Michael Campana
Michael Campana
Category Supervisor


Michael E. “Aquadoc” Campana directs the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University, where he is Professor of Geosciences. Prior to OSU he was the Albert and Mary Jane Black Professor of Hydrogeology and Director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. He worked in Nevada at the Desert Research Institute and taught in the Hydrology/Hydrogeology (now Hydrologic Sciences) Program at the University of Nevada-Reno. He received his MS (hydrology) and PhD (hydrology, math minor) degrees from the University of Arizona and his BS (geology) from the College of William and Mary.

He has served on numerous national and international committees and boards of five different professional societies. He currently is on the board of the American Water Resources Association. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Belize and Visiting Scientist at IAEA in Vienna and the Research Institute for Groundwater in Egypt. He has also worked in Central and South America, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Michael’s research has encompassed many areas: ground water modeling, regional hydrogeology, environmental isotope hydrology, aquatic ecology, economics, climate change, water resources management, etc. He has supervised over 70 graduate students at three schools.

He is the founder, President, and Treasurer of the Ann Campana Judge Foundation , a nonprofit organization that funds and undertakes water and sanitation projects in Central America.

Michael joined WaterSISWEB in December 2008 to serve the water community by supervising the Hydrogeology category of WaterSISWEB. Michael’s been a keen observer of Western USA and other water issues for over 35 years. He runs the WaterWired blog and is a certified 24/7 WaterWonk. When he’s not thinking of water, he travels, reads, cycles, or prepares for his retirement.