Nels Bjarke completed his B.S. in Earth and Planetary Science in 2014 and M.S. of Earth and Planetary Science in 2019. Nels's previous research focused on climate variability and the impact of warming regional temperatures in the southwestern US on the relationship between snow-pack and subsequent runoff season streamflow. Currently, Nels is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Civil Engineering department at CU Boulder. Nels' current research focuses on evaluating the historical and future water-energy balance across the western US using historical meteorological datasets, hydrologic models, and projected global climate model simulations from CMIP6 to constrain uncertainty in the future of surface water availability.