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Thomas Jabusch, PhD

Environmental Scientist
Clean Water Program

Thomas Jabusch is an environmental scientist specializing in (1) water quality and environmental chemistry, (2) program development and planning, and (3) information and data synthesis. His interests are broadly related to the assessment and restoration of aquatic resources and making science useful and accessible to decision-makers and the public. Most of his current work focuses on the planning and implementation of a regional monitoring program for water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta RMP). Prior to joining SFEI, Dr. Jabusch investigated the environmental chemistry and fate of new generation herbicides in rice field conditions as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. Before moving to California, Dr. Jabusch was a Sea Grant Fellow at the Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor, MI, where he gained experience in water resources policy and strategic planning. He received a MS degree in Biology (Limnology) from the University of Freiburg, and a Ph.D. degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota.  His dissertation investigated PCB bioaccumulation in phytoplankton, and his MS research investigated trace metal uptake and toxicity in phytoplankton. 

Related Projects, News, and Events

NOAA remote sensing tools and application for evaluating CyanoHABs in California lakes (News)

There are thousands of lakes in the State of California. A number of these lakes are experiencing “harmful algal blooms” associated with cyanobacteria, or CyanoHABs. These blooms impact drinking water supplies and recreational safety, and have caused the deaths of numerous dogs and other domestic animals, as well as wildlife. Due to the number of lakes in the State, it would be a monumental task to conduct water quality monitoring sufficient to assess threats to animal and human health and to understand status and trends.

Grassland Bypass Project (Project)

This project continues to monitor impacts of the use of a portion of the San Luis Drain for conveyance of agricultural discharge. SFEI collects and disseminates data generated by the participating institutions. Monthly, quarterly, and (coming soon) annual data reports are currently presented on a web page for USBR and public data users. Narrative annual reports (coauthored by the various agencies) and other technical reports (or links to them) could be placed on the site as well in the future. The data generating participants retain ultimate ownership control of the data.


Pulse of the Delta receives Outstanding Environmental Project Award (News)

Friends of the Estuary selected Aquatic Science Center’s Pulse of the Delta for an Outstanding Environmental Project Award in the category of Public Involvement and Education. It is one of six projects awarded this year. Thomas Jabusch received the award at the 2011 State of the Estuary Conference on behalf of the production team. Nominated by Pamela Creedon, Executive Officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Board, the Pulse of the Delta was selected in part due to its promise to provide much needed water quality information to a diverse audience.

Central Valley Watershed Monitoring Directory (Project)

The Central Valley Watershed Monitoring Directory was built to promote and facilitate improved coordination of water monitoring across the basin and serves to: 1) Provide an up-to-date online directory for water quality monitoring programs in the Central Valley Basin; 2) Make it easier and less time consuming for regulatory agency staff and other monitoring groups and data users to find and track information about ongoing surface water monitoring activities in the basin; 3) Provide a low-maintenance, interactive online resource that can b

Environmental Data Upload and Visualization Tools presented at the 2010 NWQMC Conference (News)

Cristina Grosso presented some of SFEI's environmental data upload and visualization tools at the National Water Quality Monitoring Council's National Monitoring Conference in Denver, CO in April. She highlighted SFEI's data upload tools (online Data Checker and field data entry forms) and visualization tools (Web Query Tool, California Wetlands Portal, and Central Valley Monitoring Directory) in the session "Using Data Sharing as a Pathway to Collaboration".

State of San Francisco Bay 2011 Report (News)

Released at the State of the Estuary 2011 Conference, The State of San Francisco Bay 2011 presents a science-based assessment of the health of San Francisco Bay. The authors reviewed available data and developed methods for evaluating the status and trends of the Bay’s vital signs. By providing all interested parties with these results, the broader community can consider whether resource managers, regulators, and citizens are taking enough of the right actions to protect the Bay.