iUTAH Team - Graduate Research Assistant

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Mark Blaiser


Utah State University


Research Topic

Environment and Society


iUTAH Research Focus Area



Faculty Advisor

Joanna Endter-Wada, Zhao Ma



Mark’s iUtah research focus is on understanding water resources sustainability in the Wasatch Range Metropolitan Area (WRMA). Specifically, he is designing and implementing a suite of surveys of households, businesses, and farming operations with a focus on environmental perceptions and decision-making by individual water users across diverse urban and urbanizing neighborhoods in the WRMA. He will also be collaborating with the iUTAH team to develop social science models of water use, particularly integrated models that link human water decisions with changes in the built environment and environmental conditions.



Mark Blaiser is a doctoral student in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management at Utah State University in the Department of Environment and Society. Prior to USU, Mark was an independent consultant and the executive director at Minnesota Waste Wise and Energy Smart, a non-profit that delivers strategic sustainability consulting to organizations, businesses, and local and state government. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Leadership with a focus on environmental sustainability and an undergraduate in Psychology. Mark enjoys the outdoors, and among other hobbies, is an occasional instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.