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With a combination of appointed faculty from the University of Denver and adjunct faculty with extensive real-world experience in their fields, our expert faculty at University College understand adult learning theories and provide practice-based education to busy adults. Students gain the hands-on skills and foundational knowledge needed to excel in their chosen industries, all while learning from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach.

Our faculty lead dynamic discussions in the classroom, hold rigorous academic standards, and embrace innovative technologies and curriculum designed specifically for adult learners. Learn more about the faculty at University College by browsing the descriptions below.

Robert Amme

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Joyce Anderson

B.S. Colorado State University, is certified in comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. She is president of Compliance Specialties, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in Occupational Safety and Health Act compliance issues, training, audits, preparation of written safety and health programs, and other industrial hygiene related activities. Her experience includes 10 years as a compliance safety and health officer with the Denver Area Occupational Safety and Health Act office. (EPM)

Steven Arnold

M.A., Chemistry, San Diego State University 1971. Mr. Arnold is the Deputy Director for the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division and is in charge of the Policy and Planning Program for the Division. He was the Program Manager for the Technical Services Program for thirteen years and has been with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment since 1972. He taught part time at the Metropolitan State College and San Diego State University. (EPM)

Jerry Barker

B.S. in botany from Brigham Young University, Ph.D. in rangeland ecology from Utah State University. Dr. Barker has over 25 years of natural resources research, consulting, outreach, and management experience. He was a Professor of Range Science at Somalia National University, Mogadishu, Somalia. He served as a research scientist at the EPA Ecological Research Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon for 12 years. He currently works for a science and engineering consulting firm in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Barker’s expertise is focused on human influences on plant community structure and function. He has extensive training and experience in plant ecology, wildfire ecology, forest and range sciences, soils, environmental impact and risk assessment, ecological damage assessment, ecological rehabilitation and revegetation, ecological baseline and monitoring studies, statistics, and project management. Dr. Barker has considerable experience in developing community wildfire protection plans including wildfire risk assessments and risk reduction mitigation options. Other experience includes developing biological indicators of riparian forest, watershed condition, and proper livestock grazing, riparian plant dynamics, the historical reconstruction of watershed vegetation cover, forest and grassland carbon sequestration, air toxics effects on ecosystems, wildlife habitat improvement, human impacts on ecosystems and plant dynamics, and genetic ecology of big sagebrush. Dr. Barker has published over 60 papers in scientific journals, book chapters, and professional reports. He is the lead editor of the book, Air Pollution Effects on Biodiversity. He has presented over 50 scientific papers at professional meetings.

Steven Bissell

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Denver, is the former head of environmental education for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He worked for more than 20 years with the state as a wildlife conservation officer, non-game and endangered species biologist, land use coordinator and human dimensions/responsive management coordinator. He is a member of the adjunct faculty of the College of Natural Resources at CSU and of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Bissell is the past chair of the Responsive Management Board of Directors, a nonprofit program of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He has conducted qualitative research projects for several state agencies and non governmental organizations. He is affiliated with Mark Damian Duda and Associates, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in wildlife management issues. (EPM, PPE)

William Brady

William Brady (JD, University of Denver; MFA, University of Denver; BA, St. John’s University) is a trial lawyer with 38 years’ experience in litigating environmental, insurance coverage and hazardous waste disposal cases on behalf of policyholders, including corporations, local governments, mining companies, aircraft manufacturers and other business and individual clients. In addition, William has testified in Congress and participated in conferences sponsored by the White House, the EPA and the Colorado Department of Health. He has been a frequent guest on "Law Cast," a nationally broadcast radio program dealing with insurance, torts, and trials. Students appreciate William's knowledge and ability to provide real life examples to the classroom.

Anton Camarota

Ph.D, Northcentral University; M.B.A., University of Denver, is President of Tellari Consulting. Dr. Camarota works with leaders and managers to understand their performance barriers and develop creative strategies for sustainability. Anton's expertise is the development of approaches that enable leaders and managers to meet the diverse challenges of building a sustainable organization. Dr. Camarota, an internationally published author and speaker, has most recently written "Finding the Leader in You." Dr. Camarota is a Certified NLP Practitioner and a Master Graduate of the Rapport International School of Leadership. He has more than eighteen years of management, coaching, and consulting experience with Fortune 1000 companies throughout the world.

