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Wesley Danskin

Wesley Danskin is a Research Hydrologist at the California Water Science Center.

​​​​​​​Research Interests:

  • Real-world application of constrained optimization techniques
  • Real-time water management
  • Conflict resolution of water issues
  • Integrated management of biologic/hydrologic resources
  • Land deformation caused by ground-water recharge/extraction


  • San Bernardino Optimal Basin Management -
  • San Diego Hydrogeology -
  • Owens Valley -
  • Temecula -
  • Enhancing Ground-water Management in Jordan -

Professional Experience

  • Optimal water management

  • Ground-water simulation, constrained optimization

  • Hydrogeologic analysis of regional systems

  • Integrated surface-water/ground-water interpretations

  • Conflict resolution, technical mediation of water issues

  • USGS offices: Alaska (1978-79), Menlo Park (1979-84), San Diego (1985-present)

  • Project Chief: all projects, listed below, involve optimal water-management, regional systems, surface-water/ground-water interaction, and conflict resolution.

  • Advising: Optimal management of regional ground-water systems: Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ethiopia

  • Teaching: Optimal ground-water management training courses (1994, 1997, 2005-09)

Education and Certifications

  • B.A. Carleton College (1978), Geology, magna cum laude

  • M.S. Stanford University (1986), Applied Hydrogeology

  • Registered Geologist, California, #5468

  • Certified Hydrogeologist, California, #236

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Geological Society of America

  • International Association of Hydrologists

  • International Association of Hydrologic Sciences

Honors and Awards

  • USGS Excellence in Science award, 2008

  • USGS performance and special achievement awards: 1985, 1987-88, 1992-94, 1998, 2003-04, 2007

  • Citizen of the Year, 1994, Scripps Ranch community, San Diego, CA

  • USGS Best Report, 1992, California-Pacific area

  • USGS Public Service Award, 1992

  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, 1988-90

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

  • Eagle Scout, 1969

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government