Aditi Bhaskar (Colorado State University)
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. My research focuses on interactions between groundwater, streams, storm water, and landscape irrigation in urbanizing areas using a combination of hydrologic data collection, analysis, and modeling. Current funding sources for this research include USDA, NSF, DOT, and the Colorado Water Center. I received my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At UMBC, I was a graduate trainee of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee-ship (IGERT) in "Water in the Urban Environment" and worked with Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER. Later, I was an NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, which took me to the Eastern Geographic Science Center at the USGS in Reston, Virginia, before joining CSU. From 2015 to 2017, I was a co-convener for the "Water, Energy, and Society in Urban Systems" session in the Hydrology Section at the AGU Fall Meeting.
CUAHSI's Strategic Plan outlines goals to promote discovery in the water sciences; facilitate the integration of hydrologic science research into educational and community-building activities; CUAHSI partners and funding sources; and increase the visibility of CUAHSI in the water community. As a CUAHSI board member, my purpose would be to support achieving the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan, with particular emphasis given to model data sharing and promoting visibility for CUAHSI activities to academic partners, federal, state and local partners.
During my graduate work, CUAHSI Biennial meetings and workshops played a valuable role in introducing me to a community of hydrologists, including graduate students at other institutions. The science communications and field methods that I learned at these CUAHSI workshops are still proving useful to me today. As a faculty member, I, my graduate students, and students in my courses benefit from CUAHSI cberseminars, CUAHSI workshops, CUAHSI events at AGU, and the critical water data services. CUAHSI plays an integral role in our hydrologic community and I would value an opportunity to serve CUAHSI on the Board.
Anne Jefferson (Kent State University)
I am an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Geology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. I was a Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2016-2017. I am an Associate Editor at Water Resources Research and Hydrological Processes, and I am on the OSPA committee for the AGU Hydrology Section. My research focuses on the hydrology and geomorphology of human-altered landscapes, with a current emphasis on urban watersheds and stormwater management. I have also worked on climate change impacts and landscape co-evolution. The goal of my research is to improve the resilience and sustainability of water resources and aquatic ecosystems in the Anthropocene.
CUAHSI stands out to me as the unifying organization that serves all academic hydrologists, regardless of our individual departmental affiliations or career stages. I have been a university-level CUAHSI representative since 2010, I am a CUAHSI data services user, and I have participated in the Virtual University, short courses, cyber-seminars, and the Biennial Symposium. I would be thrilled to take my involvement with CUAHSI to the next level as a member of the Board of Directors. CUAHSI’s unique combination of educational programs, data services, and cross-cutting activities makes CUAHSI a key node in the global network of hydrologists. CUAHSI’s role in facilitating the advancement of hydrologic science and education is critically important in this era of mounting pressures on freshwater systems from climate and land use change, extreme events, and resource depletion.
If I am elected to the Board of Directors, I will work to maintain and strengthen CUAHSI’s existing activities and services, as articulated in the Strategic Plan. I will also push to enhance our organization’s efforts in 5 key areas:
(1) Communicating the pivotal role of CUAHSI to diverse stakeholders and potential funders;
(2) Developing communication and public engagement training, along with opportunities to engage diverse stakeholders with hydrologic science;
(3) Facilitating cross-university mentoring relationships for students, post-docs, and early career faculty;
(4) Broadening inclusion and participation of individuals from under-represented groups in the hydrologic sciences; and
(5) Crafting a code of conduct for participants in CUAHSI virtual and in-person activities.
Ashok Mishra (Clemson University)
Dr. Mishra is an associate professor and Dean’s Professor in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at Clemson University, South Carolina. His primary research interests involve hydroclimatic modeling, stochastic hydrology, drought modeling, managing water security under extreme events, and hydrometric network design. He is a recipient of a CAREER Award (2017) from the National Science Foundation focused on water security and drought management. At Clemson University he has received a Board of Trustees Award for Excellence (2019) and URSAA Award (2018) for outstanding research productivity. In 2015 he was also recognized by the Journal of Hydrology for having the most highly cited paper in the period 2007-2015 for his article on ‘a review of drought concepts’. Dr. Mishra currently chairs the “Risk, Uncertainty, And Probabilistic Approaches Committee” for the ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and is a member of ASCE, AGU, and NOAA - Drought Task Force 3 committee. He was a lead guest editor for Journal of Hydrology on the occasion of the two special issues related to drought process, modeling and mitigation, and water security. He is currently an associate editor for Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, and Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment.
