Shirley "Kurc" Papuga




Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Volunteer experience includes AGU service as chair, Ecohydrology Technical Committee (2017-2020); associate editor, Water Resources Research (2016-present); member, editor in chief search committee Water Resources Research (2020); member, Hydrology Langbein Lecture Committee (2017-2018); reviewer, multiple AGU journals (2013 outstanding reviewer award); judge, Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPA) at multiple Fall Meetings; co-convener, multiple Fall Meeting sessions


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s new strategic plan including its mission and vision?

I am honored to be nominated for secretary of the Hydrology section. For over 20 years, I have been an active member of AGU, growing with the community from a graduate student to a woman leader in an exciting and dynamic interdisciplinary field. Participating in AGU has had an incalculable influence on my career trajectory. Serving as Hydrology section secretary would give me the opportunity to pay forward key insights gained along the way with our elected leaders as we work together in implementing AGU’s new strategic plan.

The Hydrology section is home to more than 7,000 AGU members taking on many of society’s most pressing complex challenges. Our successes have largely resulted from maintaining strength in our core disciplines while embracing an interdisciplinary culture. We have made strides in diversifying our section, strengthening our ability to identify and meaningfully tackle real-world problems. We still have work to do. I am committed to engaging with our leadership to grow our section through increased inclusivity and perspective at all stages of the career spectrum. I sense that we are at a particularly energized point in time with our student and early-career demographic, and I hope to help our section align with that energy through increased integration and involvement at the Fall Meeting and in leadership opportunities. Especially now, I would like to help our section lead the way in discovering and embracing new and innovative technologies in our research endeavors and in communicating the value of our research outcomes.

Section affiliations:

Biogeosciences; Earth and Planetary Surface Processes; Hydrology