Dr. Colin Gleason was a NCRL Ph.D. student and NASA Earth System Science Fellow (NESSF) in the UCLA Department of Geography from 2011-2016. His focus is on basic science in several interrelated hydrologic disciplines, and both local and global in scope, as he seeks to improve fundamental understanding of basic hydrologic processes and apply them across the globe, particularly in the Arctic. One highlight of his Ph.D. dissertation was discovery of “at-many-stations hydraulic geometry”, a breakthrough discovery in classical fluvial geomorphology. Dr. Gleason also conducts intensive Arctic fieldwork where he attempts to fill in hydrologic data gaps and provide validation for satellite based products in this data-sparse but vulnerable region. He is a member of the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Science Team, in which capacity he works with other Science Team members to guide NASA’s development of the novel SWOT satellite technology and its field verification. He enjoys camping, hiking, photography, playing bass guitar, and board games with complicated rules. Dr. Gleason is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Northern Change Research Laboratory
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)
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