Biological systems engineering professor Anita Thompson has been named the Nelson Institute Professor of Water Resources.
Thompson joined the biological systems engineering department in 2002. She studies hydrologic and water quality impacts of land use and performance of stormwater management practices in urban and agricultural watersheds. In 2015, she was named chair of the Nelson Institute’s Water Resources Management program.
The Nelson Institute Professorship in Water Resources was established by John and Linda Nelson and supported generously by Sal and Judy Troia, Jeff Rudd and Jeanne Bissell, and several Water Resources Management (WRM) alumni. It was founded to guarantee the continued success and expansion of the Nelson Institute’s WRM program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. It will also provide dedicated, endowed faculty salary support and discretionary funds to advance research, problem-solving and stakeholder engagement on issues related to lakes, watersheds, groundwater and streams.