Dr. Jake Kurzweil

Dr. Jake Kurzweil
Adjunct Instructor of Environment and Sustainability


  • Watershed hydrology
  • Snow science
  • Fire ecology
  • Remote sensing
  • Process-based restoration
  • STEM education
  • Backcountry snowboarding 
  • Mountain biking
  • Playing the banjo


  • B.S., Cum Laude, Environmental Science and Sociology, University of Oregon, 2012
  • M.S., Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, 2018
  • Ph.D., Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, 2021


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About Dr. Jake Kurzweil

Jake Kurzweil is an ecohydrologist who’s research focuses on creating climate resilient ecosystems and water supplies. Jake received his B.S. from the University of Oregon in both Environmental Science and Sociology and shortly after began a career in environmental stewardship. Jake worked as a science educator, ornithologist, and natural resource program manager before returning for his master’s and PhD in Hydrologic Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (Mines).

Jake's research has included creating and implementing monitoring protocols for freshwater springs, understanding the observed hydrologic response to wildfire mitigation, and modeling possible impacts of climate and forest change on hydrologic systems. Jake has expertise in watershed and snow science, statistical analysis, computer modeling, geospatial and remote sensing analysis, and wetland ecology. Jake is also incredibly passionate about community outreach and STEM education.

When Jake is not working, he is typically playing in the ecosystems and communities he serves. On a day off you can find Jake in the alpine snowboarding, biking, or climbing with his Wife Hannah and big dog Luna.