Samuel Saxe, M.S.


Samuel Saxe is a Hydrologist in the Water Resources Mission Area and a doctoral candidate at the Colorado School of Mines. He primarily works with continental- and global-extent estimates of the hydrologic cycle from remote sensing, hydrologic model, and reanalysis sources to better understand water availability and trends. Although Sam's specialty is working with large geospatial datasets, he has a history of research focusing on the impacts of disturbance events on streamflow and water quality.  Recent work includes:

  • Inter-comparison of continental- and global-extent hydrologic estimates across ecological systems,
  • Exploring ranges and trends of groundwater estimates derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment NASA mission,
  • Impacts of wildfire events on streamflow regimes and water quality trends in the western United States,
  • Geophysical and climate controls on watershed response to wildfire, and
  • Optimizing workflows in the R language to enhance and accelerate operations on large, geospatially-referenced gridded datasets.


  • PhD: Candidate in Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado.
  • MS: Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado. Thesis: Linear modeling and evaluation of controls on flow response in western post-fire watersheds.
  • BS: Earth Science, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California.