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Dr. Thom Hardy Bio

Thomas B. Hardy, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer

Dr. Hardy holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and a B.S. in Secondary Education.  Dr. Hardy is a member and Certified Fisheries Scientist of the American Fisheries Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Photogrametry and Remote Sensing, the American Water Resources Association, the International Association for Hydraulic Research and the International Aquatic Modeling Group.  He is on the Executive Committee of the International Aquatic Modeling Group and President-Elect of the Ecohydraulics Section of the International Association for Hydraulic Research.  Dr. Hardy was the Associate Director of the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State for 10 years and was named as the first Fellow of the UWRL.  He was also a member of the National Academy of Science Committee that reviewed the Texas Instream Flow Program.  He is currently the Chief Science Officer of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.  Dr. Hardy oversees research on the development, testing, validation, and application of multi-disciplinary methodologies for impact assessments in water resource systems and in particular ecohydraulics and instream flow assessments.  He has accumulated extensive research and consulting experience since 1977 involving aquatic ecosystems modeling, trophic level dynamics, benthic and macro-invertebrate studies, river and reservoir water quantity and quality modeling, remote sensing and image processing.  He is a recognized national and international expert on instream flow modeling and multi-disciplinary impact assessments and has been a technical advisor to instream flow research programs in England, Japan, Korea, and Norway.