20 November 2014
Texas Headwaters and Rivers
Moderator — Rudolph Rosen, Ph.D.
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|1:00-1:20||John Nielsen-Gammon – “Weather, water and Texas’ aquatic resources”|
|1:20-1:40||Thom Hardy – “Instream flows and drought: the art of ethics and sharing”|
|1:40-2:00||Michael Forstner – “Drought and aquatic life”|
|2:00-2:20||Rudolph Rosen – “Water education”|
|2:20-2:40||Discussion and questions with Rivers Session speakers|
John Nielsen-Gammon is Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1991 and was appointed Texas State Climatologist by then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000. He has served as Acting Executive Associate Dean for the College of Geosciences and chair of the American Meteorological Society Board on Higher Education, and the president of the International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon received a Presidential Faculty Fellow award from the National Science Foundation and the White House in 1996, a Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at Texas A&M University from the Association of Former Students in 1996, and was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2011. He is Past President of the International Commission for Dynamical Meteorology and is past chair of the AMS Board on Higher Education. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon’s research involves such topics as jet streams, heavy rain, sea breezes, air pollution, data assimilation, climate data quality, and drought monitoring and forecasting. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and teaches courses in weather analysis, weather forecasting, atmospheric dynamics, and climatology.
Dr. Thomas Hardy is Chief Science Officer at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and a B.S. in Secondary Education. He holds the Meadows Center for Water and Environment Endowed Professorship for Environmental Flows. Dr. Hardy was the Director of the Institute for Natural Systems Engineering for 21 years and the Associate Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University for 10 years. He is also the President of the Ecohydraulics Section of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Dr. Hardy oversees a wide array of multidisciplinary research on the development, testing, validation, and application of assessment methodologies in water resource systems related to environmental flows. His research spans use of unmanned autonomous vehicles for remote sensing and image processing, aquatic ecosystems modeling, aquatic vegetation and macroinvertebrate dynamics, river and reservoir water quantity modeling and distributed watershed modeling. He is an internationally recognized expert in instream flow assessments.
Dr. Rudolph Rosen is a research professor at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University and a Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is working on a joint project between the Center and Institute called H2O – Headwaters to Ocean. H2O is focused on developing ways to help students of today become engaged water savvy citizens of tomorrow through teacher training and instructional materials development for experiential education enhanced with today’s newest mobile and interactive technologies. Dr. Rosen is a former Director of Wildlife, Fisheries and Coastal Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He was also Executive Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional and has been elected Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Dr. Rosen has degrees from Penn State, South Dakota State and the University of Massachusetts, and has work experience in both freshwater and coastal ecosystems. He has served in international, national, and regional executive leadership positions in the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International and its foundation. Rosen has served on over 130 nonprofit and government national and international boards, commissions and committees and has written over 500 articles, presentations and website blogs on organizations, natural resources conservation, and policy. He recently wrote the books Money for the Cause, a guide to fundraising for environmental conservation, and the textbook Texas Aquatic Science, both published by Texas A&M University Press.
Dr. Rudolph Rosen (See above)