Dr. Cody L. Knutson, Planning and Social Science Program Area Leader
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Dr. Knutson originally served as a water resources specialist with the NDMC for three years beginning in May 1997. After a two-year break to complete his doctoral coursework, he rejoined the NDMC in November 2002. In addition to his work with the NDMC, Dr. Knutson has previously been employed by, and consulted for, private and public agencies, including development consulting firms, mining companies, the USDA–Black Hills National Forest, and the Department of the Interior–U.S. Geological Survey.
Dr. Knutson serves as the NDMC’s social scientist, developing information about the human component of drought planning, and as a water resources scientist, providing relevant technical and research support for a variety of other NDMC activities. Specialties include: drought risk analysis, human dimensions, and water resources policy.
- Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in geography with applied, human, and environmental specializations. Dissertation: Rural Water Development in Marginal Regions: A Case Study of South Dakota’s Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply System
- Certification in public policy analysis and program evaluation in 2001 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Political Science Department
- M.A. in 1997 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in anthropology, specializing in applied/development anthropology
- M.S. in 1996 from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in geological engineering, specializing in water resources and environmental quality
- B.S. in 1993 from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in geological engineering, specializing in ground water