Ben L. O’Connor
Ecological and Hydrologic Modeling Team
DegreePh.D., Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2006.
Current RoleHydrologist, Ecological Resources and Systems; Ecological and Hydrologic Modeling Team Lead.
CapabilitiesApplied and basic research in hydrology, river hydraulics, surface water-groundwater interactions, sediment transport, ecohydrology, and water resources management. Specific interests: connections between hydrologic processes and ecological habitats; coupled field- and modeling-based assessments of aquatic ecosystems.
- Project leader: Impacts to water resources from utility-scale solar energy development; hydrologic and remote sensing analyses examining functionality of ephemeral and intermittent streams; effects of groundwater pumping on surface water-groundwater connectivity in desert ecosystems.
- Project leader: Impacts of hydropower operations on downstream flow variability and sediment transport; flow-habitat interactions; surface water-groundwater connectivity.
- Principal investigator: DOE Solar Market Transformation Program — Water Issues; scientific support for the implementation of environmental monitoring programs related to utility-scale solar development; analyses examining alternative water sources for renewable energy development.