Matthew G. Heberger
Hydrologist, water scientist


  • PhD candidate, Sorbonne University, 2023, Paris, France
  • MS, Water Resources Engineering, 2003 Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
  • BS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 1996, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Work Experience

Paris Observatory, 2021 – present
Doctoral candidate

  • Dissertation title: “Improving estimates of the global water cycle with satellite remote sensing and neural network modeling.”
  • Wrote proposal to the European Space Agency, awarded 150,000 € contract.

San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, California, 2017–2021
Environmental Scientist

  • Responsible for management of the Regional Monitoring Program for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, water supply for 25 million Californians.
  • Managed finances, subcontracts, and invoices for project with over $1 million annual budget.
  • Planned and coordinated field sampling, data management, and scientific analyses of pesticides, toxicity, mercury, and nutrients.
  • Facilitated dozens of meetings per year with diverse group of stakeholders.

Pacific Institute, Oakland, California 2007–2016
Senior Research Associate

  • Conducted scientific and policy analysis for projects on health, environment,
    urban and agricultural water use, and conservation.
  • Developed custom apps and modeling tools to analyze water utility operations,
    impacts of climate change, and water conservation and efficiency.
  • Wrote successful grant proposals for half million-dollar projects.

Camp Dresser & McKee, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2003–2007
Water Resources Engineer

  • Performed a range of hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality engineering analyses.
  • Wrote technical reports and proposals.
  • Managed budgets and supervised junior engineers.
  • Gave presentations to and met with local, state, and federal clients.

Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 2001–2003
Research Assistant

  • Technical and administrative responsibility for the project Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling on the Mystic River, including installing and maintaining five continuous water quality monitoring stations.

Intl. Network on Participatory Irrigation Management, Washington, DC 1999–2001

  • Responsible for all aspects of running a small international non-profit organization.
  • Organized seminars for 200+ participants from over 20 countries and 5 continents.

United States Peace Corps, Wakoro, Mali 1996–1998
Water and Sanitation Extension Agent

  • Wrote grant proposals for small development projects and administered project funds.
  • Ran village development projects in water supply, hygiene, gardening, and nutrition.