BIO | RESEARCH | Land Surface Hydrology

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A Brief Synopsis of My Career

I'm a research scientist and civil engineer in the UW Land Surface Hydrology Research Group. My general focus is on interactions between hydrology and climate.

In recent years I've been fortunate to work through and with UW Civil and Environmental Engineering, the UW Climate Impacts Group, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Climate Impacts Research Consortium.

In my early career, I was a physical oceanographer and greatly benefited from experiences within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The UW School of Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences Cloud and Aersol Research Group (CARG), Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), and Applied Math played a huge role in launching me from square one.

For keeping the wind in my sails from the beginning to now, I owe a debt of gratitude to these academic mentors: Peter V. Hobbs, Stephen Riser, Jeff Nystuen, Jessica Lundquist, Stephen Burges, Alan Hamlet, Eric Salathe, Bart Nijssen, Dennis Lettenmaier, and, numerous folk from NOAA and USACE. And, it goes with out saying (but it should be said), there wouldn't be a ship if it weren't for the fam and friends.

A Brief Synopsis of My Career

In 2014 I moved into the Land Surface Hydrology Research Group (UW CEE) and my focus turned to the Integrated Scenarios Project and hydrologic simulation using MACA downscaled CMIP5 climate scenario forcings, the Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC), and the Unified Land Model (ULM is a combination of the Noah land surface model and the Sacramento runoff model).

In 2012-2013 my primary focus was on modeling low streamflows in Skagit River lowland subasins under future climate scenarios using DHSVM. Smaller projects I've worked on during this time frame include: assisting UW DEOHS exposure scientists in studying the connection between extreme heat events and mortality; producing gridded meteorology and VIC soil files in support of forestry research in the Rio Grande basin; and, intercomparison of U.S. and Canadian downscaling and hydrologic modeling in the upper Columbia River basin.

From 2011-2013 I worked for UW CEE and professor Alan Hamlet. Much of my work supported the Climate Impacts Group mission and was conducted in collaboration with professor Eric Salathe. A large portion of my efforts were focused on conditioning PNW hydrologic model forcings, from WRF atmospheric simulations (downscaling and bias correction thereof) and producing gridded historical meteorology for the western United States.

During my early professional career I worked in the field of physical oceanography for NOAA. In the first 2/5 of my time with NOAA I characterized and measured tides and currents for NOAA CO-OPS. Later on I worked for NOAA Response and Restoration modeling Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), oil spills, and creating distributed electronic tools for characterizing environments (primarily shorelines) impacted by oil.

In 2008 I decided to pursue a Master of Science and Engineering (M.S.E.) in civil engineering focused on water resources, hydrology, and hydrodynamics. While pursuing my Master's I worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District where I assisted field studies (sediment transport on the Green River and levees in the Chehalis/Centralia portion of the I-5 corridor), operated western Washington dam projects, assisted in the study of Atmospheric Rivers, began studying local inflows to Lake Washington, and collaborated with Portland District/NW Division/CIG in analyzing future PNW climate scenarios.

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