Born and raised in Colorado, Mark has had a life-long fascination of snow-capped mountain peaks. Now as a member of the Mountain Hydrology Research Group, he studies the patterns and rhythms of mountain hydrosystems and assesses our tools for understanding them. Mark holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA, 2005). He received a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington in 2009, and is now a PhD candidate. His research interests include remote sensing of snow, data and calibration impacts on snowmelt modeling, spatial distributions of snowpack, and streamflow forecasting in snow-dominated watersheds.
Mark currently has a quarterly column, Frontiers, in the American Society for Engineering Education PRISM magazine. He is the past president of the award-winning UW Engineers Without Borders chapter, the UW American Water Resources Association, and the Gonzaga Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
In his free time, Mark enjoys snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, traveling the world, sailing, and crafting homebrew.
Exciting News! Mark was recently awarded the 2012 United States Society on Dams Scholarship, a Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year, and the 2012 Nece Fellowship at the University of Washington.