Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson at ECNUUnited States
Watershed Science

Glenn was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. During his senior year in high school, he was an American Field Service exchange student near Copehagen, Denmark. He earned a B.A. in biology at the University of Chicago, and an M.S. in watershed management from the University of Arizona. He worked for 30 years as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1993 he served a short-term detail to Slovakia pertaining to hydrologic instrumentation. His primary interests while at the USGS included drinking water, watershed management, water quality, lakes, estuaries, and sedimentation.

After retiring from the USGS in 2007, Glenn became affiliated with CSU, working as a research associate in Civil Engineering, assigned to the National Park Service. He also began developing and teaching online courses related to water. In 2010, he was admitted to the Ph.D. program in watershed science, working with Dr. Steven Fassnacht. Glenn’s dissertation topic pertains to long-term trends in snow accumulation and melt in Rocky Mountain National Park. Glenn has also been involved in international water issues at CSU. In 2012 he joined a small delegation from CSU to China to conduct a watershed assessment of Lake Wuliangsu in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In 2014 he became part-time coordinator for Water and Environmental Sustainability at the Confucius Institute at CSU. In this position he has helped to organize three bilateral symposia on water issues, in Fort Collins, Shanghai, and Wuhan. He is also helping to foster collaborations between researchers at CSU and at partner universities in China pertaining to water issues. Recently Glenn has joined the CSU International Water Work Group under the auspices of the CSU Water Center.

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