Dr. Christina Babbitt
Christina Babbitt manages the California Groundwater Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where she is working to advance successful implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, California’s landmark new groundwater management law. In this role, Christina is leading efforts to improve water trading policy in California and scale replicable groundwater sustainability projects across California’s Central Valley. Prior to joining EDF, Christina held positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center in Oakland, California, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in Washington, D.C. Christina’s past research has focused on water resources governance in stressed watersheds across western U.S., Europe, and eastern Africa. She holds a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, an MSc in Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems from Florida International University, and a BA in International Relations from Rollins College.