Stephen spent most of his youth in central Florida, where he was frequently found swimming or fishing in some body of water. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). While at Florida, Stephen performed research optimizing remediation of groundwater contamination at a former NASA site. Additionally, he worked in a Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences lab focusing on ecological monitoring through water chemistry analyses and field surveys. A strong desire to move west and focus on western water issues brought Stephen to Colorado State University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering focusing on river mechanics, hydraulics, and stream restoration with Dr. Brian Bledsoe. Stephen is currently finishing his Ph.D. at CSU. His research at CSU has involved improving the science behind environmental streamflow criteria development and implementation. He is creating a general hydrological modeling framework for improving the estimation of ecological streamflow components. Stephen has interests in hydrological modeling, ungaged watersheds, streamflow-ecology interactions, green infrastructure, and urbanization. He hopes to spend his career merging ecological considerations with stream and water resource management in the west. In his free time, Stephen most enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and hiking, camping, fishing, and exploring beautiful Colorado in the summer.