Stephen R. Maples received a B.S. in Geological Engineering and and M.S. in Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Upon graduating with his M.S., Stephen began working as a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nevada Water Science Center in Carson City, NV. His research with the USGS focuses on issues related to water quality and water availability in Nevada, including studies of contaminant migration from a radioactive waste disposal facility and the effects of groundwater pumping on surface water supplies in the Truckee River, NV. Stephen began a PhD program in hydrology at the University of California, Davis in the Fall of 2014 under the guidance of Dr. Graham Fogg. His research at UC Davis focuses on assessing the vulnerability of California groundwater resources under climate change and improving estimates of agricultural groundwater pumping in the Central Valley. Stephen's research includes the emerging field of hydroclimatology, wherein numerical computer models are used to explore feedbacks between terrestrial stores of water and the atmosphere. His research is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship and Graduate Research Fellowship Programs."