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Wesley R. Danskin

Wesley Danskin

Research Hydrologist

U.S. Geological Survey
4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 916-225-6132
Fax: 619-225-6001

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:

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

  • Skiing, biking, swimming
  • Cooking, travel, community service
  • Selected Publications:

    Danskin, W.R., McPherson, K.R., Woolfenden, L.R., 2006,
    Hydrology, Description of Computer Models, and Evaluation of Selected Water-Management Alternatives in the San Bernardino Area, California: U.S. Geological Survey, Open File Report 2005-1278, 194 p., 2 plates, each 38 x 32 in. Pending release as USGS Professional Paper 1734.

    Danskin, W.R., and Church, C.D., 2005,
    Determining age and vertical contribution of ground water pumped from wells in a small coastal river basin. A case study in the Sweetwater River Valley, San Diego County, California: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2005-1032, 4 p.

    Bexfield, L.M., Danskin, W.R., and McAda, D.P., 2004,
    Simulation-optimization approach to management of ground-water resources in the Albuquerque area, New Mexico, 2006 through 2040: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5140, 82 p.

    Danskin, W.R., Kasmarek, M.C., and Strom, E.W., 2003,
    Optimal withdrawal of elastically stored ground water in the Chicot aquifer, Houston area, Texas, in Prince, K.R., and Galloway, D.L., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Subsidence Interest Group Conference, Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Galveston, Texas, November 27-29, 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-308, p. 39-48.

    Lu, Zhong, and Danskin, W.R., 2001,
    InSAR analysis of natural recharge to define structure of a ground-water basin, San Bernardino, California: California Geophysical Rearch Letters, v. 28, no. 13, p. 2661-2664.

    Danskin, W.R., 1998,
    Evaluation of the hydrologic system and selected water-management alternatives in the Owens Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2370-H, 175 p.

    Izbicki, J.A., Danskin, W.R., and Mendez, G.O., 1998,
    Chemistry and isotopic composition of ground water along a section near the newmark area, San Bernardino County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigative Report 97-4179, 27 p.

    Danskin, W.R., and Freckleton, J.R., 1992,
    Ground-water-flow modeling and optimization techniques applied to high-ground-water problems in San Bernardino, California in Selected papers in the hydrologic sciences, 1988-92 in Seymour Subitzky, ed., The hydrologic sciences: U.S. Geological Survey, Water Supply Paper 2340, p. 165-177.

    Hollett, K.J., Danskin, W.R., McCaffrey, W.F., and Walti, C.L., 1991,
    Geology and water resources of Owens Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2370—B, 77 p.

    Danskin, W.R., and Gorelick, S.M., 1985,
    A policy evaluation tool: Management of a multiaquifer system using controlled stream recharge: Water Resources Research, v. 21, no. 11, p. 1731-1747.

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