Dr. David Hill
David Hill is a professor at Oregon State University and a National Geographic Explorer. He has degrees in aerospace engineering (UIUC) and civil and environmental engineering (UC Berkeley). For over 25 years, he has studied how water behaves from snowy mountain headwaters to the coast. He collaborates with other scientists interested in water’s response to climate drivers and works with stakeholders to provide information on water resources. Hill is one of the founders of the Community Snow Observations project, which teams up with backcountry enthusiasts and professionals to improve models of snow distribution in mountain environments. Hill has also twice been an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. No matter the hemisphere, if it is springtime, you’ll find him out on skis sampling the snow between mountain summit and trailhead.