FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Robert W. Puls, a nationally noted environmental scientist with ties to Oklahoma, has been appointed as the first director of the newly established Oklahoma Water Survey.
“Dr. Puls is the best possible choice to launch the vitally important new Oklahoma Water Survey,” said OU President David L. Boren. “He is a top national expert who also has experience in our state.”
“We are delighted that Dr. Robert Puls has accepted this important position,” said Paul Risser, chair of OU’s Research Cabinet. “He brings more than two decades of experience as a nationally recognized hydrologist with broad experience in the south central region.”
Puls served as a senior environmental scientist and technical program manager for the Environmental Protection Agency at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada for almost 25 years. He has written 200 publications on groundwater remediation, groundwater sampling, and contaminant transport and fate processes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in soil science and natural resources from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree from the University of Washington, and a doctoral degree in soil and water science from the University of Arizona.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Puls join OU in this important capacity,” said Berrien Moore, dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. “He understands the scientific, economic and policy complexities that surround water and the fundamental importance of making information available in a transparent and open manner.”
In January 2011, the OU Regents established the Oklahoma Water Survey in recognition of the importance of water in Oklahoma and around the world. The Oklahoma Water Survey was designated to serve as the catalyst for OU’s expertise in water education, research and outreach. The Oklahoma Water Survey will work with federal, state and tribal governments, organizations, businesses, communities and the public who have interests in Oklahoma’s water resources. It will collaborate with the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute at Oklahoma State University and with the four natural resource state surveys (Archeological, Biological, Climatological and Geological) located at OU.