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The U.S. Geological Survey has named Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger as the new Center Director of the USGS California Water Science Center (CAWSC).

Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger
Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger - Center Director

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Mueller-Solger served as the center’s Associate Director for Projects since 2014. She takes over center leadership from Interim Director Ethan Weikel who is the Deputy Center Director Northeast Region of the USGS Maryland-Delaware-D.C Water Science Center.

Dr. Mueller-Solger brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. "I am certain that Anke will lead the CAWSC to new heights,” said Eric Reichard, USGS Southwest Region Director. Previously Dr. Mueller-Solger has led a team of 200 scientists who conducted cutting-edge research and monitoring on diverse water science topics, providing science products and data for partners throughout California.

Dr. Mueller-Solger previously worked for the California Delta Stewardship Council as the first Lead Scientist for the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Estuary. Dr. Mueller-Solger also held scientific positions with the California Department of Water Resources and at UC Davis. She grew up in Germany and has lived in California since 1990. Her research on water resources and aquatic ecology has provided scientific information for management of critical water resources in California. Dr. Mueller-Solger received her PhD in ecology from University of California in 1998; a Diplom (master’s) degree in biology from University of Göttingen, Germany in 1994 and a Vordiplom (bachelor’s) degree in biology from University of Göttingen, Germany in 1998. She brings nearly four decades of experience to her new role. “I am really excited to work with all of you in this new role and eager to lead the CAWSC to new heights,” said Dr. Mueller-Solger.

The USGS California Water Science Center provides scientific information about surface and groundwater, water quality, and water use to citizens and to local, state, Tribal, and federal cooperators to wisely manage water resources for the people of the United States and the State of California. The CAWSC has thirteen locations in California including San Diego, Bakersfield, Eureka, Poway, Redding, Redlands, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Truckee, Ukiah, three offices in Sacramento; and one in Las Vegas, NV. 

USGS provides science for a changing world. To learn more, read Dr. Mueller-Solger's profile on the CAWSC website.

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