Degree Held:Grete Gansauer

B.S. Forestry, Colorado State University

Degree Sought:

PhD Earth Sciences (Geography)


Dr. Julia Haggerty

Research Project:

Build it and will they come? Regional-scale water infrastructure and rural development in Montana

Grete’s research interrogates two common strategies in rural development policy: infrastructural investment and regional-scale interventions. She researches the social, political, and economic dimensions of large-scale water pipeline networks in the rural American West. She draws on literature in political economy, rural development, and political ecologies of infrastructure to understand massive capital improvement projects and the multifaceted changes they produce for rural communities.

Preferred Email Address:

[email protected]


Research and Professional Experience:

2019 - present: Graduate Research Assistant, Natural Resource Social Sciences, NSF-EPSCoR Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems project

2019 - present: Consultant, Resource Rural LLC

2019-2020: Graduate Teaching Assistant, World Regional Geography (GPHY 141) and Honors Earth System Science (ERTH 201), Montana State University

2017-2019: Northwest Montana Field Director, Montana Wilderness Association

2015-2017: Northwest Montana Field Coordinator, Montana Wilderness Association

2015: Noxious Weed Coordinator, Flathead County, Montana

2014: Conservation Intern, Montana Conservation Corps

2012: Undergraduate Herbarium Assistant, Colorado State University

2011-2012: Undergraduate Lab Assistant, Colorado State University Dendrology Lab


2020: Presentation. Judith River Watershed CREWS meeting, “Problems created, problems solved: Complexities of the regional water pipeline proposal in the JRW”

2020: Panelist. Network on Infrastructural Regionalism workshop on Regional Water Infrastructure Governance, “Large-scale, regional infrastructure as a solution to rural water insecurity”

2019: Presentation. City of Bozeman, MT. “Storefront Block Frontage standards and placemaking in downtown Bozeman, Montana”

2017: Panelist. SHIFT Summit Jackson Hole. “Transition towns”.

2016, 2017, 2018: Presentation. Various audiences and community groups (<50 people) “Collaboration and federal timber policy on the Kootenai National Forest”

Honors and Awards:

2019: Best student presentation award, Montana Environmental Social Science Summit.

2018: “Most positive attitude”, Montana Wilderness Association employee awards

2018: STEP Emerging Leader in Conservation, Training Resources for the Environmental Community

2017: Emerging leader. SHIFT Summit Emerging Leaders Program

Volunteerism and Community Involvement:

2019 - Present: Advisor, Resource Advisory Council, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

2015 - 2019: Board Member, Kootenai Forest Stakeholders Coalition

2015 - 2019: Member, Whitefish Range Partnership

2017 - 2019: Commissioner, Whitefish Housing Authority

2015 - 2018: Secretary; Chair, fundraising committee, Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, inc.

2014 - 2015: Office Assistant, Glacier Institute

2012 - 2013: Ambassador, Colorado Bark Beetle Coalition