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Dr. Houser has actively guided his students and empowered them with the necessary skills to achieve their goals and become successful. As a teacher and mentor, he consistently takes actions to coordinate the talents of outstanding young scientists from diverse backgrounds and cultures, directing their efforts in the most effective way. He has mentored students from Australia, Belgium, South America, Europe and throughout the United States and no matter if they are high school interns or postdocs, advising individually, or in groups, Dr. Houser believes the greatest gift you can give others is to enable them to succeed, never be selfish about your ideas, and one good idea can benefit many. Dr. Houser carries out this philosophy by encouraging others to think, question, and go beyond to explore the fringes of science. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others, is not afraid of confronting the unknown, and pushes to search for answers to questions that still have not been addressed.

Dr. Houser has taught courses in principles of hydrology,  land-climate interactions, environmental remote sensing, hydrologic data assimilation, global water cycling, micrometeorological observation, and snow hydrology.  In addition, Dr. Houser is interested in developing coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in local to global land surface-atmospheric process observation (both in-situ and remotely-sensed), numerical hydrological simulation, the physical, spatial, and temporal interconnections between all the earth system components as they relate to the global water and energy cycles, water and energy processes at various scales including vadose zone, surface, and atmospheric interactions, regional land surface-atmospheric hydrologic modeling , and near surface soil moisture investigation.  Finally, Dr. Houser is especially interested in developing coursework on the application of cutting-edge science that bridges the gap between cutting-edge research and practical application to make a real contribution to society.

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Dr. Paul R. Houser

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Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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