Angel Chi

Angel Chi (PhD in Educational Leadership, University of Denver; MBA in Accounting, University of Denver; BA in Mathematics, University of Denver) has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial business managements experience in a number of profitable private businesses related to investment, international business consulting, publishing, and media production. Dr. Chi brings knowledge in teaching, developing interdisciplinary programs, developing training programs, and non-profit management to the classroom. Dr. Chi has a track record in teaching and developing interdisciplinary programs for DU's Reiman School of Finance, Women's College, and University College. She also established executives training programs for Colorado Bar Association, Rocky Mountain World Trade Center, and China Development Institute. Dr. Chi severed on the board of many non-profit organizations.

Richard Eidlin

Richard Eidlin has been at the center of sustainability, socially responsible business and clean energy policy issues for over twenty-five years. He has worked in the public, private and non-profit sector at the global, national and local level. He is a Co-Founder and Policy Director for the American Sustainable Business Council, a national public policy and advocacy organization. Richard has worked for the United Nations Environment Programme and New York City government; consulted to CH2MHill and the World Bank; taught at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and helped found New Hampshire Business for Social Responsibility and the Community Capital Bank in New York City. Richard attended the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil. As a veteran in the environmental and renewable energy industries, Richard served as National Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance; consulted to Earth Day USA and has been an officer in several national solar energy companies. He is a Board member of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center. Richard co-directed the Colorado Clean Tech for Obama campaign in 2008 and advised candidate (and now Colorado Governor) Bill Ritter on renewable energy issues in 2006. Richard earned a Bachelors in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin.

Barron Douglas Farquhar

Doug Farquhar, J.D., directs the Environmental Health Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He works extensively with state legislatures and policy makers from across the country on policies and laws implementing and improving the environmental issues that affect human health. He consults with U.S. EPA, the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC and US Trade Representative on how environmental policies and laws will affect states, and best approaches to implementing these laws and policies. He has also worked in Mexico and Thailand on developing environmental health programs.
Doug is a graduate of the University of Denver School of Law and the University of Texas, Austin, and recently became an Environmental Public Health Leadership Fellow at the CDC.

Kathryn Flanagan

PhD, University of Wyoming, has many years teaching courses in wetlands and geology courses at Metropolitan State, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Flanagan has consulted on various projects including the environmental restoration of the Cache River Wetlands, a cypress-tupelo swamp in southern Illinois. She has had numerous publications and has been invited to present reports to conferences such as the America Geophysical Union Chapman Conference.

Andrea Gelfuso

Andrea Gelfuso Goetz (J.D. Sturm Law School, BA, Environmental Science, University of Denver) has practiced Environmental and Natural Resources Law for over 25 years. As an attorney with Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor, she litigated over a hundred Public Lands cases - and never lost. As an attorney for the Colorado Attorney General's Office, she specialized in air quality issues. Andrea has practical experience in just about every law she teaches in her Environmental Protection Law course.

In addition to teaching for University College, Andrea teaches Environmental Law, and Sustainability and Human Society, at the University of Denver. Andrea is known for her engaging lectures and real-world applications of environmental databases that allow students to explore information about air quality, water quality, and hazardous waste - in their own zip codes. Andrea also enjoys writing about environmental issues; her work has appeared on Huffingtonpost.com, in The Denver Post, and in The New Yorker. In 2010, Andrea received the Ruth Murray Underhill Award from DU for excellence in teaching.

Robert Gnuse

Robert S. Gnuse (MBA, Regis University; MS in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington; BS in Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington) has more than 30 years of progressive management experience in the engineering and environmental consulting industry. Most recently, he has provided management and sales consulting services for firms through GNUSE Consulting Group, LLC. Consulting assignments have ranged from designing sales training programs, facilitation of strategic business plans, White Paper studies on entering foreign or domestic marketplaces and the facilitation of annual planning meetings for Engineering News Record ranked firms. He has earned the professional designations of Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) and LEED® AP BD+C sustainability certification and currently serves on the University of Texas Arlington’s College of Engineering Board of Advisors.

Keith Hay

Keith Hay joined the National Conference of State Legislatures as the Energy Program Director in December 2009. From 2007 to 2009 he served as the energy advocate for Environment Colorado where he worked on federal climate change policy, clean energy and energy efficiency. He has also served as a consultant to the wind industry, where authored a report on the economic growth potential in wind manufacturing in Colorado. Keith was working on a Ph.D. in philosophy, specifically on the appropriate way to value land in parks and natural resource planning. This research led him to an interest in sustainable development and renewable energy. Keith holds one M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and another from the Claremont Graduate University. He holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University.

