The election results are in! Nicole Wilkinson, North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute; Dan Devlin, Kansas State University; and Elizabeth Boyer, Penn State University were elected to the UCOWR Board of Directors for a 3-yr term. Thank you to all the delegates that voted in this year's election!
Since 2010, Nicole Wilkinson has served the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute as the Coordinator for Research and Outreach, where she coordinates the annual grants competition, manages the Urban Water Consortium and Stormwater Group, and coordinates stakeholder-based workshops and an annual conference. She recently joined NC Sea Grant as a joint WRRI-SG team member. Her efforts aim to increase the knowledge and research base of NC’s water resources and transfer that research into the hands of practitioners and decision makers. She earned a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami. After a stint of international volunteer work, she earned her Master’s in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. From 2007-2010, she served as the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where she delivered training and technical assistance to coastal decision makers to help them make informed, science-based decisions about coastal management. Nicole loves the outdoors, including hiking, camping, and playing volleyball. She finds yardwork therapeutic. Mostly she enjoys being mom to an active and extremely happy young son and embraces all the lessons he teaches her.
Daniel Devlin is a Professor of Agronomy and serves as the Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment and the Kansas Water Resources Institute at Kansas State University. In his current position, he has responsibility for coordinating and enhancing research, extension, and teaching initiatives pertaining to water quality and quantity programs as well as other environmental concerns, such as climate change, soil fertility, irrigation, watershed management and interactions with state and federal agencies. During his career, he has studied pesticide runoff, developed best management practices for pesticides, and developed and delivered innovative educational programs in Kansas resulting in documented reductions in atrazine herbicide runoff into surface waters. He also has experience with watershed modeling and with watershed and basin planning and has served as the Kansas leader for the USDA-ARS funded Ogallala Aquifer Program. Dr. Devlin is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and has received their outstanding Agronomic Extension Education Award. Dan has international experience working in Belarus, China, France, Costa Rica, and Russia. He has served on national review panels for USDA-NIFA, USDA-ARS, and USDA-FSA as well as serving on US EPA National Advisory Panels. Dan Devlin is a native of Smith County, Kansas and has a B.S. and M.S. in from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
Beth Boyer is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management at Penn State University. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment at Penn State; and as Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center, which is part of the National Institutes of Water Resources. Prior to her current positions, she was on the faculty at the State University of New York at Syracuse (Assistant professor) and at the University of California at Berkeley (Assistant then Associate Professor). She holds a B.S. in Geography from Penn State, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. She is interested in how human activities and environmental variability influence conditions and trends in streams, rivers, and estuaries. In the past, she has chaired the American Geophysical Union's technical committee on Water Quality; and has chaired the international Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology and Geochemistry. At present, Beth serves as an Associate Editor of two hydrological journals, serves on the AGU ecohydrology technical committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrological Sciences, Inc.
Medford, Mass. – The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerad Bales as its new Executive Director. He will be joining CUAHSI on January 2, 2017.
Dr. Bales comes to CUAHSI from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where he served as the Chief Scientist for Water. In this role, he was responsible for the planning and development of national basic and applied research programs related to the hydrologic environment. Dr. Bales has also been principal investigator or Co-PI on numerous water-resources investigations throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. He was chair of the U.S. National Committee for the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), was co-chair of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the NSF Critical Zone Observatories. His research has covered a broad range of topics related primarily to surface-water processes, including small basin studies, flood studies, modeling of rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries, and research on small stream metabolism.
Dr. David Hyndman, chair of CUAHSI's Board of Directors, notes that “it is an exciting time for the organization as we transition into new leadership under Dr. Bales. We look forward to a productive new era in which CUAHSI continues to enhance the services we provide to the hydrologic sciences community.” Current CUAHSI Executive Director, Dr. Richard P. Hooper adds, “CUAHSI is in good hands with Dr. Bales who brings a wealth of experience in conducting water research and has an extensive contact network to help take CUAHSI to the next level.”
His previous roles include Acting Associate Director for the USGS Water Mission Area in Reston, Va., Director of the USGS North Carolina Water Science Center, Hydrologist and Supervisory Hydrologist in Raleigh, N.C. Concurrent with his position with the USGS, he served as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University.
Dr. Bales earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1977, a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.
Founded in 2001, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit university consortium representing more than 100 U.S. colleges, universities, and other research institutions leading the effort to advance the understanding of the central role of water to life, Earth, and society.