CEREO Co-Directors

Julie Padowski

Julie Padowski has been working with CEREO since 2014 helping build out the Center’s interdisciplinary environmental research, education and outreach activities at Washington State University.  As faculty within the the School of the Environment, Padowski’s research has been aimed at identifying and quantifying drinking water vulnerability from the local to the global scale.  Her work spans topics from wildfire impacts on water utility operations, to global assessments of urban water needs and risks.

As Co-Director, Padowski works to identify cutting-edge research opportunities for CEREO affiliates and build strong, collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams.  In addition, Padowski is the University representative for the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and is a faculty mentor for the transdisciplinary WSU Rivers, Watersheds and Communities graduate training program.

Padowski earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University with the Woods Institute for the Environment. As a doctoral student, she was a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellow in a program focused on the adaptive management of water, wetlands, and watersheds.

Julie Padowski, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach
Research Associate Professor, School of the Environment
(509) 335-8539


Jan Boll

Boll’s research interests include water resources, watershed hydrology, water quality, hydrologic modeling, integrated water resources management, and vadose zone hydrology. He has extensive experience working and managing interdisciplinary teams.

Boll’s goals as Co-Director include building on the existing, strong interdisciplinary faculty network connected to CEREO, and creating opportunities for cross-campus funded projects, organizing workshops, creating a community of science, and fostering connections with communities across Washington State and beyond.

“The support and potential for cross-campus collaboration at WSU is really strong. I enjoy working with Co-Director Julie Padowski and connecting to CEREO faculty and staff to work on environmental problems.” Boll says.

Boll holds a Ph.D. from Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University (1995), a M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho (1988), a M.S. and B.S. in land use planning from Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands (1988, 1985).

Jan Boll, Ph.D., P.E.
Co-Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(509) 335-4767