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Ellen Kujawa

PhD student

Power, knowledge, and hazards across borders: Hurricanes and geographies of information in the Caribbean



  • 2020-2021: Science Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • 2017-2019: Technical Associate at the Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • 2015-2017: Senior Research Scientist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


  • MSc, Water Science, Policy and Management (Distinction), University of Oxford
  • MS, Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • AB, Environmental Studies (Honors), Mount Holyoke College


  • Smuts Memorial Fund Research Grant, University of Cambridge, 2022
  • Department of Geography Fieldwork Award, University of Cambridge, 2022
  • Scullard Fund Award, St. John’s College Cambridge, 2022
  • Rachel Brown Fellowship, Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association, 2022
  • Cambridge International Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2021
  • Archibald Jackson Distinction Prize, University of Oxford, 2020
  • Grant Cottam Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
  • Bernice Maclean Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, 2011


  • Kujawa, E.R. 2021. Recognising racial inequity and addressing local recovery capacity in the United States’ federal response to floods. Oxford Strategy Review 1.
  • Mikulyuk, A., C. Hein, S. Van Egeren, E.R. Kujawa, J. Vander Zanden. 2020. Prioritizing management of non-native Eurasian watermilfoil using species occurrence and abundance predictions. Diversity 12.
  • Mikulyuk, A., E.R. Kujawa, M.E. Nault, S. Van Egeren, K.I. Wagner, M. Barton, J. Hauxwell, M.J. Vander Zanden. 2020. Is the cure worse than the disease? Comparing the ecological effects of an invasive species with the effects of herbicide treatments used for control. FACETS 5.
  • Kujawa, E.R., P.N. Frater, A. Mikulyuk, M. Barton, M.E. Nault, S. Van Egeren, J. Hauxwell. 2017. Lessons from a decade of lake management: Effects of herbicides on Eurasian watermilfoil and native plant communities. Ecosphere 8(4).
  • Mikulyuk, A., M. Barton, J. Hauxwell, C. Hein, E.R. Kujawa, K. Minahan, M.E. Nault, D., Oele, K.I. Wagner. 2017. A macrophyte bioassessment approach linking taxon-specific tolerance and abundance in north temperate lakes. Journal of Environmental Management 199(172).
  • Frater, P.N, A. Mikulyuk, M. Barton, M.E. Nault, K.I. Wagner, J. Hauxwell, E.R. Kujawa. 2017. Relationships between water chemistry and herbicide efficacy of Eurasian watermilfoil management in Wisconsin lakes. 2017. Lake and Reservoir Management 33(1); finalist for best paper 2017.
  • Kujawa, E.R., S.J. Goring, A. Dawson, R. Calcote, E. Grimm, S. Hotchkiss, E.A. Lynch, C. Jackson, J. McLachlan, J. St. Jacques, C. Umbanhowar, J.W. Williams. 2016. The effect of anthropogenic landcover change on pollen-vegetation relationships in the American Midwest. Anthropocene 15 (special issue).


  • Supervisions
    • Life within Limits: Science for a Climate and Ecological Future
    • Geography’s Shapes: Pasts, Patterns, Prospects
  • Teaching Assistant
    • Introductory Biology (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • Physical Geography (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • Ecology (Mount Holyoke College)
    • Introductory Environmental Studies (Mount Holyoke College)
  • Primary Instructor
    • Limnology (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

External activities

  • Co-Convener, Geographies of Knowledge Research Group (2022-present)
  • Co-Convener, Cambridge Disaster Research Network (2022-present)
  • Earth Sciences and Geography Postgraduate Representative, Cambridge Student Union (2022-present)
  • Student Representative, Geography Postgraduate Student Committee, University of Cambridge (2021-present)
  • Region 1 Director, North American Lake Management Society (2018-2019)
  • Coordinator, Environment on Tap lecture series (2012-2014)