Catherine J. Bruns (B.A. Concordia College, M.A. James Madison University) is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studies media discourses of water crisis and insecurity. Her dissertation examines how climatic changes related to water scarcity impact wine culture in the Andalusia region of Spain, and she currently works as a graduate research assistantship for the NSF-funded Center for OLDest Ice EXploration (COLDEX). In addition to serving on the IECA Board of Directors, she also serves on the UMN Water Council and the United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Minnesota State Advisory Council.