Sustainable Water Management Scientific Program Director
Dr. Kathy Boomer joined FFAR as a Scientific Program Director in July2019. Sheis responsible for developing programs in sustainable water management.Dr. Boomer has extensive experience in landscape modeling and watershed research and a passion for advancing science-based decision-making in resource management.
Before joining FFAR,Dr. Boomer served as Lead Watershed Scientist for the Nature Conservancy’s Chesapeake Bay Project. She led numerous research partnerships to engage stakeholders and advance targeted agricultural and urban conservation practices. Dr. Boomer also worked overseas in China as a monitoring consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as a Geospatial Ecologist where she investigated ecosystems services provided by a range of terrestrial, wetland, and coastal habitats. She continues to serve on the Executive Board of the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific Technical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Boomer received her B.S. in Natural Resources, her M.S. in Wetland Ecology, and her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry all from Cornell University.