Michal Zahorik

Michal Zahorik, NRESS Ph.D. student

Research Topic

Negotiating Conflicts Over Adaptive and Integrated Flood Management in New Hampshire’s Watersheds

Michal’s research aims to investigate existing institutional arrangements for managing flood risks on farmland, identify the institutional elements most relevant for farmland flood management, describe approaches to flood risk management in practice on farmland, and identify opportunities and barriers for improving flood risk management.

Floodplains provide a variety of ecosystem services, for example for agriculture, flood control settlement, nature conservation, and recreation. Integrated and adaptive approaches to flood risk management promise a way to resolve conflicts between these objectives, while also providing protection from some climate change impacts. Empirical evidence suggests there is a policy shift in this direction, but institutional arrangements and stakeholder conflicts remain significant barriers. While farming interests are among the most affected by this shift, little is known about how they are being engaged and how impacts are being managed.

Selected Publication(s)

Colgan, Charles S.; Kartez, Jack D.; and Sheils, Martha P., "Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps" (2016).


  • B.S., M.S., Public Administration and Regional Development, VŠE University, Prague, Czech Rep., 2005
  • Master's Degree in Policy, Planning, and Management, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, 2016

Professional Positions

  • Greater Portland Council of Governments, Maine Clean Communities, 2016 - 2017
  • Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Dover, NH, Summer 2015
  • New England Environmental Finance Center, 2014 - 2016 
  • Urban Planning Mentorship Program, New Hampshire Planners Association, 2013 - 2014