Dr. David Rheinheimer is currently a postdoctoral researcher with CITRIS at the University of California, Merced, in affiliation with the Banatao Institute @ CITRIS at UC Berkeley. David’s doctoral research at UC Davis was primarily on various aspects of hydropower system modeling and management in the Sierra Nevada, one of several focal regions for the water-energy-environment nexus in California. He also has postdoctoral experience in Wuhan University, China, where he researched energy-environment trade-offs for the Three Gorges Reservoir. David has previously worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the World Wildlife Fund on various projects related to water and environmental management, hydrology, and data management.
My research goals are to better understand how to balance the trade-offs between freshwater ecosystem functioning and traditional water management objectives by developing and using tools to operationalize environmental flows in water system operations models.