California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
California Institute for Water Resources
University of California
California Institute for Water Resources


Doug Parker, Ph.D., Director, California Institute for Water Resources 

Doug Parker is the Director of the California Institute for Water Resources. He coordinates water-related research, extension, and education efforts across the 10 UC campuses, the UC ANR system, and other academic institutions within California.

Doug works with federal, state, and local agencies to guide academic expertise toward finding solutions to California’s water challenges. He brings together local, state, and federal stakeholders to identify issues and sources of political and financial support for water-related research. To improve the understanding of water issues, Doug serves as a key spokesperson on California water issues, working with federal, state, regional, nonprofit, and campus stakeholders on advocacy and outreach programs.

Prior to joining the University of California, Doug worked on water quality issues related to the Chesapeake Bay as an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. He has also worked on issues related to California water as an Extension Economist at UC Berkeley. Doug obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Phone: 510.987.0036
Fax: 510.832.8612
Email: doug.parker (at)


Faith Kearns, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator, California Institute for Water Resources

Faith Kearns is a scientist and science communication specialist with the Institute. She writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. Her work has been published at New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. Her book Getting to the Heart of Science Communication was recently released by Island Press. She hosts the Water Talk podcast with Mallika Nocco and Sam Sandoval.

Faith previously developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, and bridged science and policy advocacy efforts at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, and political science from Northern Arizona University and doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Email: faith.kearns (at)
Twitter: @frkearns


Samuel Sandoval Solis, Ph.D., Water Resources Collaborator, California Institute of Water Resources

Samuel Sandoval is a professor and extension specialist in water resources at UC Davis – UC ANR, and a collaborator with the Institute. He is a scientist interested in improving water resources management for human and environmental needs in California, considering the economic, environmental, and social justice aspects. He works with a wide range of people, from farmworkers delivering training on how to prevent contamination of water due to pesticides applications (in English and Spanish), to water resources managers and decision makers developing basic research to determine environmental flows. He is the co-host of the Water Talk Podcast with Mallika Nocco and Faith Kearns, and the founding member of the Water Management Lab.

Before joining UC Davis, he studied the water allocation between the United States and Mexico in the Rio Grande basin, he is co-leading the Permanent Forum of Binational Waters, a network of scientist interested in the shared waters between both nations. Samuel earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and master of science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, and doctoral degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from at the University of Texas at Austin.

Phone: 530.750.9722
Email: samsandoval (at)
Native Language: Español


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