Medford, Mass. – The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerad Bales as its new Executive Director. He will be joining CUAHSI on January 2, 2017.
Dr. Bales comes to CUAHSI from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where he served as the Chief Scientist for Water. In this role, he was responsible for the planning and development of national basic and applied research programs related to the hydrologic environment. Dr. Bales has also been principal investigator or Co-PI on numerous water-resources investigations throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. He was chair of the U.S. National Committee for the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP), was co-chair of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the NSF Critical Zone Observatories. His research has covered a broad range of topics related primarily to surface-water processes, including small basin studies, flood studies, modeling of rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries, and research on small stream metabolism.
Dr. David Hyndman, chair of CUAHSI's Board of Directors, notes that “it is an exciting time for the organization as we transition into new leadership under Dr. Bales. We look forward to a productive new era in which CUAHSI continues to enhance the services we provide to the hydrologic sciences community.” Current CUAHSI Executive Director, Dr. Richard P. Hooper adds, “CUAHSI is in good hands with Dr. Bales who brings a wealth of experience in conducting water research and has an extensive contact network to help take CUAHSI to the next level.”
His previous roles include Acting Associate Director for the USGS Water Mission Area in Reston, Va., Director of the USGS North Carolina Water Science Center, Hydrologist and Supervisory Hydrologist in Raleigh, N.C. Concurrent with his position with the USGS, he served as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Forestry and Environmental Studies at Duke University.
Dr. Bales earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1977, a M.S. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.
Founded in 2001, the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit university consortium representing more than 100 U.S. colleges, universities, and other research institutions leading the effort to advance the understanding of the central role of water to life, Earth, and society.