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Eric Hersh


Degrees: PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (in progress)
  MS, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2007)
  BS, Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies, Tufts University (2001)


Born September 27, 1979 in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Eric attended The Hopkins School in New Haven, CT then Tufts University in Medford, MA.  Eric worked as a water resource engineering consultant in Norwood, MA for GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. from 2001 through 2005, then completed a through-hike of the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine before beginning graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin in August 2005. 


Ericís research focuses on the growing field of instream or environmental flows, the amount of water left in or put back into a river system to balance the needs of the system in a manner protective of the environment.  His work has included:

  • An assessment of hydrologic alteration software (such as IHA and HAT) for use in the Texas Instream Flow Program

  • The development of an integrated stream classification system for Texas

  • Future work will focus on the development of an Environmental Flows Information System and data model as a means to store and make available relevant data in a consistent and accessible format.