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James Tindall

Res. Hydrologist

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James Tindall, Ph.D.

Dr. Tindall was raised on Big Cypress Reservation in the Florida Everglades and has worked in a variety of positions including: Strategist; Chief Technology Officer; Scientist for the USGS National Research Program; and as Vice President for a large consulting firm. A veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the military intelligence field, he holds B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and M.A. degrees - the latter and most recent in International Security Studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. In addition to work at the USGS, he has performed extensive work in science and technologies relevant to global security issues such as deconvolution processes to identify plant types from airborne platforms for drug enforcement, strategic sustainability, and sector interdependencies involving water, energy, agriculture and food, commodity supply lines, other key resources, and even effects of primary, secondary, and tertiary targeting. His work also has included intelligence, forecasting resource changes, security strategy, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, operational resiliency, and continuity of operations at country and global scales, especially related to economic effects due to cascading failures of large systems. Dr. Tindall also has participated in the Middle East Peace Process and worked extensively in these areas nationally, in China, Europe (Germany, Hungary, and Romania), and Latin America in El Salvador, as well as large city governments in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Nicaragua and has worked in over 40 countries. He served as a technical advisor for Romania on environmental protocols in that country’s attempt to join the European Union, which was successful in January 2007. Academically, he has served as major professor and chair for 32 graduate students who received their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under his tutelage, as well as multple others serving as their co-chair, and also currently directs 15 additional Doctoral students, has mentored over 1,000 upper level and graduate students, advised more than 400 professionals, directed over 300 PhD personnel and highly technically specialized individuals, and run budgets as high as $450 million. In the spirit of entrepreneurship, he also has founded and run several small businesses. His friends fondly refer to him as the man who never sleeps; to others his is simply the 'fix-it-man.'

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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.  

Many others to be listed soon.

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 programs and solutions for critical global-resource issues and strategic sustainability involving water, energy, agriculture and food, and critical infrastructure as related to national and homeland security, economics, and internationally related problems. The work also embraces intelligence issues, forecasting resource changes, security strategy, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment, operational resiliency, and continuity of operations at country and global scales, 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 of large systems. 

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, 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 of water, food, and energy sectors. Work involves extensive foreign travel and efforts with lesser and developed countries and their respective cultures ad well as internatinoal 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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