Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova: I am a water researcher, a story-teller, a fishmonger, a surfer, photography enthusiast, and a native Oregonian.

I have recently completed a year-long sabbatical working as the Communications Officer for SWAN (Sustainable Water Network) in Dublin, Ireland’s only water-focused non-profit organization, as well as a professional fishmonger at Reid’s Fish Market, owned by OCEANPATH in Howth, Ireland.

My research and journalism cover the geopolitical-socio-economic-cultural factors and connections of water. I am especially interested in addressing and investigating potential gaps of water security as it is currently defined to consider the inclusion of non-material dimensions such as culture, values, expressionism, identity and a relational sense of responsibility to other beings. I employ art-based approaches in my work that encompasses videography, photography, narratives, and song.

Currently in pursuit of my doctoral degree at The University of British Columbia in the Resources, Environment, and Sustainability graduate program, I am supervised by Dr. Leila Harris and I am a member of the research group, “EDGES” (Environment and Development: Gender, Equity, and Sustainability Perspectives).

Previously, I completed my master’s of science degree at Oregon State University in Water Resources Policy, and Management Program working under the supervision of my advisor Dr. Aaron Wolf, a trained hydrologist, and international water negotiator.

I hold a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University in philosophy and writing, with a focus on environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science and human rights.

In addition to my academics and writing, I am also a trained facilitator and mediator and am bilingual in Spanish/English.

I am a dedicated cold water surfer and I enjoy teaching free surf lessons on Saturdays.

To share your water story or to say hello please contact me at:


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  1. Attn Dakota Wasco aka Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova: from Boy on the Train

    Greetings from Cornwall. The publisher of the books to get young persons involved in scientific/technical/engineering disciplines is Crabtree Publishers –
    Above is one one page from a search on their website but there are loads so it’s sometime to consider if ever you have excite interest in young persons who need further reading.
    From our brief encounter (do they always occur on railway stations?) & my boat accommodation for the past 5 nights it struck me that there is possible an as yet unresearched water quality issue surrounding the use of leisure craft, though I may be naive. A topic that has to be explored discretely though.
    Anyway, I will have a word with my next-door Italian university lecturer on the topic & get back to you – who knows where it may lead. Given Cornwall’s long mining history there has long been water quality issue – arsenic contamination from extract processing. But the mostly dormant mines may be close to a new bonanza – supposedly their waters contain Lithium in record quantities vitally needed for batteries, oh, and of course as a medical treatment (minor).
    The above first name was assuming an Oregon Native American origin.
    So there

    Paul Owens


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