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James P. Dobrowolski

National Program Leader

Dr. James P. Dobrowolski is National Program Leader for Water and Natural Resources with the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Institute (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and the Environment, Environmental Systems Division. Jim leads the agency in developing a systems approach to water availability from working, rural, and urbanizing lands. He leads or co-leads several USDA-NIFA programs, including the Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE); AFRI Water Quantity and Quality, Nanotechnology, and the USDA-NIFA/National Science Foundation’s Signals in the Soil (SitS) programs. Jim provides leadership across the US Government as the NIFA representative to EPA’s Interagency Working Group for Water Reuse, Joint CENRS Sub-committee on Environment, Innovation, and Public Health, Global Research Alliance, DOE’s Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability (NEWS) RD&D, USDA’s Global Water Working Group, and other federal water and land management teams across government.

Prior to USDA, Dobrowolski was a tenured teaching/research professor for 16 years in watershed science at Utah State University, Logan, and the State of Washington Watershed Extension Specialist and tenured extension/research professor for seven years at Washington State University, Pullman. Dobrowolski received his PhD in Hydrology and Watershed Management from Texas A&M University, Master of Science in Arid Land Ecology from Washington State University, and Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis.


Water Quantity and Quality

Watershed Management


York, PA
Phone Number
(202) 420-8918

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