Hydrology

jeff baldwinJeff Baldwin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2314; baldwije@sonoma.edu; website

Area of Water Expertise: Pre-European stream forms and hydrologies; role of beaver in stream form and function, stream response to changes in grazing practices; hydrologic response to climate change

Water-Related Courses Taught: Climate Change and Society (GEOG 352); Geopolitics (GEOG 320). I also taught Water Resources at Willamette University.

Water-Related Research: I am interested in how environmental communities provide important services to human economies, and to better understand how social groups could work more cooperatively with those communities. I have worked extensively in Oregon on the role of beaver in transforming watershed processes. I am currently developing a habitat suitability model for beaver re-introduction for the entire state of Oregon.

Water-Related Community Connections: I am a member of the Beaver Work Group organized through Occidental Arts & Ecology Center and participate in North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI) program.

Eric Edlund, Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2314; edlunde@sonoma.edu

Area of Water Expertise: Geography, GIS, biogeography, Quaternary paleoecology, environmental science, physical geographic field methods

Water-Related Courses Taught: GEOG 375 Natural Hazards

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Water-Related Community Connections: Center for Environmental Inquiry

michelle gomanMichelle Goman, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Global Studies, SSU

Contact: (707) 664-2314; goman@sonoma.edu; website

Area of Water Expertise: reconstructing prehistoric environmental change; paleoclimatic change; wetland ecology and paleoecology

Water-Related Courses Taught: Global Environmental Systems (Geog 204); Lab Methods in Physcial Geography (Geog 317); Geomorphology (Geog 360); Global Climate Change; Past, Present and Future (Geog 372; Natural Hazards (Geog 375).

Water-Related Research: I study the causes and impacts of environmental change during the last 10,000 years by working with biological and non-biological materials preserved in lake and wetland sediments.   For instance, in the San Francisco Bay my research has focused upon understanding variations in river discharge as caused by climate change.  This has direct relevance to how we manage the freshwater supply that feeds the Delta and Bay

Water-Related Community Connections: I am a member of the Baylands Habitat Goals Transition Zone Workgroup

jeff baldwinChris Halle, Nature!Tech Program Lead, Center for Environmetnal Inquiry, SSU

Contact: (707) 536-8914; halle@sonoma.edu

Area of Water Expertise: Meteorology, oceanography, sensor and communications development, environmental data interpretation and display, understanding uncertainty.

Water-Related Courses Taught: ES 314 Advanced Programming Model/Simulation (Technical Computing).

Water-Related Research: I have been working on various aspects of earth observing systems for approximately 30 years.  My interests include quantifying “typical” and “extreme” environmental conditions, scientific computer programming, and environmental description.  I am particularly interested by challenges that arise at the interfaces between the often distinct disciplines of “traditional” science, programming, data management, and integration of observations obtained from disparate platforms.  I am also interested in quantifying uncertainty, particularly as it relates to risk management.  I currently serve as the Nature!Tech Lead for the Center for Environmental Inquiry, where I help to develop collaborations between collaborating organizations (businesses, agencies, non-profits) and Sonoma State faculty and students.

Water-Related Community Connections: City of Rohnert Park, Sonoma County Water Agency, UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab