Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

Study Director:

Dr. Donald I. Siegel - (Chair)
Syracuse University

Donald I. Siegel is a professor of geology at Syracuse University, where he teaches graduate courses in hydrogeology and aqueous geochemistry. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Rhode Island and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in solute transport at both local and regional scales, wetland-ground water interaction, and paleohydrogeology. He has been a member of several NRC committees including the WSTB Committee on Water Resources Activities at the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Siegel is also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board and served as Chair of the WSTB Committee on River Science at the U.S. Geological Survey (River Science at the USGS, 2007).

Dr. Jennifer A. Field
Oregon State University

Jennifer A. Field, is a Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Dr. Field holds a B.S. in Earth Science from Northland College and a Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines. An analytical chemist, her research interest is in understanding the occurrence, transport, and fate of contaminants in ground water, surface water, and waste water effluent. An expert in analytical methods development, she currently focuses on detection of organic contaminants such as illicit drugs, fluorine-containing compounds, and nanomaterials in water. She held a student appointment with the USGS Water Resource Discipline National Research Program from 1987-1990. Dr. Field is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Technology.

Dr. Judith L. Meyer
University of Georgia [Retired]

Judith L. Meyer is Distinguished Fellow at the River Basin Center and Professor Emeritus at Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Meyer has served on the Water Science and Technology Board, the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and several NRC committees. She is a past president of the Ecological Society of America. She currently serves on the Environmental Processes and Effects Committee of the EPA?s Science Advisory Board and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of American Rivers. She received the award of Excellence in Benthic Science from the North American Benthological Society, was named a Clwan Water Act Hero by Clean Water Network, and is a AAAS FellowHer expertise is in river and stream ecosystems with emphasis on nutrient dynamics, microbial food webs, riparian zones, ecosystem management, river restoration, and urban rivers. Dr. Meyer received a Ph.D. in 1978 from Cornell University. She was part of the 1990 and 2002 NRC NAWQA reports.

Dr. David W. Schindler
University of Alberta

David W. Schindler (NAS) is Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. From 1968 to 1989, he founded and directed the Experimental Lakes Project of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans near Kenora, Ontario, conducting interdisciplinary research on the effects of eutrophication, acid rain, radioactive elements and climate change on boreal ecosystems. Dr. Schindler is the world leader in understanding lake biogeochemistry. His pioneering studies involving whole lake experiments convincingly verified the phosphorus-eutrophication connection and the impact of atmospheric acidification on lake production. He has brilliantly revealed the effects of UV radiation and airborne organochlorine contaminants on boreal lakes. His current research interests include the study of fisheries management in mountain lakes, the biomagnification of organochlorines in food chains, effects of climate change and UV radiation on lakes, and global carbon and nitrogen budgets. He received a B.S. in 1962 from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in 1966 from Oxford University. Dr. Schindler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is an active NRC committee participant.

Dr. Walter R. Lynn
Cornell University

Walter R. Lynn became a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty in 1961 at Cornell University. He directed the Program on Science, Technology, and Society for eight years, and served as Director of Cornell's Center for Environmental Research, and Director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also served as Faculty Trustee from 1980-1985, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Research Foundation. During his term as Dean of the University Faculty, he recognized several issues that faced the faculty, including the quality of undergraduate education and the status of federal support for research, among others. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Weiss Teaching Awards recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching faculty. Dr. Lynn was named Emeritus on February 1, 1998, and has been serving as University Ombudsman for the past ten years. Dr. Lynn was part of the Academy report on the 1984 NAWQA proposal that originated the program. He has served on numerous NRC committee as a participant and chair as well as a WSTB board member and chair. Dr. Lynn received USDI Conservation Service Award in 1994 and a USGS Field Office Dedication in 1999. In 2003 Dr. Lynn became a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Debra S. Knopman
The RAND Corporation

Debra S. Knopman is vice president and director of the RAND Corporation Infrastructure, Safety and Environment (ISE) division. ISE leads RAND's policy research on homeland security, safety and justice, environment, energy, and economic development, and transportation, space and technology. Her expertise includes energy, the environment, water resources, and public administration. Dr. Knopman served from 1997 to 2003 as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, and chaired the Board's Site Characterization Panel. She was previously the director of the Center for Innovation and the Environment at the Progressive Policy Institute, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the Department of the Interior, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, and a staff member for the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She has also served on several NRC committees and was a member of the Space Studies Board.

