Jerad Bales is the Executive Director at CUAHSI. In his role, Jerad develops and implements the overall strategy for CUAHSI, maintains relationships with its partners and creates new partnerships, and helps to ensure sustainability of the organization. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Jerad spent 25 years with the USGS, conducting hydrologic research, managing the North Carolina Water Science Center, and leading USGS water research and quality assurance activities as the Chief Scientist for Water. Jerad holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from the University of Texas, and a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, Jerad likes to hike and go globetrotting.
Fun Fact: Jerad went bowling at the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley at the White House.
Senior Software Specialist
As Senior Software Specialist, Scott will offer us some much-needed stability in our software development and maintenance activities, which is important for the long-term sustainability of HydroShare. Scott will continue to support the HydroShare team and the CZ Hub data portal development as we develop a transition plan with our USU colleagues. Scott has a B.S. degree in computer science from Utah State and will remain in Logan.
Anthony Castronova is a Senior Research Hydrologist at CUAHSI. In this role, he manages a small team of scientists that design and develop software solutions to bridge the gap between CUAHSI’s data initiatives and the scientific applications that they support. Anthony’s work emphasizes the synergy between hydrologic data and software engineering with a specific focus on hydrologic modeling, cloud computing, and reproducible science. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Anthony was a Research Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where his research focused on integrated modeling solutions, hydrologic data interoperability, and web service standards. Anthony holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of South Carolina. In Anthony’s spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, fly fishing, skiing, and mountain biking.
Prior to joining CUAHSI, Emily worked as a Shorebird Monitor at Cape Cod National Seashore where she located and monitored nesting endangered shorebirds. Emily holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Tampa, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. In her free time, Emily enjoys getting outdoors and practicing making the perfect s'more!
Fun Fact: Emily recently completed her fourth marathon.
Community Support Hydrologist
Clara leads CUAHSI’s Water Data and Compute Services user support and stakeholder engagement activities. This includes a wide range of tasks that help to develop, design, test, support, and market CUAHSI Water Data and Compute Services. Clara completed an M.S. in Hydrogeology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where she studied groundwater flow and nutrient transformation in unconfined coastal aquifers. She has experience with several groundwater flow and transport models, including MODFLOW, MT3DMS, SEAWAT, and PHT3D.
Fun Fact: Clara is a second degree black belt and loves to crochet!
Devin is originally from Montana but studied Environmental Engineering in New York and now lives in Brattleboro, VT with his partner and son. He is passionate about open-source software and reproducible science that contributes to the needs of people and planet. When not working, you will find him skiing with the family, running with the dog, or nose deep in a fantasy novel.
Fun Fact: I took my first official hydrology class in Ithaca, NY (the land of GORGES) but my first practical lessons with water took place on the Yellowstone River, where my parents were both Park Rangers!
As Science Education and Outreach Specialist, Julia manages the development and execution of CUAHSI’s education and outreach activities. Julia graduated from Boston University with a BA in Earth and Environmental Sciences. During her time at BU she completed research investigating the impact of Canada geese populations on Charles River water quality. Outside of work she enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time exploring outdoors.
Fun Fact: Julia spent 6 months in New Zealand, and another month readjusting to driving on the right side of the road.
As Deputy Director, Deanna oversees CUAHSI’s education and outreach activities and the implementation of CUAHSI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Throughout her higher education career, Deanna held a variety of positions such as overseeing academic collaborations for the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium and managing an NSF Research Traineeship Program at Syracuse University. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Binghamton University, an M.S. in Ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Georgia. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys open-water swimming, singing in a community chorus, and reading.
Fun Fact: After graduating from college, Deanna spent a year as a freelance violinist.
Community Outreach Specialist
Lisa assists in executing the organization's strategy to engage CUAHSI's constituency, including the CUAHSI member organizations, the broader science community, and the general public. Lisa creates visual and textual content, develops and implements internal and external communications strategies, and promotes CUAHSI programs and services through print and online material, monthly newsletters, and social media. She has a bachelor's degree in Costume and Textile Design from Univ. of California, Davis, and an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Fun Fact: Lisa loves partner dancing and her favorite styles are Hustle, Cha Cha and Salsa on 2!
Scientific Software Architect
Austin is a Scientific Software Architect at CUAHSI. In his role, Austin primarily designs and develops software solutions that support scientific computing and data accessibility in cloud and hybrid-cloud environments. He is a self-described lifelong learner with passions for open-source software and open science. In his free time, he loves to snowboard and mountain bike, tinker with technology, learn new skills, and spend time in the kitchen with his partner.
Department of Homeland Security Flood-Apex Post-Doc
As the Department of Homeland Security Flood-Apex Post-Doc, Kristin conducts research investigating resilience as transformation using a food-energy-water nexus approach in the context of disasters and flooding. Kristin is currently documenting strategies to build community flood and disaster resilience.
Kristin is an interdisciplinary scientist who, prior to CUAHSI, completed dual Master’s degrees in Oceanography and Applied & Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut, was a 2016 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, and most recently completed her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Kristin’s dissertation research focused on connecting coastal resilience with the food-energy-water nexus in the context of planning and policy. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys cooking, traveling, and listening to podcasts.
Fun Fact: Kristin prefers visiting beaches in the winter and assisted in sailing a boat from Bermuda to Connecticut.
As the Executive Assistant, Maddie provides a high level of support to the Executive Director. In addition, Maddie leads Membership engagement, and supports the Critical Zone Collaborative Network. Prior to joining the CUAHSI Team, Maddie worked in the Archives and Special Collections department of her university. Maddie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University, where she spent most of her time volunteering for an organization that advocates for sexual health and comprehensive sex education.
Fun Fact: Outside of work, Maddie enjoys making minitatures and espresso!
As Technical Director, Martin leads the development of CUAHSI’s data services and contributes to software engineering and IT management. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Martin worked as a GIS/software engineer for a company providing data collection application for disaster relief. Prior to that, he started a GIS company in Germany. Martin holds a Diplom Geography (MSc equivalent) from the University Marburg an der Lahn, Germany. Outside of work, Martin enjoys playing soccer.
Fun Fact: Martin is a big fan of islands and waterfalls.
Education Program Manager
Veronica Sosa Gonzalez is the Education Program Manager at CUAHSI. In this role, she designs and executes educational programs, engages with the standing committees, and administers the grants programs. Veronica holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as an M.S. and PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She holds certifications from the National Research Mentoring Network and Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. Since 2016, she has been working on pipeline programs and initiatives to diversify the STEM workforce.
Fun Fact: Veronica enjoys travelling, cooking, boating and home renovation projects.
Quality Assurance Engineer
Neal DeBuhr is the Quality Assurance Engineer at CUAHSI. He leads the software and quality assurance activities. Before CUAHSI, he improved business operations through software implementation, process optimization, and systems integration. Neal holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of work, Neal enjoys snowboarding and rock climbing.
Fun Fact: Neal built amateur pinball machines in high school.