BIO | RESEARCH | Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

I'm a research scientist and civil engineer focused on interactions between hydrology and climate. I work for the UW Climate Impacts Group.

For more info about me, please visit the links above or scroll down to my career synopsis.

My dawg (1 of 2) and me on Little Si.

This map shows rivers in the western region of N. America and the extent (orange box) of the PNW WRF model domain. The black dots represent one tenth of the model resolution (~1/8 degree or ~15 km).

A Brief Synopsis of My Career

In 2012-2013 my primary focus is 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 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. To attain the "E." in M.S.E. I took core engineering classes and executed a capstone project focused on mitigating stormwater runoff in the Whidbey Island town of Coupville, WA.