Committee Members and Staff Biographies
JOHN J. BOLAND (chair) is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. His fields of research include water and energy resources, environmental economics, and public utility management. Dr. Boland has studied resource problems in more than 20 countries, has published more than 200 papers and reports, and has coauthored two books on water demand management and three others on environmental management issues. Dr. Boland is a registered professional engineer. He has served on several National Research Council (NRC) committees and boards, including the Water Science and Technology Board, of which he was a founding member (1982) and past chair (1985-1988). He is a life member of the American Water Works Association and past chairman of its Economic Research Committee. Dr. Boland received his Ph.D. degree in environmental economics from Johns Hopkins University.
PATRICK BREZONIK is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the past director of the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Brezonik was a professor of water chemistry and environmental science at the University of Florida. His fields of research include biogeochemical processes in aquatic systems, with an emphasis on the impacts of human activity on water quality and element cycles in lakes and watersheds. He is a past member of the NRC's Water Science and Technology Board and of several NRC committees, including chair of the Committee to Revitalize Education in the Field of Limnology. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Marquette University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ROBERT K. DAVIS has most recently been associated with the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. He is the former head of the Economic Staff in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. His fields of research include natural resource economics, environmental policy analysis, water resources planning, and methods of benefit-cost analysis. His Ph.D. thesis is widely considered the first publication on contingent valuation, a method in wide use today to quantify environmental benefits and damages. Dr. Davis has served as an adviser to foreign governments, has served in faculty positions at several universities, and has served on the staff of Resources for the Future. Dr. Davis received his B.S. and his M.S. degrees from Ohio State University and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
LEO M. EISEL is a principal engineer at Brown and Caldwell in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Eisel has more than 29 years of experience with water rights and water resources. He is the former director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Division of Water Resources, and the U.S. Water Resources Council. He is also a past president of McLaughlin Water Engineers in Denver. Dr. Eisel has served on several National Research Council committees and has served as a member of the NRC’s Water Science and Technology Board. He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering from Harvard University.
STEPHEN W. FULLER is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Dr. Fuller’s fields of research focus on transportation, marketing, and international trade issues, with an emphasis on the economics of Mississippi River waterway transportation. Dr. Fuller served on the NRC Committee on Freight Transportation Needs for the 21st Century. He is author of 280 refereed journal articles and reports that focus on agricultural transportation and marketing issues. Dr. Fuller has been honored five times by the Transportation Research Forum for his research by receiving the Outstanding Paper in Rural Transportation Award. Dr. Fuller received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics and his Ph.D. degree in economics, all from Kansas State University.
GERALD E. GALLOWAY is a research professor and professor of engineering at the Glen L. Martin Institute, University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the University of Maryland, he was vice president of the Enterprise Engineering Group at the Titan Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Galloway is a former secretary of the U.S. Section of the International Joint Commission. Dr. Galloway has served as a consultant on water resources engineering and management issues to the Executive Office of the President, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Galloway is a former dean of the Academic Board (chief academic officer) of the U.S. Military
Academy. Dr. Galloway holds M.S. degrees from Princeton, Penn State, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Galloway received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of North Carolina.
LESTER B. LAVE (IOM) is the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His fields of research include applied economics and public policy, safety goals for dams and other structures, and quantitative risk assessment. Dr. Lave chaired the NRC Committee to Review the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation System Feasibility Study. He is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and the former president of the Society for Risk Analysis. Dr. Lave received his Ph.D. degree in economics from Harvard University.
KARIN E. LIMBURG is an associate professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. Her fields of research focus on the Hudson River estuary in eastern New York State. Dr. Limburg teaches a course in fisheries biology and is a co-convener of a seminar series in interdisciplinary courses in watershed ecology. She received her A.B. degree from Vassar College in ecology-conservation and biology, her M.S. degree from the University of Florida in systems ecology, and her Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in ecology and evolutionary biology.
ELIZABETH A. RIEKE is the Lohontan Basin area manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Carson City, Nevada. Ms. Rieke is a former director of the Natural Resource Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, and a former assistant secretary for water and science in the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has served as an associate (1987-1989) and as a partner (1989-1991) with the law firm Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. Ms. Rieke received her B.A. degree from Oberlin College and her J.D. degree from the University of Arizona.
SOROOSH SOROOSHIAN (NAE) is a distinguished professor and the director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His fields of research include surface hydrology (with an emphasis on precipitation run-off modeling), the hydrology of arid and semiarid regions, and related water resources management issues. He has served on several NRC committees, including a six-year term as the chair of the NRC Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Panel. Dr. Sorooshian was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003. Dr. Sorooshian received his B.S. degree from California State Polytechnic University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
RICHARD E. SPARKS is Director of Research, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Alton, Illinois, which is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lewis and Clark Community College, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and other institutions concerned with management, education, and research on rivers and watersheds. He currently researches options for managing invasive aquatic species and restoring or naturalizing large floodplain rivers. He continues to be affiliated with the University of Illinois, where he formerly directed the Illinois Water Resources Center, and with the Illinois Natural History Survey, where he directed the Large River Research Program on the Upper Mississippi River system. He has served on several NRC committees, including the Committee on Aquatic Restoration and the Committee to Assess U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Project Planning Procedures. In Argentina, Brazil and India he provided advice on management of floodplain ecosystems and large rivers. He received a B.A. degree from Amherst College, his M.S. degree in biology from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. degree in biology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
JEFFREY W. JACOBS is a senior program officer at the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include policy and organizational arrangements for water resources management and the use of scientific information in water resources decision making. He has studied these issues extensively both in the United States and in mainland Southeast Asia. Since joining the NRC in 1997, he has served as the study director of 14 NRC committees. He received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, his M.A. degree from the University of California, Riverside, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado.
JOSEPH R. MORRIS is a senior program officer with the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (TRB). On the staff of TRB's Studies and Information Services Division since 1983, Mr. Morris has participated in studies of freight transportation, highway safety, transportation finance, highway design standards, and transportation and air quality. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College, his master of city and regional planning degree from Harvard University, and his M.S. degree from the University of Chicago.