Wesley Danskin

Biography

Professional Expertise:

  • 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)

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

Projects:

Awards/Honors:

  • 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

Association Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • International Association of Hydrologists
  • International Association of Hydrologic Sciences

Education & Credentials:

  • B.A. Carleton College (1978), Geology, magna cum laude
  • M.S. Stanford University (1986), Applied Hydrogeology
  • Registered Geologist, California, #5468
  • Certified Hydrogeologist, California, #236