Joel W Homan


Joel is a Hydrologist in the USGS Colorado Water Science Center. Currently he is investigating ephemeral streams in Western Colorado with the hopes of targeting remediation locations to reduce sediment and salinity loading into the Colorado River. Previously, he focused most of his career in snow and hydrological processes in the Alaska arctic. He received his PhD in Interdisciplinary Hydrology, Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015, where he conducted a comprehensive investigation of solid and liquid precipitation in the Alaska Central Arctic.


  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Hydrology, Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, 2015
    • Thesis: Precipitation in the Alaska Central Arctic
  • M.S. in Hydrologic Sciences, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 2008
    • Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Analysis, 2007
    • Thesis: The Development and Evaluation of Ground, Model and Satellite-based Snowmelt Depletion Curves
  • B.S. in Geology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, 2005


Professional Experience

  • Hydrologist, USGS-Colorado Water Science Center, Grand Junction, CO, 2020-present
  • Research Hydrologist, USDA ARS, El Reno, OK, 2019
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2016-2017
  • Research Assistant, Water and Environmental Research Center, Dept. Of Civil Engineering and Minds, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008-2015
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Geology, Boise State University, 2005-2007