Francisco’s work combines hydrology, agricultural engineering, and water resources engineering for the development of new methods and tools to better understand and manage our water resources in a changing world, in the United States and internationally. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in project management as well as in executing projects.
He applies his technical, analytical and quantitative skills to modelling projects using SEI’s WEAP (Water Evaluation and Planning) system to address critical challenges related to water, energy, food security, and the environment for sustainable development. He conducts integrated analysis that supports decision-makers at various levels within organizations.
His primary field of expertise is in the implementation of the plant growth modelling (PGM) tool of SEI’s WEAP platform. Through the development of PGM, he focuses on the potential effects of climate change on the landscape – specifically, the impact of altered weather variables and increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations on biomass production, crop yields and irrigation/water demands in cultivated and non-cultivated landscapes.
Francisco has worked extensively on water resources systems in California, Latin America, Africa, and in the Middle East, and is interested in developing additional collaborations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked for the Mexico Country Program of the International Water Management Institute on various projects of applied water resources engineering.
He has a Ph.D. in soil and water engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in water resources engineering from the Colegio de Postgraduados, in Mexico, and a B.S. in agricultural engineering, with specialization in irrigation, from the Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, in Mexico. His doctoral research included analysis of groundwater and stream flow pollutant transport using hydrological models. He is fully bilingual (English / Spanish).