Dr. Elizabeth W. Boyer, associate professor of water resources at the Pennsylvania State University, is the director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center and assistant director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Boyer came to Penn State in January 2009 from U.C. Berkeley, where she was a tenured associate professor, and had previously served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Her prior experience also includes appointments with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program in water resources. She has a B.S. in Geography from Penn State and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Boyer’s research explores hydrological and ecological processes that affect water quality and quantity. She is interested in how human activities and environmental variability influence conditions and trends in streams, rivers, and estuaries. She has published extensively on the impacts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon on watersheds throughout the U.S. and in Latin America. Such studies provide a scientific basis for design and implementation of land management programs and policies to mitigate the effects of pollution, and to protect, conserve, and restore surface waters.