Hydrometric information collected over a basin constitutes the fundamental inputs for the design of various water resources projects, and users of hydrometric data are numerous: hydrologists, agronomists, climatologists, hydrogeologists, water resources managers and planners. Dr. Mishra’s interest in hydrometry began when working on a manuscript ‘Developments in hydrometric network design: A review’ published in Reviews of Geophysics (2009), which highlighted critical data needs for stakeholders, a decline in hydrometric network density, issues of uncertainty in hydrometric network design and the evolution of data collection techniques and technologies. These topics are certainly important for the CUAHSI’s mission. Dr. Mishra has applied these interests to advancing CUAHSI’s activities in a variety of ways, including as Clemson’s representative to CUAHSI; by participating as an ad hoc committee member for CUAHSI’s data-driven educational efforts (2017), and by conducting a five-year retrospective review for the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Program – Water Availability and Watershed Management. He also served as a reviewer for the evaluation of water monitoring networks for climate change adaptation on behalf of the Water Monitoring and Climate Change Subgroup of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).
If given the privilege to serve on the CUAHSI Board of Directors, his priorities for ensuring the success of the organization will be:
(a) To promote the long-term benefits of hydrologic data collection among academia, federal and state agencies, communities, and independent stakeholders. CUAHSI has an important role to play in addressing a decreasing trend in the number of hydrometric stations that has occurred over the years, particularly as hydrologic variability and change are on the rise. All stakeholders should look to the long-term value of monitoring networks in adapting to climate change, not just the short-term costs. Historical hydrometric data that have not been collected are lost forever.
(b) To improve methods for the storage, retrieval, and processing of data so that the hydrometric information can be disseminated to and more effectively used by all stakeholders, including practitioners. Providing pathways to increase broad access to and usability of CUAHSI data portals is an important direction for our long-term future.
(c) To further diversify CUAHSI partners (e.g., inclusion of social scientists, public policy, federal/state agencies) and to promote the role of CUAHSI in data science to a diverse water community. Broadening participation in CUAHSI will enhance water and environmental sustainability to prevent human exposure to water hazards today and in the future.
(d) To promote international cooperation and enhance opportunities for information exchange through hydrological data networks, including opportunities for education and training. More diverse data sets will help students, postdocs and research communities better investigate the role of emerging climate (weather) risks on water security in a heterogeneous environment from local to global scales. This will help to promote effective use of hydrologic information in sustainable development to reduce the risk and impacts of water-related disasters.
Anne Nolin (University of Nevada - Reno)
I am a hydrologist and mountain geographer with over three decades of experience in snow hydrology, climatology, and remote sensing. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on snow and glaciers in the climate system, how they melt and become water supply for communities and ecosystems. I graduated with a PhD in Geography from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Since July 2018, I have served as Director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno. I previously worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder for 10 years and as a professor at Oregon State University for 15 years. I have published on snow-forest interactions, “at risk” snow, ice sheets and glaciers from the western US and Alaska to the Andes, from Greenland to Mars.
I have extensive organizational experience having served as vice chair of the Water Resources and Global Hydrologic Cycle panel for the 2007 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey and subsequently on the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board/Committee on Earth Sciences. I currently serve on the NASA Advisory Council/Earth Science Subcommittee and have been a NASA Science Team member since 1997. I was elected and served three years as the chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and chaired the AGU Climate Communication Prize committee. I have served on several steering committees including the NSF Research Coordination Network for High-Performance Distributed Computing in the Polar Sciences, the international Mountain Research Initiative, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center. I previously served on the Board of Directors and currently volunteer with Protect Our Winters (ProtectOurWinters.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit that focuses on raising awareness of climate change and solutions.
I am enthusiastic about CUASHI’s success in enhancing hydrology education. Activities such as the CUASHI Virtual University and Snow School are creative opportunities and create a valued community among students nationwide. As a Board member, I will lead and collaborate to further build our hydrology education community. Leveraging my experience as a program director, I will champion development of a Body of Knowledge for Hydrologic Sciences. This means strategic efforts to (1) identify and articulate current and emerging hydrology challenges; (2) evaluate the fundamental and enhanced knowledge and skills needed by hydrology students; (3) seek ways to enhance programmatic diversity; (4) identify ways to make hydrology programs more valuable and accessible to a wider range of students and faculty; and (5) develop a road map to achieve our goals. It will be my honor to serve on the CUASHI Board of Directors. Thank you.
