Ben joined PSD in August, 2014 where he is actively researching the hydrologic relationships and impacts of drought, targeting California and the Great Plains region. Previously, his projects with the Western Water Assessment explored the hydrologic impacts of bark beetle and dust-on-snow disturbance on Colorado River streamflow. His doctoral research focused on land surface model development relevant to both land-atmosphere interaction, hydrologic prediction, and cold-season processes. He has also developed two long-term daily hydro-meteorological data sets over the conterminous U.S., Mexico, and parts of Canada at a 1/16 degree (~ 6km) spatial resolution that have been widely used. Ben is primarily interested in projects that quantify hydrologic impacts across multiple spatial and temporal scales relevant to water resource management.