John Hill

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, is an environmental and investment consultant. He began his career as a California Legislature staff member working on the state’s environmental and energy policies. This was followed by work in Europe where he performed environmental and safety risk analyses related to expanding oil and gas exploration and production operations in the North Sea. In 1984, Dr. Hill was appointed Director of Environmental Operations for Aerojet-General, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and rocket propulsion systems. Subsequently, he was a Senior Vice President at Kaiser Group International where, among other duties, he had executive management responsibilities at a cleanup and closure project for Rocky Flats, a former nuclear weapons facility. Dr. Hill was also an Investment Director for a European venture capital and development firm, where he focused on energy and environmental investments. He has worked on many environmental sites and projects in the United States and abroad and has gained extensive professional experience with environmental statutes and regulations, general management (including reengineering), project management, performance of site investigation, remedial design, and remedial construction activities, architect and engineering services, and construction management, analytical laboratory operations, negotiation of consent decrees, settlements and permits, environmental compliance programs (including ISO 14000), risk assessment and environmental impact evaluations, and environmental data management systems.

Dr. Hill is the academic director and and instructor for University College's master of environmental policy and management degree at the University of Denver. He also teaches in University College's enrichment program.

Charles Holmes

Dr. Charles Holmes (PhD in Community Health, University of Illinois; MPH, University of Illinois; BS in Biology at Eastern Illinois University) has been a collegiate instructor for the past 10 years with his longest tenured position being in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Dr. Holmes teaching background brings knowledge in topics stretching from public health to global health systems to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Holmes engagement, feedback, and knowledge in the field.

Fenton Kay

Dr. Kay is an experienced biologist and environmental consultant with field survey and research experience in Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, the Republic of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Belize. Those environments included arid lands, conifer, hardwood, subtropical, and tropical forests. He has extensive university-level teaching, and managerial/supervisory experience. Fenton has published articles in a variety of scientific journals and has co-edited an issue of an international journal. He has been an author on CX’s, EA's, EIS sections, and biological reports under both NEPA and CEQA,.

Dr. Kay has experience interacting with state and federal resource managers and planners, and with private sector developers. Fenton helped the gold mining industry in Nevada develop methods to prevent cyanide-related wildlife mortality and organized and edited the proceedings of a symposium dealing with methods to ameliorate wildlife mortality. Dr. Kay has worked with Nevada Department of Wildlife, New Mexico Department of Transportation, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, Arizona Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corps of Engineers, BLM, USFS, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the Zuni Pueblo. He has participated in long-distance pipeline and railroad rights-of-way surveys for Threatened and Endangered (T/E) species in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California and was a participant in a long-term study of the endangered Stephens kangaroo rat.

Thomas Koch

Thomas D. Koch (MS in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver) is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 25 years of experience in the environmental health and safety profession. After an early career at the Lockheed Martin Corporation in Littleton, Colorado, he worked as a private consultant for 17 years, and currently owns and operates Koch Environmental Health, an industrial hygiene consulting company. Mr. Koch brings to his classroom a comprehensive knowledge in the specialized fields of industrial hygiene and environmental safety.

Donald McCubbrey

Donald J. McCubbrey, PhD, is a Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Department of Business Information and Analytics in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He founded the Department of Management Information Systems in 1984 and served as Department Chair for fifteen years. He was President of the University Faculty Senate from 2010-2012. Active in the Colorado software and Internet industries as a consultant and advisor, he is a co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA).

His teaching and research is focused on electronic commerce and strategic uses of information technology. He was an associate editor of Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS). He co-authored two textbooks and published several articles in information systems journals.

Prior to joining the Daniels College faculty, he was a partner with Andersen Consulting/Arthur Andersen & Co. During his career as a consultant, he participated in information systems consulting engagements in the U.S. and several other countries in the Americas and Europe. He lived in Latin America from 1981 to 1983 when he was in charge of the Firm's consulting practice in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Larry Mugler

B.S., Northwestern University (civil engineering)
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (urban and regional planning)
Larry has worked for the Denver Regional Council of Governments since 1974 and currently serves as the Planning Services Coordinator. He is responsible for programs dealing with regional development planning and general environmental studies. Prior to joining DRCOG, he was director of community development for a multi county planning organization in Oklahoma.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:
•Secretary for the Colorado Chapter of the APA from 1989 to 1996. Member of the AICP.
•Executive committee (including a term as chairman) of the Urban Planning and Development Division of the ASCE.
•Inaugural member of the Board of Governors for the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute.
•President of the board of directors of the Leawood Metropolitan Park and Recreation District from 1978 to 1998.

HONORS:
•Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado Special Districts Association.
•President’s Award from the Colorado Section of the APA.
•Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate award from the Illinois Section, ASCE.
•ASCE Harland Bartholomew Award from the Society in 2003.

