John S. Selker




Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

Founding member of team proposing the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI) and CUAHSI Board of Directors for 10 years; founding director of the Oregon State University (OSU) Water Resources Graduate Program (2004); AGU Horton Award Committee 2000-2002; associate editor: Advances in Water Resources (2000-2012), Soil Science Society of America (1997-2000), Agricoltura Technica (1998-2020), Water Resources Research (WRR) (2000-2009); editor WRR 2009-2013; AGU Publications Committee 2013-2014.


Council members play critical roles as communication conduits among AGU members and leaders. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s new strategic plan? How might you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

The Hydrology section community-wide newsletter is the backbone for sharing our news, but we need bidirectional conversations so that section leadership reflects current membership views and concerns. I would like to serve as the conduit from the community based on topical called conversations with the community. I imagine quarterly 90-minute open-invitation Zoom calls addressing issues such as enhancing diversity in AGU, developing community mentoring for students, strategic opportunities for Chapman Conferences, building bridges to adjacent sections (including Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, Natural Hazards, Biogeosciences). I wonder about, and would like the community to address, these queries: Are we igniting the passion of discovery in our community? Are we spending as much time building the newest in our community as we are patting the most accomplished of us on the back? Are our journals and publications providing the most potent venues for our results? Are there adjustments AGU needs to make to stay absolutely connected to the community rather than becoming an independent agent? I am committed to transparent, candid and honest communication: When required, I speak truth to power and expect to continue this tradition in my relationship to the Council. As president of the section I will facilitate the conversations that provide timely, impactful and weighty input to the larger AGU. I am excited to help give voice to the hydrological community. I will seek opportunities for the Hydrology section and AGU to continue nurturing the joy of discovery and sharing in members of all ages and from all continents.

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