Richard Cruse is a professor in the Agronomy Department at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center. He served as the President of the National Institutes for Water Resources from 2015 – 2016. Dr. Cruse’s research focuses on quantifying water-driven soil erosion rates as affected by rainfall, soil type, soil slope and management. He is a co-leader of the Daily Erosion Project, a project estimating soil erosion losses across sections of multiple Midwestern States.
Selected career highlights include being an author or co-author of 108 peer reviewed publications, 15 book chapters, giving 29 invited international presentations, and 8 keynote presentations. Since 2010 he has served as Principle Investigator on grants totaling $2,103,377 and as co-Principal Investigator on grants totaling $20,875,350. He received his BS from Iowa State University and his MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota.