- Analytical Facilities
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- >> Information For <<
Courtesy - US Department of Agriculture, University of British Columbia
I am a mid-career scientist, manager, and communicator with over two decades of diverse professional experience spanning the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. Examples range from field research on mountain glaciers near the Alaska-Yukon border and groundwater exploration in south-central Mexico, to leading an applied R&D team in the Canadian federal government and starting my own data science consulting firm here in the US.
My interests are broad but currently focus mainly on advancing data science applications to analysis and forecasting problems in environmental science and hydrometeorology. Originally trained as a geophysicist with a solid grounding in both digital signal processing and bottom-up process physics, my attention quickly turned from gold and oil exploration to analysis and modeling of complex systems in hydrology, cryospheric science, and climate, and subsequently to data analytics and machine learning in general, which I have been working with for close to two decades. I am particularly intrigued by the integration of both underlying process physics and experiential human expert knowledge into data-driven quantitative analysis and prediction algorithms, particularly AI, and my work emphasizes bridging the gap between theory and practice. Most of my projects involve building and managing multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and frequently international teams.
The work that my teams and I have completed has been extensively vetted in the peer-reviewed research literature and at conferences and workshops across North America and Europe. I have also routinely performed high-profile, senior-level advisory activities, such as serving as an associate editor for several journals including Water Resources Research, on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology, and as an invited expert reviewer of several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, in addition to contributing objective science-based guidance to policy formation, evaluating draft legislation, and performing environmental impact assessments.
Public outreach and engagement on science is also a particular point of interest for me. My popular science book, Where the River Runs: Scientific Reflections on Earth's Waterways, was published in spring 2017 by Princeton University Press (PUP) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10978.html) and has received positive coverage in Nature, Science News, and The Toronto Metro, among others. I've also given public lectures and book signings at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and at Science Pub events in Corvallis (OSU), Bend (OSU-Cascades), and Portland (OMSI), a live prime-time national TV news interview, and a live radio interview with an NPR affiliate. My writing has additionally appeared on the PUP blog and in Scientific American and Wired.
My primary professional role is to serve as the technical lead for applied R&D at the US Department of Agriculture's National Water and Climate Center in Portland, Oregon, where I am responsible for providing management, vision, and multi-agency relationship-building and gap-bridging to practical research and development efforts around environmental prediction and other operational water and climate tasks across the American West. Topic areas span seasonal water supply forecasting, space-based and airborne remote sensing of snow and other environmental parameters, transitioning machine learning into NRCS operations through pragmatic technical innovation and extensive client consultation, obtaining a better understanding of the details of climate variability and change impacts to Western water, and others. In my additional role as affiliate OSU faculty in CEOAS, and also in the Water Resources Graduate Program (WRGP), my function is to serve on the supervisory committees of graduate students, collaborate with OSU faculty on applied research, and provide practical industry perspectives to university research. I serve a similar function at the University of British Columbia.
B.Sc., Geophysics, University of British Columbia, 1994
M.S., Geophysics, Oregon State University, 1997
M.S., Geology (major), Civil Engineering (minor), Oregon State University, 1998
Ph.D., Geophysics, University of British Columbia, 2004
R&D Technical Lead, National Water and Climate Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture, Portland OR
Courtesy Professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
OSU email: email@example.com