Adam Schreiner-McGraw

Climate smart agriculture | Ecohydrology | Numerical Modeling

Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS, Crop Systems and Water Quality Research Unit

Email: adam.schreiner-mcgraw [at] usda.gov

ORCiD Link: 0000-0003-3424-9202

Google Scholar Link: Adam Schreiner-McGraw

Hi, I’m Adam Schreiner-McGraw. I am a Research Hydrologist for the USDA-ARS, located in Columbia, Missouri. I am interested in developing sustainable water management practices and developing a deeper understanding of how human activity affects water in the complex coupling of the hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic cycles.

I grew up in the small town of Philomath, Oregon where logging, fishing, and agricultural industries were competing for and modifying water resources. This sparked my passion to understand how human activity (such as a clearcut) can affect water quantity and quality. I began my academic career at the University of Oregon where I earned a Bachelors of Science with a major in Environmental Geosciences.

From there, I continued my studies at Arizona State University, where I completed a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Enrique Vivoni. My doctoral research focused on quantifying focused groundwater recharge in ephemeral streams and how climate change and land-use practices impacted groundwater. I was a USDA/NIFA EWD fellow and a Jornada LTER fellow during my PhD and worked at both the Santa Rita Experimental Range and the Jornada Experimental Range.

I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside working with Dr. Hoori Ajami. We built an integrated surface-groundwater hydrologic model of the California Central Valley and the adjacent Sierra Nevada Mountains to investigate how climate change and land-use change might affect groundwater resources in this important agricultural region. 

I currently serve as a research hydrologist with the Crop Systems and Water Quality Research Unit of the USDA-ARS, located in Columbia, MO. Our primary work is related to the Central Mississippi River Basin LTAR site (The Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (usda.gov)). I am interested in understanding how cropping practices influence water resources in the U.S. Corn Belt, as well as understanding the role of groundwater in controlling crop yield and carbon cycles.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my wife and dog, mountain bike, rock climb, read, and explore new places. I am always interested in making new connections, mentoring young scientists, and exploring opportunities for collaboration. I would love to hear from you!

My wife and I are pictured in sunglasses along with our dog, an adorable golden retriever mix we rescued.

Email: adam.schreiner-mcgraw [at] usda.gov

ORCiD: 0000-0003-3424-9202

Google Scholar: Adam Schreiner-McGraw

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