silva, L.L.; Dokken, H.M. WaffleSM: An Innovative Integrated Watershed Management Practice. Presented at the Eighth National Watershed Conference, Council Bluffs, IA, June 6–11, 2003.
- September 2014, accompanied by Brenda McCombs, Dean of the Graduate School, de Silva attended meetings on behalf of OSU and the Water Resources Graduate Program, at the University for Peace, Costa Rica. These meetings were instrumental in expediting the crafting of the Memorandum of Agreement for the Joint Education Programme: Water Cooperation and Peace, with UNESCO-IHE and the University for Peace. This program was officially launched April 2015.
- de Silva served on the Institute Evaluation Panel, assessing the 54 US Geological Survey Water Resources Research Institutes. Evaluated were their program activities for fiscal years 2008 – 2010. This included each institution’s regional research and information, technology transfer, and operations. (February - July 2014)
- Facilitated roundtable discussions on Creative Approaches to Water Cooperation, at the Water and Peace Diplomacy: From Conflicts to Cooperation Session on September 4, at 2013 World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Volunteers as a mediation practitioner within Benton County (Oregon) Small Claims Mediation Program (2011).
- Ms. de Silva served as a member in the River Basins Working Group for the (Global Environmental Facility) GEF Medium Sized Project ‘Enhancing the use of Science of International Waters projects to improve project results, implemented by UNEP and executed by UNU-INWEH. Ms. de Silva participated in the first technical working conference on 25-28th January, 2010, in Macao and assisted with information mining and science extraction of compiled GEF project documents in coordination with the Working Group, resulting in the GEF IW: Science Synopsis - River Basin.
- Teaches graduate courses and directs non-thesis students. Ms. de Silva is on the Graduate Faculty for OSU’s Water Resources Policy and Management Program (2010).
- Establishes procedural processes for coordination between OSU’s Master of Natural Resources degree program (MNR) and graduate certificate programs. Ms. de Silva is a member of the MNR Administrative Committee (2010).
- Follows admissions criteria established in the MNR Category I proposal and review of applications. Ms. de Silva is a member of the MNR Admissions Committee (2010).
- Coordinated the 2nd Annual Symposium on Transboundary River Governance in The Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, 2014, held at Oregon State University, November 7–10, 2010.
- Facilitated roundtable discussions on Water Conflict Management in the Climate Change and Governance Session at 2010 World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Volunteered as instructor for on campus WRP 510: Internship (2010).
- Assisted in coordinating the Natural Resource and Environment Symposium 2009, entitled, “Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, 2014,” held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 2–4, 2009.
- Board Delegate, Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) for Oregon State University, Oregon, 2009–present.
- Coordinated and acted as moderator for a special session co-hosted by the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters (UPTW), addressing Transboundary aquifers (Part 3), at the 13th International Water Resources Association World Water Congress, Montpellier, France, September 1–4, 2008.