Robert W. Nairn, Ph.D.
Bob holds both the David L. Boren Professorship and Sam K. Viersen Family Presidential Professorship in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, Oklahoma, USA. He is the director of the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW), Associate Director of the Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center and Adjunct Professor of Biology.
Bob grew up in the steel town of Aliquippa, along the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Environmental Science at Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) in 1989.. As an undergraduate, he completed a Science and Engineering Research Semester at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, New York) and a summer at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station (Polson, MT). After graduation, he worked as a Research Biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines Pittsburgh Research Center. In 1992, he returned to graduate school at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), where he completed his PhD in Environmental Science in 1996. His dissertation was one of the first to be performed at the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park. Since January 1997, he has been on the faculty at OU. To learn more about his teaching, research and other interests, please visit his personal homepage.