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James Tindall

Res. Hydrologist

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James Tindall, Ph.D.

Dr. Tindall was raised on Big Cypress Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades; you might say he has been immersed in water all his life. He has worked in a variety of positions (Strategist; Technical Projects Director, Chief Technology Officer; Scientist for the USGS National Research Program; and as Vice President for a large consulting firm). He holds B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees (the latter and most recent in International Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School). His current work involves research and leadership incorporating a 3D and systems-thinking approach of the water-energy-food nexus (WEFN), which works across the 7 mission areas of the USDOI-USGS and also includes economics, policy, public health, engineering and technology, socioeconomics, STEM, environmental sustainability, resiliency, climate variabilty (particularly drought), Homeland Security (from sustainability and resiliency to physical processes), and critical infrastructure. He has served as team lead in the Middle East Peace Process working in water and energy resources and solutions and worked also extensively in these areas internationally. Additionally, he served as a technical advisor for Romania on environmental policy and pollution protocols for that country’s attempt to join the European Union, which was successful in January 2007. 

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Tindall, James A., and Abraham Chen. 2014. Variables that affect agricultural chemical in groundwater in Nebraska. Water Air Soil Pollution: 225(2):1862 (18 p); DOI 10.1007/s11270-013-1862-0

Tindall, James A., and Burch, James A. 2014. Potential Risks to U.S. National Security Subsequent to Failure of Hoover Dam. Journal of Water and Energy Security, March, 1(2).

Tindall, James and Burch, James. 2014. A Global Water Assessment. Journal of Water and Energy Security, January, 1(1): 10-46.

Hussin, Aqeil, James Tindall and Edward Moran, 2012. Water Security and Interconnected Challenges in Libya. TinMore Institute Research Report WS121027. 

Tindall, James A., and Andrew A. Campbell. 2010. Water Security: Conflicts, Threats, PoliciesDTP Publishers. 

Tindall, J.A., J.R. Kunkel, and D.E. Anderson.  1999.  Unsaturated Zone Hydrology for Scientists and Engineers.  Prentice Hall.  Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 625 pp.  I wrote chapters 1-8, 10, chapter sections 11.3-11.6, chapter section 12.2, chapter sections 14.1 and 14.5, chapter 16, Appendixes 1-3, symbols tables, and references sections. Book is currently sold out (sold 10,000 copies from first printing). Currently out of print. Second edition in process. Available complimentary.

Tindall, James A., and Campbell, Andrew A. “Water Security—Nation State and International Security Implications.” Disaster Management, VOL 2(2), April 2009, pp 16-25. Available at

Friedel, M.J., and Tindall, J.A., Soil and water pollution derived from mining activities in the Aries River Basin, Romania. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.

Tindall, J.A., and Campbell, A.A., 2010, Water security—National and global issues: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3106, 6 p.  

Above is a partial listing; many others to be listed as time allows.

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A Water Census of the United States

Climate Variability & Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

Data Integration & Interoperability

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

Plan and develop national program(s) and solutions for critical global-resource issues and strategic sustainability involving water, energy, and agriculture/food, as well as critical infrastructure issues related to national and homeland security, economics, and related areas and problems for population sustainability. The work embraces forecasting resource changes, security strategies, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, and sustainability and resiliency at local, national and global scales that are especially related to economic effects, human health, and security due to cascading failures of large systems. These efforts inherently require policy development, strategy and recommendations, and related factors concerned with the overall economic effects, environmental systems sustainability, policy and governance, and emerging technologies. The work also promotes an interdisciplinary approach involving innovation and collaboration to analyze water-related technical, economic, public health, and policy issues at small to local to international scale.

This work is accomplished through applying 3D and systems thinking approaches coupled with strategic analysis and sustainability methodologies across multiple agency missions and private industry segments and with cooperating departments and agencies in the Federal Government, as well as local, state, university, Tribal, and international partners for the development of solutions and policy for complex problems. Of particular interest are problems relating to sustainability and resiliency, economic development, and forecasting processes of water, food, and energy sectors. Also involved is extensive foreign travel and efforts with lesser and developed countries and their respective cultures as well as international engagement and education with multiple cooperating governments and universities.

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James Tindall
W 6th Ave Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80225
303-236-5034 - Fax
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