Dr. Michael E. Campana
Oregon State University

Michael E. Campana is Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University and former Director of its Institute for Water and Watersheds. Prior to joining OSU in 2006 he held the Albert J. and Mary Jane Black Chair of Hydrogeology and directed the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico and was a research hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute and taught in the University of Nevada-Reno?s Hydrologic Sciences Program. He has supervised 68 graduate students. His research and interests include hydrophilanthropy, water resources management and policy, communications, transboundary water resources, regional hydrogeology, and surface water-groundwater interactions. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Belize and a Visiting Scientist at Research Institute for Groundwater (Egypt) and the IAEA in Vienna. Central America and the South Caucasus are the current foci of his international work. He has served on six NRC-NAS committees. Dr. Campana is founder, president, and treasurer of the Ann Campana Judge Foundation (, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that funds and undertakes projects related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) in Central America. He operates the WaterWired blog and Twitter. He earned a BS in geology from the College of William and Mary and MS and PhD degrees in hydrology from the University of Arizona.

Dr. George R. Hallberg
The Cadmus Group, Inc.

George R. Hallberg is a principal with the Cadmus Group, Inc., in Waltham, Massachusetts, conducting environmental research, regulatory analysis, and management services. Previously he was associate director and chief of environmental research at the University of Iowa?s environmental and public health laboratory and at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Hallberg was also an adjunct professor at both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. He chaired the NRC Committee on Opportunities to Improve the USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program, 2002 and was on the NRC Committee on Mine Placement of Coal Combustion Wastes, Committee Assessment of Water Resources Research, and others. He served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and on the Office of Water?s Management Advisory Group. His research interests include environmental monitoring and assessment, agricultural-environmental impacts, chemical and nutrient fate and transport, contaminant occurrence and trends in drinking water, and health effects of environmental contaminants. Dr. Hallberg received a B.A. in geology from Augustana College and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Nancy K. Kim
New York State Department of Health

Nancy K. Kim is Senior Executive for the Center for Environmental Health, New York State Department of Health. Dr. Kim is also Associate Professor, School of Public Health, State University at Albany. She was Director, Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, New York State Department of Health and Director, Division of Environmental Health Assessment (Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment and Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation), and Director of the Center for Environmental Health, New York State Department of Health. Dr. Kim's expertise is in toxicological evaluations, exposure assessments, risk assessments, structural activity correlations and quantitative relationships between toxicological parameters. Dr. Kim received her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Delaware and her M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University. She has served on 4 prior NRC committees.

Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Deborah L. Swackhamer is Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and Co-Director of the University?s Water Resources Center. She received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) and a MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Water Chemistry and Limnology & Oceanography, respectively. Dr. Swackhamer currently serves as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and on the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the US and Canada. She is appointed by Governor Pawlenty to serve on the Minnesota Clean Water Council. Dr. Swackhamer is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Environmental Science & Technology, and she chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring. She was recently named a Fellow in the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK. Dr. Swackhamer received the Harvey G. Rogers Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association in June 2007. She has served on 3 prior NRC committees.

Dr. Upmanu Lall
Columbia University

Upmanu Lall is Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. His principal areas of expertise are statistical and numerical modeling of hydrologic and climatic systems and water resource systems planning and management. Dr. Lall has over 25 years of experience as a hydrologist. He has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Air Force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Energy, and Utah and Florida state agencies. These projects have covered water quantity and quality and energy resource management, flood analysis, groundwater modeling and subsurface characterization, climate modeling and the development of statistical and mathematical modeling methods. He has been involved as a consultant with specialization in groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling covering mining operations, streamflow modeling and water balance, risk and environmental impact assessment, site hydrologic evaluation and as a reviewer and as an expert on a number of other hydrologic problems. He has also taught over 20 distinct university courses. Dr. Lall has served on 2 prior NRC committees.