Todd Scanlon (University of Virginia)
I am an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia with research interests in land-atmosphere interaction and watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry. I am the director of the long-running Shenandoah Watershed Study, which was established in the late 1970s to investigate how watersheds responded to changing atmospheric deposition. My research focuses on how hydrological and soil biogeochemical processes interact to control stream water dynamics of constituents such as nitrate, sulfate, dissolved organic carbon, and mercury. I am also interested in how changing atmospheric deposition has influenced water use in these forested watersheds. Along these lines, I have worked on the development of a technique to partition evapotranspiration fluxes and to extract vegetation water use efficiency from eddy covariance data that is routinely collected at AmeriFlux sites. My research also focuses on the savanna ecosystems of southern Africa, to better understand feedbacks between vegetation dynamics and atmospheric boundary layer processes. Sources of funding for my current research include the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and EPA. I have previously served on CUAHSI Instrumentation Steering Committee, have chaired the AGU Horton Research Grant committee, have been an associate editor for Water Resources Research, and have been a regular panelist for the National Science Foundation.
A recurring theme in CUAHSI’s mission statement and goals is the promotion of “interdisciplinary” and “multi-disciplinary” collaboration and community building. As a hydrologist whose research spans disciplinary boundaries with atmospheric sciences, ecology, and geoscience, I feel that I am well poised to further these objectives. I will work to solidify CUAHSI’s status as the “go-to” place for hydrological education, training, data products, and models and to help it grow as a hub for collaboration. Finally, my goal would be to broaden the visibility of the many CUAHSI programs and opportunities while working to advance the strategic plan of the organization. It is an honor to be considered for CUAHSI’s board of directors.
Al Valocchi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
I received my B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University in 1975, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1976 and 1981, respectively. Immediately after graduation, I joined the University of Illinois, where I have been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for my entire career. From 2004-2011 I served as Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies. I teach courses in water resources engineering, groundwater hydrology and contaminant transport, and numerical methods.
I am completing my second consecutive three-year term on the Board, and I would like to be a candidate for the special election for a one-year term. I have been fully committed to the CUAHSI Board over the past six years, serving as Chair-elect, Chair, and past-Chair. I have been a member of the Executive Committee for all six year. As there will be many new Board members starting in 2020, I believe that my prior experience and the institutional memory that brings will benefit CUAHSI.
Jay Zarnetske (Michigan State University)
I am an Assistant Professor of Hydrological Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University. My research program focuses on applying hydrologic theory to reveal the patterns and processes of aquatic ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles in watersheds, especially in river corridors of Arctic and Temperate settings. Presently, I serve on the Graduate Affairs as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees in my department. At the university level, I serve as the CUAHSI delegate and as my college’s representative on the Water Graduate Program Committee that recently developed and implemented cross-campus graduate programs in Water Science, Technology, and Policy. I serve in multiple community-serving science and art programs. Prior community leadership includes chairing multiple graduate student organizations and co-chairing programmatic committees in my scholarly societies.
Previously, I was a Donnelly Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. I received my PhD in Water Resource Science and Ecosystem Informatics from Oregon State University, my MS in Watershed Science from Utah State University's College of Natural Resources, and my BA in Geology from Colby College. I have also served as a visiting scientist for New Zealand's National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research and a consulting groundwater hydrologist for CDM-Smith, Inc.
A constant goal of mine is to help build and maintain community at my institutions. Hence, I have always been strongly committed to CUAHSI because CUAHSI helps build and sustain our hydrological sciences community. I hope to join the Board of Directors so that I can more directly help CUAHSI continue to build a robust and vibrant community. One way to build on CUAHSI strengths and initiatives is to assess and then address the dimensions of our hydrological sciences community that are underserved and underrepresented. Hence, my vision to help strengthen our hydrological sciences community is to:
1. Help steward CUAHSI strengths and momentum – do all I can to support and maintain the successful CUAHSI programs and policies that have developed over an exciting last decade,
2. Help CUAHSI make data and tools more accessible – pursue ways to facilitate data and tool users from outside our current community, so CUAHSI can facilitate interdisciplinary coordinated networks and reach social science and public policy communities,
3. Help CUAHSI grow and serve more – seek ways that CUAHSI can increase equity and inclusion within the hydrological sciences, which, in turn, will promote a more diverse and representative community, and
4. Help CUAHSI share and engage the hydrological sciences with more of society – find innovative ways for CUAHSI to enhance the education and outreach impacts of our hydrological sciences community.