Caroline Gottschalk Druschke is a rhetorician who arrived at the University of Rhode Island in 2011.  She received a PhD from the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also trained as a fellow in the Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes NSF-IGERT program.  She takes a transdisciplinary, community-based, collaborative approach to studying the nexus of communication and water: researching watershed-based agricultural conservation outreach with the Iowa Department of Agriculture; commercial fishing policy in the face of climate change as a mentor in the EPSCoR SURF program; and, most recently, the social benefits of and challenges to urban river restoration as an ORISE fellow with the EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division.  She teaches a variety of community-based undergraduate and graduate courses that bridge communication and the environment, including a multidisciplinary course about restoration of the Woonasquatucket River as part of URI’s Grand Challenge initiative