Dr. Mike Langston

Acting Director

US Geological Survey

Responsibilities at SC CSC:

Dr. Langston currently serves as the Acting Director of the SC CSC. His work is largely administrative and includes helping to set strategic direction for the SC CSC, conducting an annual grants competition to award research funding, and building relationships with people across agency and organizational boundaries. ​


Dr. Langston’s career has spanned the natural and social sciences. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Central Florida, and a Doctorate in Environmental Science (emphasis in water policy) also from OSU. He served as the Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute from 2004 until 2014. Prior to that, he worked for 14 years with an environmental research and consulting firm in Florida where most of his research focused on treating wastewater using wetlands, wetland’s ecology, and the ecology of threatened or endangered species. Since returning to Oklahoma in 2000, his research interests and experience have included developing protocols for involving stakeholders in watershed management decisions, water policy development, and the nexus of water and energy development.