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Brief Biography:

Dr. Laura Lautz is a Program Director in the Hydrologic Sciences Program in the Directorate of Geosciences’ Earth Science Division at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her research addresses how hydrologic processes influence water quality and movement through watersheds, with particular emphasis on how water and solutes move through paired surface and groundwater systems, heat tracing, and the nexus of water and energy systems. She works on interdisciplinary research projects, within which she uses field experiments coupled with computer modeling. Prior to her arrival at NSF, she was the Jessie Page Heroy Professor and Department Chair of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. 


Ph.D., 2005           Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

M.Ed., 1999            Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

B.S., 1998               Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences, Lafayette College, Easton, PA


2019 – present      Program Director, Hydrologic Sciences, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

2017 – 2019           Jessie Page Heroy Professor & Department Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University,

                                   Syracuse, NY

2012 – 2017          Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2008 – 2012         Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2005 – 2008        Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, State University of

                                  New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY


Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction, Syracuse University, 2019

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2018

SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow (SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems), 2016-2019

Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University, 2013

NSF CAREER Grant, 2008



Leadership Skills for Success in the Scientific Workforce, Earth Science Women’s Network, Boulder, Colorado, October 2018

Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments, American Geophysical Union, New Orleans (December 2017) and Washington, DC (December 2018)

Hearts of GOLD NSF-sponsored workshop to help leaders in geosciences become champions for diversity, Colorado Springs, July 2017

Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2016

Faculty Leadership and Professional Development Program, Cornell University, January 2016

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
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