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A Brief Synopsis of My Career

I'm a research scientist and civil engineer in the UW Watershed Dynamics Research Group (WDRG). My primary research focuses include hydrologic modeling, hydrology-climate interactions, and development of gridded meteorological forcings.

In recent years I've been fortunate to work for UW Civil and Environmental Engineering (Land Surface Hydrology, and successor, Computational Hydrology), the UW Climate Impacts Group, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

In my early career as a physical oceanographer, I 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 (ACMS) helped define my career trajectory.

The following mentors/supervisors have greatly influenced my early career (in chronological order): Peter V. Hobbs, Stephen Riser, Jeff Nystuen, Alex Horner-Devine, Jessica Lundquist, Stephen Burges, Alan Hamlet, Eric Salathe, Amy Snover, Dennis Lettenmaier, and Bart Nijssen.

Career History

2015-present I started working with WDRG.

In 2014-2015 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). ULM is a combination of the Noah land surface model and the Sacramento runoff model. This work was conducted through the Climate Impacts Research Consortium.

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.

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.

During my early professional career I worked as a physical oceanographer 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 coastal shorelines) impacted by oil.

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