PUBLICATIONS:
•“Air Quality Control,” in Management of Public Works (edited by Sam M. Cristofano and William S. Foster, International City Management Association, 1986)
•“Use of GIS in Regional Planning,” in Urban Planning and Development Applications of GIS (edited by Said Easa and Yupo Chan, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1999)
•Managing Editor, Colorado Land Planning and Development Law, Fifth Edition

Leonard Pasquini

Mr. Pasquini has 38 years of project management experience on projects as small as 10’s of thousands of dollars to $10 Billion. Mr. Pasquini retired in 2003 as Corporate Executive Vice President and part owner of an engineering consulting firm headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with offices world wide. His former firm, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. undertakes contract project management primarily for the US Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. In his active project management career, Mr. Pasquini contributed to over $7 Billion of contract awards, and managed as the on-site project manager over $2.5 Billion of corporate contracts.

Mr. Pasquini received his graduate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University. In 1996, he was honored by the university as their Outstanding Engineering Alumnus for a career of leadership in project management. Only 164 men and woman out of 72,000 alumni world wide have received this honor in the 30 years since its inception.

His most recent on-site project management assignments included the management of several projects for the $10 Billion environmental clean up and closure of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFET Site), in Boulder, CO from 1995-2001. The RFET project was recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as the number 1 project in the world in 2006, and set an international standard for project management. From 2001-2003 Mr. Pasquini managed the $1.6 Billion Site Support Services contract at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in Los Alamos, NM where he was the Deputy General Manager and Director of Site Operations.

His post graduate career started in 1966 as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Nuclear Navy where he served aboard the nuclear submarine, the USS George Washington, SSBN 598. He retired from the U.S. Nuclear Navy at the grade of Commander.

Margaret Perl

JD, Georgetown University Law Center
BA, Arizona State University

Peg Perl currently serves Principal of her own public policy and democracy education endeavor, Democracy TNG. She has 17 years of legal and government experience, most recently as Senior Counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, where her work combined advocating for policy reforms and litigating in the areas of government ethics, campaign finance and open records. She also coordinates the Courts Matter Colorado coalition of organizations focused on public education and advocacy about the federal courts in Colorado and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to moving to Colorado in 2010, Peg practiced law for over a decade in Washington D.C., including public service positions as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and as a policy attorney with the Federal Election Commission. Peg is also Board Chair of the Women's Lobby of Colorado where she advocates for healthcare, education, employment and other issues for women and families. She was a 2015 Writer in Residence for Ms.JD.org and is a contributor to the online edition of the Harvard Law and Policy Review and The Huffington Post Denver. Peg has also taught courses on legislation and advocacy in the CWC program at DU.

Lori Poole

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Daniel Pope

Daniel F. Pope, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 1985

Daniel Pope is an Environmental Scientist and consultant for governmental organizations, academia and industry. He began in the agricultural arena, studying the environmental transport and biological activity of allelopathic compounds. Further work involved studying the environmental fate, transport and biological degradation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and halogenated phenols in soil and ground water. Dr. Pope subsequently provided consulting services to the U.S. EPA for 100+ hazardous waste sites, focusing on site characterization, remediation and performance monitoring of hazardous waste sites. He has taught numerous short courses and seminars to consultants, federal and state regulators on topics including bioremediation, monitored natural attenuation, and performance monitoring. Dr. Pope has authored technical guidance manuals for U.S. EPA on the same subjects for use by site managers and consultants. Dr. Pope also has taught online college-level courses including Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Anatomy/Physiology, since 1998. He is producing a series of online courses for U.S. EPA covering investigation, remediation and monitoring ground-water contaminants. Dr. Pope has published numerous articles in respected publications.

Arthur Purcell

Arthur H. Purcell is an environmental management and policy specialist, author, and educator specializing in preventive and sustainable approaches to environmental and resource problem solving. He holds a BS in materials science from Cornell University and PhD and MS degrees from the Northwestern University McCormick School. Purcell heads Sustainable Resource Management, a Los Angeles-based environmental management practice, and is the founding Director of the Resource Policy Institute, a nonprofit energy and environmental research and education group chartered in Washington DC. Clients have ranged from US EPA to the UN Economic Commission for Europe to Sony and IBM.

Purcell has served as a member of the President’s Science Policy Task Force and President’s Commission on Scholars, and the Senior Staff of the President’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. He organized and chaired of the First Geneva Conference on Pollution prevention and Sustainability A recipient of the Friends of the UN Environment Programme Award, he has served as an environmental commentator for Publuc Radio’s Marketplace and was an elected public official, representing 10,000 people in the District of Columbia. He recently was a Becker House Scholar at Cornell University.

