Jon graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management. After graduating, he worked as a data analyst at Global Footprint Network. In 2016, Jon returned to UC Davis as a staff researcher at the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE), and went on to complete dual M.S. degrees in both Energy Systems and Agricultural and Resource Economics in June 2019. As a Ph.D. student, he will continue to work with CWEE on projects related to the water-energy nexus. Specifically, he plans to focus on developing new methods to better understand the relationship between water conservation and energy efficiency in residential, agricultural, and commercial settings.
Jon continued his research as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis under Dr. Frank Loge. He worked on a project funded by the Department of Water Resources to develop a novel approach to estimating agricultural groundwater withdrawals on a large scale. Current estimates of groundwater extraction, such as C2VSIM, are heavily dependent on climate-based estimates of crop water demand, and do not take into account farmer behavior. Well pump electricity demand, however, directly corresponds to water consumption. The relationship between electricity demand and water extraction is dependent on several well characteristics, such as groundwater depth and pump efficiency. The majority of his research focused on different methods of estimating these characteristics using existing, publicly available datasets.
Jon continued his research at the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis under Dr. Frank Loge. He worked on a project funded by the Department of Water Resources to quantify the water, energy, and greenhouse gas savings that occur as the result of water conservation projects. His research incorporates econometric analysis to generate observational estimates of the impact of a water conservation program, as well as engineering assessments to link water savings at the household level to energy and greenhouse gas reduction from the water distribution system.