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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

George M. Hornberger (NAE), Chair, is Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University, where he is the director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment. He has a shared appointment as the Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering and as professor of Earth and environmental sciences. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Virginia, where he held the Ernest H. Ern Chair of Environmental Sciences. He has been a visiting scholar at the Australian National University, Lancaster University, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Colorado, and the U.S. Geological Survey. His research is aimed at understanding complex water-energy-climate interrelationships. Dr. Hornberger is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for Women in Science, and the Geological Society of America. He has served on numerous boards and committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, including as chair of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources (1996–2000); chair of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (2003–2009); and chair of the Water Science and Technology Board (2013–2017). Dr. Hornberger was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1996. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering, an M.S. in hydrology from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in hydrology from Stanford University.

Kenneth R. Bradbury is Wisconsin state geologist and the director of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin–

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Extension. Previously, Dr. Bradbury held various roles within the Survey, including research hydrogeologist and professor, Water and Environment program leader, and assistant director for science. He also holds an affiliate faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Geoscience. Dr. Bradbury’s recent research has focused on developing regional groundwater flow models for groundwater and surface-water management. Additional research interests include investigating the movement of viruses in groundwater systems, characterizing and simulating fractured aquifers, determining groundwater flow paths near water-supply wells, wellhead protection, groundwater recharge, and the regional hydrogeology of Wisconsin. Dr. Bradbury holds a B.A. in geology from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. in geology from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Yu-Ping Chin is professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware. Prior to coming to Delaware, he was professor of Earth sciences at The Ohio State University for 26 years. He has also been a visiting research scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and in the chemistry department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Dr. Chin conducts research on the fate of synthetic organic chemicals in aquatic systems in both natural and the built environment. He is predominantly interested in the transformation of these compounds mediated by dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the presence of sunlight and under anaerobic conditions. He has conducted research on DOM-mediated biogeochemical processes in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Dr. Chin served two terms as a member of the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board. He has also been a member on past National Academies committees, including a Review of the WATERS Network Science Plan and Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites. Dr. Chin received his A.B. in geology from Columbia University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (Aquatic Chemistry) from the University of Michigan in 1988. He received further postdoctoral training at the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1988 to 1991.

Ellen Gilinsky is president of Ellen Gilinsky, LLC. Prior to this role, she was an associate deputy assistant administrator and senior policy adviser in the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this position, she addressed policy and technical issues related to all EPA water programs with an emphasis on science, water quality, and state programs, including nutrient pollution, floodplain management, and harmful algal blooms. Prior to that appointment, she served as the director of the Water Division at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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at DEQ as the manager of the Office of Wetlands and Water Protection. She is a past president of the Association of Clean Water Administrators, has held a gubernatorial appointment to the state advisory board of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and served as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University in the departments of biology and environmental studies. Dr. Gilinsky has 12 years of experience as an environmental consultant on water issues. She holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peter H. Gleick (NAS) is president emeritus and chief scientist of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. Dr. Gleick is a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987, he co-founded the Pacific Institute, which he led as president until 2016 when he became chief scientist. Dr. Gleick was the first to successfully link general circulation models with regional hydrological models to characterize regional impacts of climate change on water. His subsequent work has focused on the challenges of providing basic human needs for water across the globe and understanding the interactions of global freshwater resources with respect to human environmental impacts, economic development, and international security. Notably, he also pioneered and advanced the concepts of the “soft path for water” and “peak water.” Dr. Gleick received a MacArthur Fellowship and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Gleick holds a B.S. in engineering and applied science from Yale University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert E. Mace is associate director and chief water policy officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and professor of practice in the department of geography at Texas Tech University. Prior to his current position, he was a deputy executive administrator at the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). There, he managed the Water Science and Conservation Program that studies the rivers and aquifers of the state, promoted the conservation of the state’s water, and pursued innovative technologies such as desalination, rainwater collection, and water reuse. Previously, he was the division director for groundwater resources at TWDB. Dr. Mace also worked for nine years at the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin as a hydrologist and research scientist. During that time, he undertook research on groundwater modeling and hydrogeologic characterization of aquifers. Dr. Mace’s expertise includes hydrogeology, water conservation, geostatistics, policy and science, and stakeholder processes and communication. He has more than 25 years of experience working with water in Texas. He holds a B.S. in geophysics

