Shannon Bonney is a PhD Candidate in Integrative Conservation and Ecology. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology and Sustainable Development at Green Mountain College in 2007.
After completing a self-designed major at Green Mountain College where she focused on the intersection between human society and ecological sustainability, Shannon came to the ICON program with the intent to continue such work. She also intended to continue pursuing applied research and outreach efforts, in an attempt to make her research relevant and transformative.
Throughout her time in the ICON program Shannon has worked with many stakeholders and non-governmental organizations. She has spent numerous years working with the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders, a group of stakeholders with 56 governing board members pursuing sustainable management of and an end to a decades long water conflict in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. She co-authored a report on isolated wetlands for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a report on water security in the southeast for the River Network.
Shannon’s research focuses on the management of river basins in transboundary contexts that experience periodic water scarcity. She has detailed the institutional design elements for 21 transboundary river basin organizations in order to report on how institutional design contributes to the successful and sustainable management of transboundary river basins, especially during periods of water scarcity. Shannon also aims to rigorously assess the ability of the Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration framework to provide adequate water for the environment in a socially equitable manner in transboundary contexts and under conditions of water scarcity. Finally, Shannon aims to recommend institutional approaches to providing environmental flows and resolving water conflicts in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.