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People of the WRC


Jonathan YoderJonathan Yoder is the Director of the State of Washington Water Research Center and a Professor of Economics in the WSU School of Economic Sciences. His research specializations include natural resource and environmental economics, focusing on policy design and impact analysis, law, and contracts.  Yoder joined the Water Research Center in 2014, but has been involved in water-related economic research for over 15 years. He has contributed to research on water pricing, economic analysis of water law, water markets, economic aspects of large environmental systems modeling efforts, benefit-cost analysis of water projects and water recreation, water quality impacts of livestock waste, and more.

Jenny AdamsJennifer Adam is Associate Director of the WRC and WRC Research Program Coordinator.  Dr. Adam is an  Associate Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources in the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the connections between hydrology, climate, land use, and ecological processes at watershed to continental scales.  Adam joined the Water Research Center as Associate Director in 2014, but has been involved in center research since 2009. She is currently leading the development of a computer modeling framework, “BioEarth,” that engages faculty and students in atmospheric sciences, biological systems, communications, computer sciences, earth and environmental sciences, and economics. Adam applies the BioEarth models over the Columbia River Basin to inform sustainable management of our natural resources.

Jenny Adam
Associate Director
(509) 335-7751

linkedin Julie Padowski is a Clinical Assistant Professor and WRC Academic Program Coordinator. Dr. Padowski’s research has been aimed at identifying and quantifying urban water vulnerability both at the national and global scale. Her research interests center on interdisciplinary water resource issues, particularly with respect to balancing urban water management with environmental sustainability.  Dr. Padowski earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University with the Woods Institute for the Environment. As a doctoral student, she was a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow in a program focused on the adaptive management of water, wetlands and watersheds.

Julie Padowski
Clinical Assistant Professor
(509) 335-8539

Nigel Pickering is the WRC Outreach Program Coordinator.  Dr. Pickering is a Research Associate Professor, and  Water Resources Specialist with more than 25 years of scientific and engineering experience in water resources management. Prior to joining the WRC, he worked in Massachusetts at Horsley Witten Group (HW) and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) as a Senior Water Resources Engineer focusing on water resources planning, water quality modeling, climate resilience to fresh-water flooding, and stormwater assessment and design. Prior to that he worked in Florida at University of Florida (UF) and Soil and Water Engineering Technology (SWET) focusing on modeling crop response to climate change and water quality. Dr. Pickering has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida.

Nigel B. Pickering
Research Associate Professor
(509) 335-8624

IMG_1804Jacqueline McCabe is the Principal Assistant for both (SWWRC) State of Washington Water Research Center and (CEREO) Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach.  Jacqueline earned her Business Management and information Systems degrees at WSU. Jacqueline and her husband Jon, have owned a local delicatessen restaurant and catering business in downtown Pullman since 2001.

Jacqueline McCabe
Principal Assistant
(509) 335-5531

Katrina Shelton is the Grant and Contract Coordinator.photo_not_available-1

Katrina Shelton
Grant & Contract Coordinator
(509) 335-1212

Science Advisory Committee


Lisa L. Ely, Central Washington University

B.S. in Geology and Biology from Principia College in Illinois; and M.S. and Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona (1992). From 1992-94 she was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow in the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.


harsh1James B. Harsh, Washington State University

Ph.D. Soil Science, University of California, 1983
M.S. Soil Science, University of California, 1980
B.S. Conservation of Natural Resources, University of California, 1974



Chad Kruger, Washington State University

B.A. in Philosophy and History (1997) and an Academic Certificate in Ecointensive Agriculture Technologies (1998) from Northwest College in Kirkland
M.S. (2003) in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Au Sable Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin


Robert J. Mitchell, Western Washington University

Ph.D. – Michigan Tech University (Environmental Engineering)
M.S. – University of Minnesota (Physics) and Michigan Tech (Geophysics)
B.S. – University of Wisconsin, River Falls (Geology)



Rick Roeder, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Rick Roeder, assistant division manager at DNR, is responsible for the agency’s agriculture and water holdings across the state. He earlier served at the Washington State Department of Ecology.




johnstarkJohn Stark, Washington State University

B.S. Forest Biology, 1978, Syracuse University
B.S. Biology, 1978, S.U.N.Y. Environmental Science and Forestry School, Syracuse, New York
M.S. Entomology, 1981, Louisiana State University
Ph.D. Entomology/Pesticide Toxicology, 1987, University of Hawaii



marcusflurryMarkus Flury

M.S. University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1989
Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, 1993





kent_kellerC. Kent Keller

Stanford University Geology (distinction) BS 1977,
University of Waterloo Earth Science MS 1985,
University of Waterloo Earth Science PhD 1987.




Robert C. Simmons


1991 Master of Science in Water Resources Management, University of Rhode Island
1985 Bachelor of Science in Geomechanical Engineering, University of Rochester



 Richard Dinicola, USGS/Tacoma







    Craig L. Riley, Washington State Department of Health