Michael Rush

Biography

Michael (Mickey) Rush is a hydrologist at the USGS California Water Science Center in San Diego, CA. He brings a balance of computational expertise, field research experience, and leadership skills to projects in water resources science and management. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder. His Ph.D thesis research used coupled thermo-hydrologic modeling to simulate how changes in the Colorado Front Range snowpack may contribute to changes in seasonally frozen ground, and to what extent such frozen soils shift the timing and magnitude of subsurface flow. His Fulbright project in Chilean Patagonia (2018) focused on understanding the influence of regional climate changes on streamflow in high elevation, inland catchments of the Rio Coyhaique watershed. Through his work, he strives to serve the needs of stakeholders, engage local communities, and effectively communicate technical information in both English and Spanish to scientific and non-scientific audiences.