Erik Porse named director of California Institute for Water Resources

Jan 11, 2023

UC ANR is excited to welcome Erik Porse as the director of the California Institute for Water Resources today (Jan. 11).

Porse has built an outstanding career in water as a research engineer with the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento and an assistant adjunct professor with UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. His research focuses on urban and water resources management. He specializes in bringing together interdisciplinary teams to investigate complex environmental management questions.

Porse earned a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (water resources) from UC Davis and a master's degree in public policy (science and technology) from George Mason University. His professional experience includes international work and teaching in Mexico, Europe, Japan and East Africa. He has authored over 50 reports and peer-reviewed articles.

UC ANR is fortunate to have a director with broad professional experience in science and policy at the United Nations, the U.S. government, private sector firms and research laboratories. Erik's recent research with scientists and projects has addressed state and federal goals for safe drinking water, efficient urban water use, sustainable groundwater management, water reuse, beneficial uses of stormwater, and environmental finance.

The CIWR is the California hub of the national network of water research institutes supported by the federal Water Resources Research Act of 1964 and provides and communicates solutions to complex water issues and will serve a critical role to support applied water research that tackles large problems with systems approaches, including groundwater recharge, water rights, irrigation management, water finance and drinking water access. The CIWR works with scientists throughout California as well as through the national network to bring defensible solutions and alternatives to California's water management community.

Water is a necessity of life and water management is essential for California's economy and prosperity. Porse's leadership with multidisciplinary research teams, water policy research, and integrated systems modeling will serve the CIWR and ANR for years to come.

Porse will be located at UC ANR's 2nd Street Building in Davis. Please join me in welcoming Erik to UC ANR.

Deanne Meyer
Interim Associate Vice President for Programs and Strategic Initiatives

By Pamela Kan-Rice
Author - Assistant Director, News and Information Outreach