James Tindall

James Tindall

Res. Hydrologist

National Research Program

Phone: 303-236-5005
Fax: 303-236-5034

Address:
W 6th Ave Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80225

Biography

Dr. Tindall was raised on Big Cypress Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades; you might say he has been immersed in water all his life. He has worked in a variety of positions (Strategist; Technical Projects Director, Chief Technology Officer; Scientist for the USGS National Research Program; and as Vice President for a large consulting firm). He holds B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees (the latter and most recent in International Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School). His current work involves research and leadership incorporating a 3D and systems-thinking approach of the water-energy-food nexus (WEFN), which works across the 7 mission areas of the USDOI-USGS and also includes economics, policy, public health, engineering and technology, socioeconomics, STEM, environmental sustainability, resiliency, climate variabilty (particularly drought), Homeland Security (from sustainability and resiliency to physical processes), and critical infrastructure. He has served as team lead in the Middle East Peace Process working in water and energy resources and solutions and worked also extensively in these areas internationally. Additionally, he served as a technical advisor for Romania on environmental policy and pollution protocols for that country’s attempt to join the European Union, which was successful in January 2007. 

 

Dr. Tindall was raised on Big Cypress Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades; you might say he has been immersed in water all his life. He has worked in a variety of positions including: Strategist; Technical Projects Director, Chief Technology Officer; Scientist for the USGS National Research Program; and as Vice President for a large consulting firm. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he holds B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees - the latter and most recent in International Security Studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

 

His current work involves research and leadership incorporating a 3D and systems-thinking approach of the water-energy-food nexus (WEFN), which works across the 7 mission areas of the USDOI-USGS and also includes economics, policy, public health, engineering and technology, socioeconomics, STEM, environmental sustainability, resiliency, climate change, and Homeland Security (from sustainability and resiliency to physical processes). All of these areas are now confronted globally by expanding populations and limited resources that are creating critical challenges due to disparate resource distribution. Currently, Dr. Tindall is developing a WEFN collaborative program across multiple disciplines, agencies, and universities, as well as with international partners. The foundation comes from a previous program he developed in water security and related policy areas focusing on sustainability and resiliency, as well as security and related strategy that focused on climate variability, water supply, environment and human health, energy, economics, data integration, and risk assessment. He has developed numerous policy solutions and is a standing reviewer of OECD water governance publications.

 

In addition to work at the USGS, he has performed extensive efforts in science and technologies relevant to global security issues including sector interdependencies involving water, energy, agriculture and food, commodity supply lines, and other key resources. His work also has included forecasting resource changes, security strategy, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, and resiliency at country and global scales, especially related to economic effects due to cascading failures of large systems. As a part of this work, Dr. Tindall served as team lead in the Middle East Peace Process working in water and energy resources and solutions and worked also extensively in these areas nationally in China, Europe (Germany, Hungary, and Romania), and Latin America in El Salvador, as well as large city governments in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Nicaragua and has worked in over 40 countries. Additionally, he served as a technical advisor for Romania on environmental policy protocols for that country’s attempt to join the European Union, which was successful in January 2007. Academically, he has served as major professor and chair for 42 graduate students who received their M.S. and Doctoral degrees under his tutelage, as well as multiple others serving as their co-chair. He currently is directing additional Doctoral students, has mentored over 1,000 upper level and graduate students, advised more than 400 professionals, directed over 300 highly technically specialized individuals, and run budgets as high as $150 million. His friends call him the 'fix-it-man.'

 

PUBLISHED REPORTS

Tindall, James A., and Abraham Chen. 2014. Variables that affect agricultural chemical in groundwater in Nebraska. Water Air Soil Pollution: 225(2):1862 (18 p); DOI 10.1007/s11270-013-1862-0

Tindall, James A., and Burch, James A. 2014. Potential Risks to U.S. National Security Subsequent to Failure of Hoover Dam. Journal of Water and Energy Security, March, 1(2).

Tindall, James and Burch, James. 2014. A Global Water Assessment. Journal of Water and Energy Security, January, 1(1): 10-46.

Hussin, Aqeil, James Tindall and Edward Moran, 2012. Water Security and Interconnected Challenges in Libya. TinMore Institute Research Report WS121027. 

Tindall, James A., and Andrew A. Campbell. 2010. Water Security: Conflicts, Threats, PoliciesDTP Publishers. 

Tindall, J.A., J.R. Kunkel, and D.E. Anderson.  1999.  Unsaturated Zone Hydrology for Scientists and Engineers.  Prentice Hall.  Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 625 pp.  I wrote chapters 1-8, 10, chapter sections 11.3-11.6, chapter section 12.2, chapter sections 14.1 and 14.5, chapter 16, Appendixes 1-3, symbols tables, and references sections. Book is currently sold out (sold 10,000 copies from first printing). Currently out of print. Second edition in process. Available complimentary.

Tindall, James A., and Campbell, Andrew A. “Water Security—Nation State and International Security Implications.” Disaster Management, VOL 2(2), April 2009, pp 16-25. Available at http://www.managein.org

Friedel, M.J., and Tindall, J.A., Soil and water pollution derived from mining activities in the Aries River Basin, Romania. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.

Tindall, J.A., and Campbell, A.A., 2010, Water security—National and global issues: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3106, 6 p.  

 

Above is a partial listing; many others to be listed as time allows.