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Project Title: Mississippi River Water Quality Science and Interstate Collaboration

PIN: DELS-WSTB-12-01        

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Water Science and Technology Board


Jacobs, Jeffrey

Subject/Focus Area:  Environment and Environmental Studies

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   04/29/2013

Dr. David A. Dzombak - (Chair)
Carnegie Mellon University

David A. Dzombak (NAE) is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. university professor of environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and faculty director of the Carnegie Mellon Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. He conducts research in water quality engineering and science, on topics pertaining to environmental restoration and the water-energy nexus. Dr. Dzombak is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has extensive previous NRC experience, having served as the chair of the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act, and as a member of the NRC Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act: Scientific, Modeling, and Technical Aspects of Nutrient Pollutant Load Reduction and Allocation. Dr. Dzombak holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from Saint Vincent College, B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. James B. Gulliford
Soil and Water Conservation Society

James B. Gulliford serves as executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in Ankeny, IA. Before joining the Soil and Water Conservation Society, he served 2.5 years in Washington, DC as EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. There he was responsible for the protection of public health and the environment from potential risks of pesticides and chemicals. Prior to moving to EPA headquarters, he was EPA Regional Administrator for Region 7 in Kansas City from 2001-2006, where he was responsible for implementing the authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas, and the nine tribal nations within those four state boundaries. He has also served as the director of Iowa’s Department of Soil Conservation, a position where he was responsible for the development and management of soil conservation, water quality and mining regulation programs for the state of Iowa. Mr. Gulliford received his B.S. degree in forestry management and his M.S. degree in forestry economics and marketing from Iowa State University.

Dr. David J. Mulla
University of Minnesota, St. Paul

David J. Mulla is professor and W. E. Larson Chair for Soil and Water Resources in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. He is also the director of the university’s Precision Agriculture Center. Dr. Mulla’s research covers a wide variety of topics regarding agriculture, soil erosion, and water quality, including: (1) nonpoint source surface water pollution and watershed management, (2) transport and modeling of water, solutes, trace metals, and organic chemicals in soil, surface and groundwater, (3) impacts of biofuel and alternative crop production systems, (4) measurement, modeling, and management of soil erosion, (5) phosphorus and nitrogen transport in soils, and (6) agricultural best management practices. In 2007 he was appointed a Founding Fellow in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Environment. He has previous NRC experience, having served on the Review of EPA's Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing Waters in Florida. Dr. Mulla received his B.S. degree in Earth Sciences (with emphasis in geophysics) from the University of California at Riverside, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy (emphasis in soil chemistry and physics) from Purdue University.

Dr. David M. Soballe
Waterways Experiment Station

David M. Soballe is a research biologist with the U.S. Army Corps Engineers Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, MS. Dr. Soballe has 30 years of experience in the fields of limnology, water quality, and river ecology. From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Soballe was the leader of the USGS, Upper Mississippi River Environmental Management Program, water quality monitoring program. While with the USGS, he worked with the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA, and the states in designing and implementing the water quality monitoring program on the Upper Mississippi River. Dr. Soballe has extensive experience with water quality monitoring, data acquisition and environmental management issues on the Upper Mississippi River and elsewhere. He has previous NRC experience, having served on the Committee on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act. Dr. Soballe received his B.S. degree in biology from University of Notre Dame, his M.S. degree in biological sciences from Michigan Technological University, and his Ph.D. degree in animal ecology (limnology) from Iowa State University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
There has been a change in committee membership with the resignation of Dr. Nancy N. Rabalais on 11/13/13.