Janet Hsiao

Janet Hsiao

Hydrologist – State of Hawaii, Commission on Water Resource Management


M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2014 - 2018 Aquatic Landscape Ecology Thesis: Characterizing landscape and seascape influences on nearshore coastal habitats: investigating connectivity between inland and coastal systems B.S., Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2013 Music Minor Thesis: Renewing Urban Streams with Recycled Water: Evaluating the Effects of Tertiary Treated Water on Freshwater Biodiversity


Janet was an MS student in the Fisheries & Wildlife Department and the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. Under the guidance of Dr. Dana Infante, her graduate research investigated how landscape characteristics may affect the quality and condition of coastal habitats and the organisms they support. Her thesis focused on understanding I) the hydrologic linkages between the landscape and nearshore coastal habitats and II) the spatial distribution of coastal ecosystem services as ways to inform conservation strategies.

Prior to MSU, Janet participated in engineering research that studied the ecologic and economic effects ofJanet Hsiao fishing urban water infrastructures. She explored the potential applications for flow augmentation by recycled water as ecosystem management tools in drier climates.

Janet served as a graduate mentor to Society for Freshwater Science undergraduate fellows and is being trained as an emerging leader through the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. As an aspiring environmental scientist and educator, Janet wants to help people understand that the choices they make as individuals matter and empower them to take responsibility for the changes they want to see in their community.  

Society for Freshwater Science, American Fisheries Society