Associate Environmental Scientist
Clean Water Program
Resilient Landscapes Program
Watershed Science & Management
David Peterson is an Associate Environmental Scientist for the Resilient Landscapes and Clean Water programs at SFEI. He is a fluvial geomorphologist by training and primarily works on watershed-scale analyses of sediment sources, riparian and wetland condition, large wood, water quality, and landscape-scale drivers of aquatic and riverine ecology.
David received a B.S. in Water Resources at University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point and an M.S. in Watershed Science at Colorado State University, where he used crowd-sourced data to model flow duration in headwater streams across the Front Range to improve flow classifications of non-perennial streams. Prior to joining SFEI, David worked with the U.S. Forest Service PIBO Monitoring Program assessing bull trout and steelhead habitat across the Pacific Northwest.