Natallia Leuchanka Diessner

Natallia Leuchanka, NRESS Ph.D. student

Research Topic

Advancing Sustainability Science: A Focus on Dammed Social-Ecological Landscapes in New England

Natallia currently works with researchers from various New England institutions on an interdisciplinary project focused on current and future management of dams. New England’s 14,000 aging dams are ubiquitous signs of complex social-ecological systems, spanning temporal and spatial scales. Decisions about dams involve diverse stakeholders with differing interests who negotiate over values and regulatory requirements. Natallia’s applied research focuses on the science-policy interface of dam management decisions by 1) addressing knowledge gaps surrounding public and stakeholder perspectives and 2) advancing collaborative decision-making theory and practice via design and evaluation of a science-based role-play negotiation simulation, a novel process of knowledge production tested with stakeholders in New England. Results and outcomes from this applied sustainability science research will help New England communities make more informed decisions about dam management. Results of this project will also be useful for other communities dealing with dam related conflicts and decisions across the U.S. and internationally.

Selected Presentations and Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Leuchanka, N., Song, C., Ashcraft, C.M., Mo, W. 2019. System Dynamics and Role-Play Simulations for Sustainability Solutions around Dams in New England. Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors Research and Education Conference. May 14-16. Tempe, AZ.
  • Leuchanka, N., Hamilton, L.C., Gardner, K., Ashcraft, C.M. 2018. I’ll Be Dammed! Public Preferences and the Future of Dams in New Hampshire. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. April 10-14, New Orleans, LA.
  • Leuchanka, N., Ashcraft, C.M., Mo, W., Song, C. 2017. Acting and Modeling the Future of Dams: Knowledge Production Processes in Sustainability Science. 25th NSF EPSCOR National Conference. November 5-8, Missoula, MT.
  • 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).
  • 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 & Panel Organizer)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected Publications


  • M.S., Natural Resources: Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy, and Management Training for the Integration of Decisions and Ecosystems Science (TIDES) – University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA (2014)
  • Graduate Certificate, Geospatial Sciences – University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA (2014)
  • B.S., Environmental Science, dual major in International Affairs, minor in Spanish - University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA (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
  • For more, please see LinkedIn profile

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Natallia Leuchanka LinkedIn profile