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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and an M.S. in hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Anne W. Nolin is professor in the Geography Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and serves as the director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. From 2003–2018, she was a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Prior to that, Dr. Nolin was a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on mountain hydroclimatology, water scarcity, radiative transfer modeling, glaciers, meltwater, mountains as social-ecological systems, and remote sensing. She is a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer Science Team and the NASA SnowEx Science Definition Team. She served as vice chair of the Water Resources and Global Hydrologic Cycle panel for the 2007 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey and subsequently on the National Academies’ Space Studies Board and Committee on Earth Sciences. She also currently serves on the NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Nolin was elected and served 3 years as the chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and an M.S. in soils, water, and engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in geography also from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Roger K. Patterson is assistant general manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, overseeing Metropolitan’s strategic water initiatives for the Colorado River and Sacramento–San Joaquin Bay Delta. Mr. Patterson was the director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources from 1999 to 2005. He was responsible for water administration, water planning, floodplain delineation, dam safety, and the state databank. He represented Nebraska on interstate compacts, decrees, and basin associations and led the state team in the settlement of U.S. Supreme Court cases on the North Platte and Republican Rivers. Prior to his work in Nebraska, Mr. Patterson served 25 years with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. During his tenure there, he served as regional director in both the mid-Pacific region based in Sacramento and the Great Plains region headquartered in Billings, Montana. He is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska and Colorado. He has participated in several National Academies studies in the past, including the Committee on the Assessment of Water Resources Research. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Ying Fan Reinfelder is professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the global water cycle and its role in regulating global environmental change through time, in particular water-plant relations below ground, and the coevolution of land plants and the terrestrial environment. She was on the board of directors for the Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., and is on the NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee. She holds a B.S. in engineering from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering, an M.S. in geography from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University.

Jennifer L. Tank is director of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative and the Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Tank’s research focuses on the influence of human activities on ecosystem function in streams and rivers. Currently, much of Dr. Tank’s research takes place in the agricultural Midwest, where she and her team focus on innovative techniques to improve sustainable agriculture by working with farmers to minimize negative effects on freshwater and livelihoods downstream. Dr. Tank currently leads the Indiana Watershed Initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Resource Conservation Partnership Program, which includes partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, county surveyors, and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. Her goal is to improve the health and nutrient removal efficiency of streams and rivers draining cropland in the agricultural Midwest through implementation of watershed-scale conservation using real-time nutrient sensing, cover crops, and novel drainage management. She was a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Dr. Tank holds a B.S. in zoology from Michigan State University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in ecology from Virginia Tech.

Howard S. Wheater is the Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and a Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Hydrology at Imperial College London. A leading expert in hydrological science and modeling, he has published more than 200 refereed articles and six books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the American Geophysical Union and a winner of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water and the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/International Association of Hydrological Sciences International Hydrology Prize (Dooge Medal). He has initiated and led national and international research programs in the United Kingdom and Canada

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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and founded the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and the pan-Canadian Global Water Futures program. He has advised states, provinces, and national governments on flood, water resources, and water quality issues. He represented Hungary and Argentina at the International Court of Justice, sat on an International Court of Arbitration concerning the Indus Waters Treaty, and is currently an expert advisor to the government of Chile in a case before the International Court of Justice. He was, until 2014, vice chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s Global Energy and Water Cycle Exchanges project and leads UNESCO’s Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands program. His role as chair of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural Landscapes of Canada saw the release of a report in February 2013 titled Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in engineering science from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in civil engineering and hydrology from the University of Bristol.

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David M. Allen (Co-Study Director) is a senior program officer for the National Academies’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Allen worked at the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Office, where he focused on international global change research and international assessment. In this role, he developed and maintained a comprehensive international portfolio for USGCRP. Examples of some of the activities include: national funding of international research programs (e.g., World Climate Research Programme, Future Earth); recruiting and conducting national reviews of international assessments (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, World Ocean Assessment); coordinating an interagency international working group; coordinating funding for regional global change research and capacity building organizations (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and the SyTem for Analysis, Research and Training). Mr. Allen received his B.A. in sociology and pre-medical sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Washington.

Deborah Glickson (Co-Study Director) is a senior program officer with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Academies. She received an M.S. in geology from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. Her doctoral research focused on magmatic and tectonic contributions to mid-ocean ridge evolu-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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tion and hydrothermal activity at the Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. After completing her Ph.D., she participated in the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and worked on coastal and ocean policy and legislation in the U.S. Senate. She joined the National Academies’ Ocean Studies Board in 2008 and has worked on many ocean and Earth science studies with topics including ocean science research and infrastructure, coastal zone dynamics, marine hydrokinetic energy, methane hydrates, coal mining and human health, and geoscience education. Dr. Glickson was also the associate director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology at Florida Atlantic University–Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute from 2015 to 2016.

Brendan R. McGovern is a research assistant with the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board. Mr. McGovern has contributed to several studies and activities, on topics such as municipal water supply, aquifer storage and recovery, community-based flood insurance, ecosystem restoration, and coastal risk reduction. He previously worked and interned with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Stimson Center on international water security issues. He earned his B.A. degrees in political science and history from the University of California, Davis.

Carly Brody is a senior program assistant for the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board and the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. She received a B.A. degree in environmental science and policy and American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the National Academies in 2017, she interned with the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Solving problems related to use of water resources will be of paramount importance in coming decades as increasing pressure from growing populations, climate change, extreme weather, and aging water-related infrastructure threaten water availability and quality.

The Water Mission Area (WMA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long-established reputation for collecting and delivering high-quality, unbiased scientific information related to the nation’s water resources. WMA observations help inform decisions ranging from rapid responses during emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, and forest fires, to the long-term management of water resources.

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