About

Jay Famiglietti by Sadie Goff

Jay Famiglietti in Sierra Madre, California, February, 2018. Photo by Sadie Goff.

Jay Famiglietti is a professor, a hydrologist and a science communicator. He is currently serving as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.   In 2013 he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California State Water Boards.

Jay will join the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in July 2018, where he will hold the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing, and where he will serve as Director of the Global Institute for Water Security and as a Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability and in the Department of Geography and Planning.

Until July 2016 he was a professor of Earth System Science and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling. Before joining UCI in 2001, Jay was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at Austin, where he helped launch the program in climate and the UT Environmental Science Institute .

Jay and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change — in academics, in business, in government and to the general public — for over 30 years.   He appeared as a featured expert in Participant Media’s water documentary Last Call at the Oasis, on CBS News 60 Minutes, and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Jay is a frequent speaker and he is an avid writer for the general public.  His research and commentary are often featured in the international news media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Economist,  and in network, cable and public television news.  Jay is a regular guest on National Public Radio, BBC Radio and other public radio shows.

Other of Jay’s film and television credits include Jigsaw Productions‘ documentary “Water and Power: A California Heist,” VICE and Years of Living Dangerously.  He was a story consultant on the  National Geographic Channel water documentary series called “Parched.”

In 2018 Jay is working with KEO Films and PBS on water documentary projects. He continues to work on his first book on the disappearance of groundwater resources the world over.

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