Research Hydrologist, USGS
Dr. Michael Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Research Program, and a research associate of the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences and Physical Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. Dettinger has monitored and researched the hydrology, climate, and water resources of the West for almost 30 years, focusing on regional surface water and groundwater resources, watershed modeling, causes of hydroclimatic variability, and climate-change influences on western water resources. He has authored over 80 scientific articles in scholarly journals and books, 20 government reports, and another 70 articles in outreach and less formal outlets. Among other activities, he was the physical-sciences team leader for DOI-DOD ecosystem planning in the Mojave Desert, founding member of the multi-institutional CIRMONT Western Mountain Climate Sciences Consortium, climate advisor to the CALFED Bay-Delta Restoration Program and co-editor of the CALFED 2008 State of Bay-Delta Science report, member of the external Science Steering Group for the federal Global Water Cycle Program, research advisor for USGS Surface-Water Discipline, and a member of the USGS Global Change Science Strategic Planning Team. He has degrees from the University of California San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (Atmospheric Sciences).