Brad Barnhart, Ph.D.

Project Leader, Northern Regional Coordinator
Location: Middleton, WI


Dr. Brad Barnhart is a research scientist with broad interests in environmental physics, forest ecology, watershed and water quality, economic index theory, efficiency and productivity, multi-objective optimization, and decision support. Brad’s current projects cover a variety of topics that involve water, ranging from performing statistical analyses, modeling current and future environmental phenomena, building tools to better understand hydrology and water quality, and improving the efficient use of water resources. Brad joined NCASI Staff in 2018; he also serves as a Courtesy Faculty with Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics in Corvallis, OR.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • M.S., Physics, University of Iowa
  • B.S., Physics (Honors) and Astronomy, University of Iowa

Research capabilities and/or focus areas

Water resources, statistical and mechanistic modeling, economics, optimization, decision support

Awards and Career Highlights

  • 2022 Northwest Pulp and Paper Association Outstanding Partner Award
  • 2018 U.S. EPA Office of Research Development (ORD) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), Western Ecology Division (WED) EEB Outstanding Performance Award
  • 2017 U.S. EPA ORD NHEERL WED Division Honor Award
  • 2013 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Performance Award
  • 2012 USDA ARS Performance Award
Phone: (541) 249-3981