Kate Brauman is currently a Water and Climate Resilience Fellow at the US Department of Defense through a AAAS Science Technology Policy Fellowship. As part of this fellowship, she is on leave from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, where she was the Lead Scientist for the Global Water Initiative. Brauman’s research integrates hydrology and land use with economics and policy, including projects as diverse as payments for watershed services, global variation in “crop per drop”, and worldwide trends in water consumption and availability. Brauman received her doctorate from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree from Columbia University. She was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), a Lead Author for the UNEP Global Synthesis Report, and a 2018 AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow for Public Engagement.