Brian S. Caruso, Ph.D., P.E., Director 


  • Over 20 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering, science, planning and management including consulting, government, and academia.  I have been responsible for managing over 30 multidisciplinary professional staff and $10 million annually in projects.

  • Currently Associate Professor in Dept. of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Chief of the Wetlands and Watersheds Unit/Supervisory Environmental Scientist, and Technical Liaison/ Environmental Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 and Office of Research and Development in Denver, Colorado from 2004-2009.

  • Director of Technical Services, a member of the Executive Management Team, for natural resources science, engineering, and management with the Otago Regional Council in Dunedin, New Zealand from 1996-2000. 

  • Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources/Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.

  • 15 years of consulting engineering and management experience throughout the western US and internationally.

  • Associate Editor for Riparian Ecology and Management for the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, with 35 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and over 50 technical consulting reports.

  • Secured over $5 million in consulting contracts and research grants. 

  • Expertise in surface and groundwater hydrology/water quality; hydrologic, hydraulic and contaminant fate and transport modelling; environmental assessment/impact analysis; wetlands and riparian ecology and management; floodplain management; risk analysis; nonpoint source pollution and stormwater management/best management practices; contaminated sites and mine site investigation and remediation; hydropower/energy development and impact mitigation; and ecosystem restoration. 


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