Ansel Olive Klein
Ansel Olive Klein joined Ecologic Institute from November 2014 until October 2015 as a Transatlantic Fellow. Her research interests included integrative water management, sustainable agriculture and soil management, ecological farming, transition and nexus governance, and science communication. She was particularly interested in the nexus of water and agriculture. Ansel Olive Klein is a native English speaker and also has intermediate knowledge of French and Hungarian.
At Ecologic Institute, Ansel Olive Klein conducted research on a wide array of water and agriculture-related issues, including drinking water and waste water management, open data water management platforms and sustainable and climate-friendly soil management. She worked with a collaborative team of scientists as part of the Demonstration of Promising Technologies to Address Emerging Pollutants in Water and Waste Water (DEMEAU), a three-year project funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7). With the project, Ansel Olive Klein investigated promising technologies for drinking and waste water management for water utilities across Europe. Ansel Olive Klein was heavily involved with the dissemination and science communication aspect of DEMEAU, exploring the advantageous avenues for widespread uptake and market penetration of appropriate technologies. Ansel Olive Klein was also involved with another FP7 project that explores water governance, Sharing Water-related Information to Tackle Changes in the Hydrosphere – for Operational Needs (SWITCH-ON). As part of SWITCH-ON, she assessed the societal impacts of open data water platforms in enhancing water governance across Europe. Finally, she was involved with Sustainable and Climate Friendly Soil Management (SmartSOIL), an FP7 project advancing innovative approaches to farm management of soil organic carbon stocks, crop productivity and other ecosystem services. Ansel Olive Klein worked collaboratively to develop a SmartSOIl decision support tool to help guide farmers, farm advisors and policy makers towards better soil management practices.
Prior to Ecologic Institute, Ansel Olive Klein worked as Agricultural Water Steward Project Coordinator with the Pacific Institute on agricultural water issues in California. She also worked as a Policy Program Assistant and Freelance Cartographer for International Rivers. There, she co-produced an interactive map of the State of the World Rivers that visualizes global river basin health.
Ansel Olive Klein holds a BA in Geography and BS in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). While a student at UC Berkeley, Ansel Olive Klein was a Leadership Scholar and Dean's Honor List Scholar. As part of her undergraduate thesis, she produced research on the climate change implications on treeline distributions in the Rocky Mountains with the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.