As a Software Development Engineer, Soumya works in the development of CUAHSI software and services. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Soumya completed her Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia. During her time at Mizzou, She conducted research investigating information sharing among cooperative domains in cybersecurity and healthcare applications. Outside of work, Soumya enjoys hiking, exercising, and traveling outdoors.
Fun Fact: Soumya is a big fan of trying spicy food. If given a chance, she wants to go to Seoul, Korea and fulfill her cravings for the best, spiciest food around.
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 Administrative Assistant, Maddie provides a high level of support to the Executive Director and the Controller. Maddie is also helping aid the transition of the Critical Zone Observatories. 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.
Outside of work, Maddie enjoys biking and painting.
Fun Fact: Maddie is a hobby mycologist and loves foraging!
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.
Stanley was born and raised in Haiti for 16 years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Accounting back in 2005 from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Fun Fact: Stanley enjoys basketball, cycling and playing the guitar.
As the Senior DevOps Engineer Dan works on software deployment, configuring and maintaining, monitoring, and supporting the Compute resources in GCP and AWS. In addition, he maintains CUAHSI's local development environments, as well as the corporate infrastructure.
Before CUAHSI, Dan was a Cloud Engineer for Naviga. There, he was responsible for automating the deployment of their software stack in both development and production environments. Prior to Naviga, Dan was at Dell for nine and a half years as a System Administrator, largely managing and maintaining the cloud infrastructure and helping to set up a development team in Bangalore, India.
Outside of work, Dan loves to spend time with his family and cook in his smoker.
Fun Fact: Dan and his wife have a large LEGO collection that they started as a way to do something together at the end of the day!
As Science Education and Outreach Coordinator, Julia assists in 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 the Controller, Heidi is responsible for all Financial Information, Human Resources, Grant/Award Management, Federal Reporting, Annual Audit, Insurance, Banking and Board of Director reporting on financial/budget status. She has been in Accounting/Financial Management for the entirety of her career. For the last three years she was the Controller at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Heidi holds a B.S. from Anna Maria College where she completed two majors in four years -- Accounting and Finance.
Heidi and her family love to bike, hike, and fish. They can be found at the ocean or in the mountains of New England. She has completed a number of Sprint Triathlons and was an amateur competetive golfer on a national level for many years. In 2000 Heidi climbed the Tuckerman's Ravine Ice Wall free hand with a Don Joy knee brace in March. She was two weeks out from surgery to replace her ACL and it was her last big climb before her 9 month recovery period. Heidi says it was one of the scariest things she's ever done. If her son says "Hey let's do this!", her response will be, "NO WAY, you'll fall and hurt yourself!"
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 and an MPA in Enviromental Science and Policy from Columbia University. In her free time, Emily enjoys getting outdoors and practicing making the perfect s'more!
Fun Fact: Emily recently completed her third marathon.
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.
As Senior Architect of Data Services, Alva oversees the architecture of the data services CUAHSI provides, including the architecture of the HydroShare system for hydrologic data sharing and its linkages with the existing CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Alva was and remains and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University. He has been with CUAHSI since 2009 when he was asked to consult on the Ontology project. Since then, Alva has undertaken multiple consulting roles, including the initial design of CUAHSI’s Water Data Center. Alva holds a S.B. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University. Alva is a man of many talents: a long-distance bicycle tourist and tandem rider, plays multiple musical instruments, including banjo and harp, and is currently studying Tai Chi Chuan.
Fun Fact: Alva graduated from North Carolina School of Arts with a high school diploma in Bassoon performance. He had a choice of a music or science career – he chose science.
As Hydrologic Scientist, Anthony’s role is to bridge the gap between the development of CUAHSI software and services, and the science that they support. In this regard, he splits his time among projects ranging from data publication and discovery to reproducible science and hydrologic modeling, all with a primary focus of serving the needs of water scientists. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Anthony was a Research Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 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.
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.
As Program Manager, Jonathan supports CUAHSI’s mission by monitoring and reporting progress on CUAHSI's suite of research support and education activities, performing outreach, administrating of CUAHSI's Standing Committees, and helping to develop new initiatives. Jonathan’s interests include human-environment interactions, informatics, and data-driven decision making. Prior to working at CUAHSI, he earned a MA in Geography from the University of Connecticut where he focused on climate change vulnerability. He also holds a BA in Geography from the University of Mary Washington.
Fun Fact: Outside of work, Jonathan likes to visit the Catskills and Maine coast. His favorite book is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Richard Hooper is currently a Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He is Director Emeritus and was the founding Executive Director of CUAHSI. He continues to help out CUAHSI by providing user input on CUAHSI’s data services and is interested in applying the National Water Model to experimental catchments like the Critical Zone Observatories. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Richard was a Research Hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, initially working at the Panola Mountain Research Watershed and then managing two national-scale water quality monitoring networks for the Office of Water Quality. Richard holds an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University. Outside of work, Richard and his wife enjoy traveling, reading, and cooking together.
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.