PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University geologist Richelle Allen-King’s appointment as the 2003 Darcy Lecturer for the National Groundwater Association is taking her to institutions around the globe.

During her visits, she will talk about one of two specific topics: pollutant discharge from agricultural settings into streams and groundwater, or subsurface geologic controls on groundwater pollutant transport.

This week Allen-King is lecturing at universities in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. She just completed a week of lectures at Central Washington University and in the South Central United States and will be touring abroad in the summer.

“This is a significant honor, and brings significant prestige to the institution,” said James Petersen, WSU’s interim vice provost for research. “Dr. Allen-King will give lectures at as many as 50 institutions in the United States and abroad. As such, I would offer that this selection is truly exemplary of the world-class faculty we have at WSU.”

At WSU Allen-King is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and program director of Groundwater Systems at the State of Washington Water Research Center. Allen-King earned a doctorate from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 1991. Her bachelor’s degree is in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

She has served on committees for the National Research Council and presently serves as a member of the Council’s Water Science and Technology Board. She also serves as an associate editor for the journals Ground Water and Water Resources Research. On the state level, she serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Washington Department of Ecology.