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Alan Kolok Appointed to Lead Idaho Water Resources Research Institute

July 10, 2017

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce that Alan S. Kolok has been appointed director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) effective Sept. 1.

Kolok will build on the half-century of work at IWRRI that has addressed topics such as water supply, water quality and management to help transform the organization into a nationally recognized research institute focused on integrated water-based human and biophysical systems. The interdisciplinary position will also build on UI’s capacity to provide quality scientific research, modeling and outreach.

IWRRI programs and activities under Kolok will work to create solutions to the water challenges facing Idaho and the world. He will develop programs aimed at outreach to K-12 students, along with initiatives to collaborate with regional Native American tribes and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies on water-related research and proposals.

“Alan brings a wealth of research expertise and administrative knowledge to the University of Idaho and to the water resources and water users of the Northwest,” said Janet Nelson, vice president of research and economic development. “I am confident his leadership will be instrumental to advancing the dynamic impact IWRRI has on the region and to moving the institute into national prominence.”

His position will also support the world-class Lake Social Ecological Systems laboratory (LaSES) at UI Coeur d’Alene. This LaSES lab is designed to conduct research into lake systems and how they affect — and are affected by the human communities around them.

Kolok comes to UI from the University of Nebraska, where he is director of the Nebraska Watershed Network at Nebraska-Omaha and the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology at the Nebraska Medical Center.  He is also a faculty fellow at the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Rural Futures Institute. He has more than 30 years of academic and professional experience and has published widely in the fields of aquatic toxicology, water and public health, and fish physiology and biochemistry. He holds a doctorate in environmental, population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a master’s degree in fisheries and oceanic sciences from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University in Ohio.

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at uidaho.edu