Richard Cruse is a professor in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center where he has research, teaching, administration and Extension responsibilities. Cruse served as President for the National Institutes for Water Resources from 2015 – 2016.
His program involves field and modeling research in soil erosion, soil management, and soil physical properties while he maintains cooperative research projects with the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. These cooperative projects address the soil erosion and soil management effects on soil physical properties. He also teaches Advanced Soil Management in the Iowa State University Agronomy Graduate program; meets with diverse audiences to address soil management, soil erosion, and water quality issues; and administers the Iowa Water Center, one of the nation’s Water Resources Water Resource Units.
Ph.D. Soil Physics, University of Minnesota, 1978
M.S. Soils, University of Minnesota, 1975
B.S. Agronomy, Iowa State University, 1972