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Chris Vernon

Chris Vernon

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Mr. Vernon is a staff scientist who focuses on geospatial research and development. He specializes in complex geospatial scripting and algorithm development utilizing Python; the creation of GUI add-ins used in GIS software; optimized data mining and analysis; data model creation; database architecture and management using MS SQL Server, MS Access and other DBMS; utilizing open-source GIS technology for advanced spatial analysis and 3D display and animation; geospatial analysis to determine pertinent habitat variables for integration with multivariate statistical models; and fluvial geomorphology.

Research Interests

  • Geospatial Information Sciences and Technology (GIST)
  • Database development and management
  • Application of GIS technologies to hydrologic and geomorphic processes
  • GPS data acquisition techniques
  • Graphic User Interface (GUI) development and design

Education and Credentials

  • Master of Geospatial Information Sciences and Technology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 2014
  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Portland State University, Portland, OR. 2012
  • B.S., Environmental Science: Geology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. 2010
  • A.A., Business Management, Western International University, Phoenix, AZ. 2006

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012 EERE Project Team of the Year Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2011 Outstanding Performance Award, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2010 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Outstanding Senior Award
  • 2009 Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

PNNL Publications

2015

  • Fowler KM, AHA Colotelo, JL Downs, KD Ham, JW Henderson, SA Montgomery, CR Vernon, and SA Parker. 2015. Simplified Processing Method for Meter Data AnalysisPNNL-24331, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Hejazi MI, N Voisin, L Liu, LM Bramer, DC Fortin, JE Hathaway, M Huang, GP Kyle, LYR Leung, H Li, Y Liu, PL Patel, TC Pulsipher, JS Rice, TK Tesfa, CR Vernon, and Y Zhou. 2015. "21st Century United States Emissions Mitigation Could Increase Water Stress more than the Climate Change it is Mitigating." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(34):10635-10640.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1421675112

2014

2013

Selected Publications

2013

  • Vernon CR, EV Arntzen, MC Richmond, RA McManamay, TP Hanrahan, and CL Rakowski. 2013. GIS framework for large river geomorphic classification to aid in the evaluation of flow-ecology relationships. PNNL-22296, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

2011

  • Geist DR, TP Hanrahan, CR Vernon, RP Mueller. 2011. Investigation of habitat modification in the Wanapum Dam tailrace to increase quantity of fall Chinook salmon spawning habitat. PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Ham KD, CR Vernon, and WA Haerer. 2011. Inventory and analysis of models to support ecosystem modeling analysis, Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 program: fish. PNWD-4300, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Ham KD, JL Downs, CA Duberstein, SS Hughes, CR Vernon, WA Haerer. 2011. Recommended approach for applying models of fish, wildlife, and cultural resources to support ecosystem modeling analysis, Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 program. PNWD-4308, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Hanrahan TP, and CR Vernon. 2011. Monitoring and assessment of the Grays River Gorley Springs restoration project: 2010 final report. PNNL-21028, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Mueller RP, and CR Vernon. 2011. Evaluation of fallback and reascension of fall Chinook salmon as it relates to escapement to the Hanford Reach. PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

2010

  • Hanrahan TP, CR Vernon, AP Levell, EV Arntzen. 2010. Monitoring and assessment of the Grays River Gorley Springs restoration project: 2009 annual progress report. PNNL-19716, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

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