Elizabeth W. Boyer, associate professor of water resources at the Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed the new Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center and assistant director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Boyer came to Penn State last January from U.C. Berkeley, where she was a tenured associate professor, and had previously served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Her prior experience also includes appointments with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program in water resources. She has a B.S. in Geography from Penn State and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Boyer’s research explores hydrological and ecological processes that affect water quality and quantity. She is interested in how human activities and environmental variability influence conditions and trends in streams, rivers, and estuaries. She has published extensively on the impacts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon on watersheds throughout the U.S. and in Latin America. Such studies provide a scientific basis for design and implementation of land management programs and policies to mitigate the effects of pollution, and to protect, conserve, and restore surface waters.
The Water Resources Research Center is one of 54 water centers funded through the USGS, with responsibilities for promoting water research and education programs throughout Pennsylvania. The mission of the center is to plan, facilitate, and conduct research to help resolve local, state and national water resources problems; train water scientists and engineers through participation in water resources research and outreach; and promote technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results.
In addition to administering the center’s seed grant program and directing the Water Quality Laboratory, Boyer will help facilitate interdisciplinary water research initiatives on campus, and serve as liaison from Penn State to external stakeholders so as to enhance the visibility and responsiveness of Penn State researchers in water sciences. Please join us in welcoming Beth Boyer as she assumes these important responsibilities for Penn State.
Beth Boyer is an associate professor of water resources in the School of Forest Resources, College of Agricultural Sciences, and PSIEE cohire.