Dr. Norman Pelak joined HRC as a Hydroclimatologist in 2023. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2013 and his M.S. (2016) and Ph.D. (2019) in Environmental Engineering from Duke University, where his research focused on the optimal management of soil and water resources in ecohydrological systems. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at the University of California-Merced from 2019 to 2023, where he studied changes in mountain hydrology under future climate scenarios, and also taught in the Applied Mathematics Department. His research interests and project involvement at HRC include evaluating the performance of seasonal-to-subseasonal forecast models, probabilistic forecasting, improving precipitation and impaired flow estimates, and assessing the impacts of climate change on heat waves and other extreme events.


Email: npelak@hrcwater.org