Natallia Leuchanka

Natallia Leuchanka
Degree: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
Advisor: Catherine Ashcraft
Natural Resources and the Environment

Research Topic

The Future of Dams

Natallia’s research interests include socio-ecological systems, climate change adaptation and resilience, systems thinking, ecosystem-based management, stakeholder engagement, geospatial sciences (i.e. participatory GIS), international and transboundary environmental affairs, planning for sustainable communities, bridging the gap between science and decision-making, qualitative research methods and tools, corporate social and environmental responsibility, social innovation, and science communication.

Natallia is currently working with team members from various New England institutions on an interdisciplinary project focused on the future of dams in New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island. Results and outcomes from this applied research will help New England communities make better decisions about dam management. Results of this project will also be useful for other communities dealing with dam related issues and decisions across the U.S. and internationally.

Previous Awards and Activities

  • Joan and James Leitzel Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Outreach for “Best Poster Presentation” at the UNH Graduate Research Conference, Spring 2014
  • Farrington Fund Graduate Student Award, Fall 2013
  • University of New Hampshire Graduate Student Travel Grant, Summer 2013/Fall 2013
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative Conference Travel Award, Fall 2013
  • Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Travel Grant, Summer 2013
  • Training for Integration of Decisions & Ecosystems Science (TIDES) Graduate Fellowship (NERRS Science Collaborative), Fall 2012 – Summer 2014
  • University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference, Award of Excellence, Spring 2011
  • Central Paper Textbook Scholarship (for “contributions & outstanding work” to the UNH/University Library), Fall 2010
  • 3rd Annual Central Paper Textbook Scholarship, (for “hard work & dedication” to UNH Department of Housing), Spring 2010
  • Frank R. and Patricia S. Noonan International Research Fund (IROP) – Fall 2009
  • Tahoe-Baikal Institute Summer Environmental Exchange Scholarship, Summer 2009
  • Samuel N. and Sarah A. Paul International Research Fund (IROP) – Spring 2009
  • International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) Administration Award – Spring 2009
  • Richard N. St. Onge Memorial Scholarship, Physics, Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

Selected Presentations and Publications

Publication(s)

Leuchanka, N. 2016. The Collaborative MPO Approach to Performance Based Planning in New Hampshire: Stakeholder and Context Assessment Synthesis Report. Strafford Regional Planning Commission. Available at: http://www.strafford.org/cmsAdmin/uploads/synthesis-report_final.pdf

Presentations

Leuchanka, N. 2016. The Collaborative MPO Approach to Transportation Performance Based Planning in New Hampshire. QSR International. January 6, Online webinar. (Invited Speaker; Oral).

Leuchanka, N. 2015. The Collaborative MPO Approach to Performance Based Transportation Planning in New Hampshire. Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Annual Conference. October 20-23, Clark County, Nevada. (Invited Speaker; Oral). Link to Prezi presentation: https://prezi.com/mwxig_-ftqd-/ampo-conference-2015-performance-based-planning-11615-update/

Leuchanka, N. 2015. The Collaborative MPO Approach to Performance Based Transportation Planning in New Hampshire. Tri-State Transit Conference. September 9-11, Meredith, NH. (Invited Speaker; Oral)

Leuchanka, N., Wainger, L., Paolisso, M.J., Needelman, B.A., Johnson, K.J., Land, S. 2014. A collaborative approach to socio-economic assessment to increase coastal marsh and community resilience on the Chesapeake Bay. UNH Graduate Research Conference (GRC). April 16 - 17, Durham, NH. (Poster; The Joan and James Leitzel Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Outreach for “Best Poster Presentation”

Leuchanka, N., Wainger, L., Paolisso, M.J., Needelman, B.A., Johnson, K.J., Land, S. 2014. A collaborative approach to socio-economic assessment to increase coastal marsh and community resilience on the Chesapeake Bay. Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM). Feb. 23-28, Honolulu, HI. (Poster) http://posters.unh.edu/gallery/view/2613/

Leuchanka, N., Wainger, L., Paolisso, M.J., Needelman, B.A., Johnson, K.J., Land, S. 2013. LINKING MARSHES & COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE: A collaborative approach to socio-economic assessment to increase coastal marsh and community resilience on the Chesapeake Bay. Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Summit. Dec. 2, Annapolis, MD. (Poster)

Leuchanka, N., Wainger, L., Paolisso, M.J., Needelman, B.A., Johnson, K.J., Land, S. 2013. A collaborative approach to socio-economic assessment to increase coastal marsh and community resilience on the Chesapeake Bay. NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting. Nov. 18-22, Shepardstown, WV. (Poster)

Needelman, B.A., Paolisso, M.J, Delgado, P., Land, S., Wainger, L., Leisnham, P., Baldwin, A., Tjaden, R., Lundberg, D., Johnson, K.J., Leason, D., Leuchanka, N. 2013. Integrating socio-ecological research and collaborative learning to increase marsh and community resilience to sea-level rise. 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), Nov. 3-7, San Diego, CA. (Oral)

Leuchanka, N., Paolisso, M.J., Wainger, L., Needelman, B.A., Johnson, K.J., Delgado, P., Land, S., Tjaden, R., Leason, D. 2013. Socio-economic assessment and coastal marsh resilience on the Chesapeake Bay. 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), Nov. 3-7, San Diego, CA. (Poster)

Leuchanka, N. 2011. The Loss of Ecosystem Services on the Yucatán Peninsula in the 21st Century, Case Study: mangrove loss in Mexico and Belize. University of New Hampshire (UNH) Heritage Society. May 11, Durham, NH. (Oral; Invited Speaker)

Leuchanka, N. 2011. The Loss of Ecosystem Services on the Yucatán Peninsula in the 21st Century. The University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). April 29, Durham, NH. (Oral; Parents Association Undergraduate Research Symposium Award of Excellence)

Leuchanka, N. 2010. Remote Sensing, Anatomy, and Morphology of Mangroves at Akumal, in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. University of New Hampshire 2010 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) Symposium. Oct. 22, Durham, NH. (Oral)

Leuchanka, N., Franks, N., Berry, S. 2009. The Effects of Chernobyl on North American Forests. The University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). April 17-25, Durham, NH. (Poster)

Education

M.S., Natural Resources: Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management, UNH, 2014
B.S., Environmental Science, dual major in International Affairs, minor in Spanish - UNH, 2011

Professional Positions

Regional Planner, Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Technical Content Development Specialist, Center for Collaborative Science, School of Marine Sciences & Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire
Collaborative Learning & Ecosystem Based Management Intern, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve/Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Related Links

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natallialeuchanka