Matthew G. Heberger
Hydrologist, water scientist


  • PhD, Earth Science (remote sensing), Sorbonne University, 2024, Paris, France
  • MS, Water Resources Engineering, 2003 Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
  • BS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 1996, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Work Experience

San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, California, 2024–present
Hydrologist, watershed modeler

Paris Observatory, 2021 – 2023
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.

Volunteer Work

Founder, The Dokotoro Project

Gathered a group of volunteers and raised funds to have the book Where There Is No Doctor translated into Bambara, for use in West Africa.

Build a School in Africa

Webmaster, 2006-, Director, 2023 –

This is an incredible organization, founded by Judy Lorimer, a retired kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts. We have helped build over 30 schools in Mali, West Africa. When Judy passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in late 2023, the board asked me to take over as acting director.