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Laura Lautz

Laura Lautz portrait
(703) 292-7775
E 8481
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Confronting Hazards, Impacts and Risks for a Resilient Planet (CHIRRP)
Hydrologic Sciences (HS)
Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI)
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs)


Laura Lautz is a Program Director in the Hydrologic Sciences Program, which is within the Directorate of Geosciences’ Division of Earth Science at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She also serves as a Program Director for interdisciplinary, cross-Directorate programs, including the Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES), Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI), and Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RN) programs. Her research addresses how hydrologic processes influence water quality and movement through watersheds, with particular emphasis on how water and solutes move through paired surface and groundwater systems. Prior to joining NSF, she was the Jessie Page Heroy Professor and Department Chair of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University, where she served as PI on one of the inaugural NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) awards. Lautz has received the Chancellor's Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction from Syracuse University, a CAREER award from the NSF, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.