Michael Founds MS

Ecohydrologist II

Michael has eight years of applied experience in rangeland restoration, vadose and groundwater modeling, and surface water modeling of urban systems. He has worked in the Central Coast developing urban stormwater models, in the Tahoe Basin quantifying the effectiveness of water quality restoration projects, and across Western rangelands on erosion mitigation strategies. Michael completed his MS in Hydrology at the University of Nevada, Reno while working at the Desert Research Institute. His master’s thesis developed a 2-D vadose zone modeling process to design hillslope level restoration of degraded rangelands using micro-catchments. Michael obtained his BS degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he studied the effect of fire on near-surface runoff in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Before completing his graduate degree, Michael worked to design and track the effectiveness of resource management programs using GIS based tools. He has worked with numerous surface and groundwater hydrologic models including MODFLOW, Hydrus, SWAT, Kineros2, and the HEC model suite. He also has extensive experience using ArcGIS to analyze data and run hydrologic models.

In his free time, you may find Michael backpacking or rock climbing in the Sierras.