H. Christine Richards

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Howard Roitman

BA, Brooklyn College; JD, Yale Law School. Howard has had an almost thirty year career in government environmental regulation that includes management positions with the U. S. Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining and independent consulting work. Beginning in 1987, he held progressively responsible positions with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, notably as the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Director and Environmental Programs Manager. He has been active in national environmental issues on behalf of states, including sustainability and Department of Defense cleanup issues. He served as President and later deputy executive director of ASTSWMO, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials.

William Roy

Dr. Roy (Ph.D. in Soil Physical Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MA and BS in Geology, Indiana University) conducted field and laboratory research at the Illinois State Geological Survey for 33 years, then retired as Senior Geochemist. Dr. Roy served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 42 externally-funded contracts and grants totaling $9,380,957. The major sources of funding were the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy. He has authored or co-authored 112 publications including journal papers, book chapters, technical reports, and symposia contributions. Dr. Roy is a Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) at the University of Illinois where he teaches NPRE 442, Radioactive Waste Management. He has taught this course for six years, and has made the “(Incomplete) List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students” each time. In 2011, he was ranked as “Outstanding” and he was also presented with the “Students’ Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.” Dr. Roy is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Power Generation Technology. He has also been a consultant for various private, state, and federal agencies. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society (Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division).

Ryan Sharp

Ryan received his Ph.D.in natural resource recreation management from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. His research interests lie in the realm of visitor use in protected areas, specifically understanding how visitors understand and interact with the natural environment. Ryan is currently an employee with the National Park Service working as a visitor use specialist.

R. Michael Stanwood

Mr. Stanwood is an environmental and economic consultant based in Denver. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience and has served as an analyst or manager on over 100 projects for both the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in planning and managing complex projects involving natural resource development and permitting/compliance. Mr. Stanwood is an experienced National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) practitioner and trainer. He has developed collaborative public involvement processes and facilitated many public meetings. His environmental experience has primarily involved resource development (energy, mining, water), real estate development, military/defense operations, transportation (airports, railroads, pipelines, highways), and government analyses. He has worked on international projects in Madagascar, Bolivia, Russia, and Brazil.
He has worked for large national consulting firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton (as senior consultant) and ICF (as principal), for smaller regional consulting firms, and as an independent consultant. Mr. Stanwood has a BA From the University of Colorado and an MS from the Colorado School of Mines. He has served on numerous panels and presented workshops and training sessions involving environmental law, regulatory issues, public policy initiatives, and environmental leadership.

Charles Swanson

Mr. Swanson was born in Palo Alto, California. At the age of 6 his father was transferred to Cleveland, Ohio, where Charles attended University School, a college preparatory school for boys. Charles attended the University of Vermont, in Burlington and majored Architecture and Design with a minor in Philosophy. Charles returned to Cleveland and worked with architectural firms in the metropolitan area. After 2 years of architectural service work, Charles attended Case Western Reserve Universities’ Weatherhead School of Management and received a Master of Business Administration in Operations Management. Subsequently, he moved to Chicago to work for The Austin Company, an international design-build organization.

Mr. Swanson has worked in the design and construction field for over 25 years and has resided in the Colorado area for the past 10. Primary function has been as a Manager of Business Development for local and national design-build firms. International travels and sales have included companies headquarter in Germany and Italy. Mr. Swanson is a member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and has received his National Standard General Building Certificate A from the International Code Council (ICC).

J. Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas; Ph.D., George Mason University, is an environmental management and water resource consultant specializing in adaptive management, watershed planning, environmental planning and permitting, and water quality. His research interests include methods to improve the effectiveness of institutional and collaborative natural resource management. Dr. Thomas has served as an environmental manager at several military bases, was Director of Water Resources for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and retired from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. Recent projects include developing water resource plans for military installations and Tribes, developing salinity and nutrient management plans, developing and implementing water quality monitoring programs, and preparing and commenting on Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements, ESA Section 7 consultations, and other permits. He recently participated in developing scenarios and assessing impacts for the Alternative Futures of the Southwest project for the Department of Defense, as well as an resilience assessment of an Army Combat Outpost in Afghanistan.
Dr. Thomas has coordinated several watershed planning groups for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He has represented the United States on the Santa Margarita River Watermaster Steering Committee and the Santa Margarita River Technical Advisory Group. He has also served on the California State Water Board’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Coastal Nutrient Numeric Endpoint Approach.

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