Matt is a Research Soil Scientist with the Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station in Davis, California. He is the former Team Leader for Water, Air, and Soil research at PSW and has worked for the Forest Service for 27 years as a research scientist and a forest ecologist. Matt has published on a variety of topics including long-term soil productivity; non-target effects of forestry herbicides on soil organisms; nitrogen fixation; and the resilience of forest soils to harvesting, fire, vegetation control, and climate change. His work in the Lake Tahoe Basin focuses on pile burning in riparian areas and its effect on soil heating, post-fire soil recovery, and off-site nutrient movement. His other current projects include assessments of forest restoration practices such as variable-density thinning and repeated prescribed fire on soil greenhouse gas production; biochar amendments to forest soils to improve soil quality and sequester carbon; and the long-term recovery of soil physical properties following harvesting-related compaction and organic matter removal. He is the lead editor on a book-in-progress examining global change and its impact on forest soils, and he is a visiting scholar at UC Davis where he has co-taught the undergraduate course Forests and Society for 10 years. Matt received his doctorate in Soil Microbiology from Oregon State University about 2,000 years ago.  For more information about Dr. Manley go to https://www.fs.fed.us/research/people/profile.php?alias=mbusse

Matt Busse

Ed Parvin

Edmund (Ed) Parvin joined the US Geological Survey, California Water Science Center as the Supervisory Hydrologist of the Truckee Field Office in 2014. Previously he served as a Hydrologist with the USGS in Anchorage AK. At the Truckee Field Office, Ed leads a team of five Hydrographers, who monitor and/or review data from over 270 hydrologic monitoring stations from Chico, south to Bishop. He received a BS in Environmental Science from Johnson State College in Vermont and Master of Science in Environmental Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He Served as the Southeast Regional Director of the American Water Resources Association-Alaska Section from 2011-2014.  Being relatively new to the Tahoe Area he is captivated with the various water quality and quantity matters that face the region and California as a whole.

Marc Pitchford

Dr. Marc Pitchford is the Executive Director of the Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute, a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. He was awarded a Ph.D. in from the University of Nevada Reno (1992). Prior to his current position he was a federal research scientist working for the Environmental Protection Agency and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Pitchford has been involved in air quality monitoring and assessment research since 1974. In particular his interests and experience has been in leading technical teams responsible for the design and management of extensive aerosol and visibility monitoring studies and networks. Dr. Pitchford has also acted as a visibility subject matter expert adviser to the US Environmental Protection Agency for the development and implementation of policy for visibility protection of national parks and wilderness areas, and for the review/revisions of the Secondary Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards. For more information about Dr. Pitchford go to http://www.dri.edu/directory/4793-marc-pitchford 

Scott Tyler

Scott Tyler is a Professor in the Dept. of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno.  His areas of research span a wide range of hydrology and environmental fluid dynamics. His research group focuses on water, solutes and energy fluxes in the subsurface, as well as their exchange into the atmosphere.  He strives to combine measurements and new measurement techniques with numerical simulations. In the past few years, much of Dr. Tyler’s research has included the use of fiber-optic sensing systems, particularly Raman backscatter distributed temperature sensing (DTS). With the ability to resolve at both temporal and spatial scales, his research team can investigate hydrologic and environmental phenomenon at much higher granularity. Along with his colleague John Selker from Oregon State University, they operate the National Science Foundation supported “Centers for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs” or CTEMPs; making DTS systems and training available to our hydrologic and earth science community. For more information about Dr. Tyler go to https://scottylerhydro.com/


Zach Hymanson 

Under the administrative management of the California Natural Resources Agency in conjunction with the direction of the chairs of the Bi-State Executive Committee, the program officer oversees the formation, and works collaboratively on ongoing implementation of the Bi-State Tahoe Science Advisory Council (Science Council). The Science Council is authorized under Senate Bill 630 (Pavley, 2013) to serve as an independent and non-regulatory body focused on providing objective research and scientific analysis to support policy-makers in California and Nevada. The program officer is a key staff member who will work collaboratively with a Nevada representative to support the Executive Committee co-chairs in their oversight of the Science Council, and in the deliberation of issues considered by the Committee. This position will help to identify and frame Science Council issues for Executive Committee consideration, and provide strategic input to the Executive Committee’s decision-making.