“Identify practices that benefit producers while improving natural resources management.”
Dr. Michele L. Reba is a research hydrologist, lead scientist, and acting research leader at the USDA-ARS Delta Water Management Research Unit (DWMRU)-located on campus at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. The mission of the unit is to execute research related to agricultural water resources management at the plot, field, farm and watershed scales to further our knowledge base, evaluate technological solutions and inform crop production practices.
Dr. Reba earned her BS in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, MS in forest hydrology and civil engineering at Oregon State University, and PhD in civil engineering at the University of Idaho. Dr. Reba is an adjunct professor in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology at Arkansas State University and Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of Arkansas. Dr. Reba has studied water resources issues in the western United States, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Antarctica.
Dr. Reba has established strong collaboration with regional producers, several of whom received the first ever payment for carbon credits for rice production practices in the world. Invitations to serve on advisory panels include the US Sustainable Rice Platform Steering Committee, Technical Advisory Committee to the National Cotton Council, and Field to Market GHG emissions calculations for rice. Her stature in edge-of-field research led to an invitation to address the National Academy of Sciences and the establishment of two new NRCS-CEAP watersheds that Dr. Reba leads.