Telephone: +1 (530) 220 2111
Title: Senior Scientist
Expertise: water management
Brian’s research focuses on developing decision support tools for water resources systems.
He has participated in the development and application of databases and tools used for water resources analysis in a variety of domestic and international settings.
His recent work has included using SEI’s Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) model to assess climate change impacts on agriculture, to design optimal approaches for meeting environmental flow requirements, and to create an analytical platform for use in multi-party discussions over trans-boundary water resources issues.
Prior to joining SEI, Brian worked at the Natural Heritage Institute, where his research focused on defining creative strategies for balancing agricultural, urban and environmental water demands. Brian’s research at NHI included investigating groundwater banking and conjunctive use potential and identifying operational flexibility to enhance river flows for fish and riparian habitat restoration.
His other research includes developing management practices to mitigate water and pesticide runoff from agriculture.
Brian received his Ph.D. in hydrologic sciences from the University of California, Davis in 2005.
A Water Resources Planning Tool for the Jordan River Basin (Journal article - 2011)
Modifying agricultural water management to adapt to climate change in California's central valley (Journal article - 2011)
Integrated Scenarios Analysis for the California Water Plan Update (Conference paper - 2010)
Climate driven water resources model of the Sacramento Basin, California (Journal article - 2009)
Climate warming, water storage, and Chinook salmon in California’s Sacramento Valley (Journal article - 2008)