New Water Resources Center director named

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

petersonJeffrey Peterson, a professor at Kansas State University, has accepted the position of director of the Water Resources Center, beginning in late August. In that role he'll guide the interdisciplinary center, encourage and strengthen the links among University water resources research and extension, and strengthen graduate education and training in water resources science. 

The center, a partnership between CFANS and University of Minnesota Extension, works to improve and protect the quality and value of water resources for Minnesota's citizens and businesses. The mission of the WRC is to integrate interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach to increase knowledge and improve the quality and value of water resources in Minnesota by leveraging resources and expertise on global environmental issues that have regional significance. More than 100 faculty are engaged in water related science, policy or economic research at the intersection of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and wildlife management and water resource management. The WRC is one of 54 water resources research institutes established by Congress in 1964 by the Water Resources Research Act.

Peterson also will have a faculty appointment in the department of applied economics. He began his faculty career in the department of agricultural economics at Kansas State University moving through a tenure and promotion process to full professor in 2013. He also spent a year as visiting faculty at Oregon State University. His research emphasizes the interaction between agriculture and natural resources, particularly with water use and water policy in the Great Plains. He has received awards and recognition for his scholarly contributions and for teaching and advising students. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.