Susie Bresney

Staff Scientist

Davis, CA
skype: bresney1
+1 (530) 753-3035

Susie joined SEI in November 2016 as a Staff Scientist in the Water Group, based in Davis, CA. Her work focuses on water resource modeling and planning under future uncertainty.

Susie’s research interests include using data-driven tools in combination with stakeholder engagement to find solutions to water resource management issues, which benefit both the environment and the people living in it. She works extensively with SEI’s Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, as well as ArcGIS and other modelling software.

Her projects include working with Yolo County entities to investigate how stormwater management actions can relieve winter flooding and improve groundwater storage, and supporting the development of the Sacramento Water Allocation Model (SacWAM).

Susie earned her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and her B.S. in Environmental Geoscience from Boston College. Her master’s research, conducted in collaboration with SEI and its partners, took a systems engineering approach to investigating the impacts to river streamflow and connectivity resulting from large and small hydropower development in the Magdalena River, Colombia. Prior to joining SEI staff, she worked as an intern in SEI’s Somerville, MA office.

Other professional experience includes collecting geomorphic field data, estimating greenhouse gas emissions and fluxes resulting from wetland restoration, researching the impacts of nitrogen concentrations on wetland greenhouse gas emissions in the field, and field mapping springs in the high mountain desert. In her free time, Susie enjoys anything outdoors as well as contemporary and aerial dance.

Recent Publications by Susie Bresney


How governance affects participation: Insights from water resources planning projects in Colombia and Peru

SEI Discussion Brief

Author(s): Bresney, S. ; Escobar, M. ; Moncada Aguirre, A.M.
Year: 2017

Research Area(s): Water Resources


This brief explores how the design of water resources governance systems in Colombia and Peru affect stakeholder participation, drawing on insights from SEI projects in both countries.

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