Earth Scientist
Earth Scientist


Vincent Tidwell is a chief scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has decades of experience conducting and managing research on basic and applied projects in water-resource management, collaborative modeling, and the energy-water nexus. He played a lead role in realizing the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy-Water Nexus Crosscut Team. In addition, Tidwell served on former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Blue Ribbon Task Force on water and was a co-author for the Water, Energy and Land Use chapter in the 2014 National Climate Assessment and the Energy chapter in the 2018 National Climate Assessment. Recently, Tidwell led a multi-institutional team to integrate water into long-term transmission planning in the United States. He and colleagues are combining critical infrastructure protection models with climate-integrated assessment models to evaluate the resilience of our nation’s infrastructure.

Research Interest

  • Hydrology and water resources
  • Multisectoral dynamics
  • Climate assessment


  • PhD, Earth and environmental science, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1999
  • MS, hydrology, University of Arizona, 1988
  • BS, geology, University of Texas at Arlington, 1985

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the New Mexico Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on water. Board assisted the New Mexico Executive and Legislative Branches on water policy issues facing the state (2007–2011)
  • American Geophysical Union (1988–Present)
  • Living Water International, a Christian organization that assists the impoverished in developing safe and sanitary drinking water (1999–Present)
  • New Mexico Chapter Board Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (2010–2018)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2016 George I. Treyz Award for Excellence in Economic and Demographic Analysis for work related to High Plain Resource Risk and Economic Impacts, REMI, August 2016
  • Environmental Science and Technology First Runner Up Best Paper in Environmental Technology, 2014
  • SNL Laboratory President Outstanding Contribution Award, December 2013
  • The Environmental and Water Resources Institute Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 2012 Honorable Mention Paper
  • SNL Employee Recognition Award, Biofuels Deployment Modeling Team, 2009
  • SNL Geosciences award for Technical Excellence, 2003



  • Cohen, S.M., Dyreson, A., Turner, S., Tidwell, V.C., Voisin, N., Miara, A. (2022). A multi-model framework for assessing long- and short-term climate influences on the electric grid. Applied Energy, 317.
  • Ferencz, S. B., & Tidwell, V. C. (2022). Physical Controls on Irrigation Return Flow Contributions to Stream Flow in Irrigated Alluvial Valleys. Front. Water 4: 828099. doi: 10.3389/frwa.


  • Turner, S. W., Nelson, K., Voisin, N., Tidwell, V., Miara, A., Dyreson, A., ... & Kao, S. C. (2021). A multi-reservoir model for projecting drought impacts on thermoelectric disruption risk across the Texas power grid. Energy, 231.
  • Yadav, K., Geli, H., Cibilis, A.F., Hayes, M., Fernald, A., Peach, J., Sawalhah, M.N., Tidwell, V.C., Johnson, L.E., Zaied, A.J., and Gedefaw, M.G., 2021. An integrated food, energy, water nexus human wellbeing and resilience (FEW-WISE) Framework: New Mexico. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, 165. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.667018
  • Tidwell, V.C., Gunda, T. and Gayoso, N., (2021). Plant-level characteristics could aid in the assessment of water-related threats to the electric power sector. Applied Energy, (282).


  • Yang, Y. E., Son, K., Hung, F., & Tidwell, V. (2020). Impact of climate change on Bai, Y., Fernald, A., Tidwell, V., & Gunda, T. (2019). Reduced and Earlier Snowmelt Runoff Impacts Traditional Irrigation Systems. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, (168), 10-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1936-704x.2019.03318.x


  • Miara, A., Cohen, S.M., Macknick, J., Vorosmarty, C.J., Corsi, F., Sun, Y., Tidwell, V.C., Newmark, R.  and Fekete B.M. (2019). Climate-Water Adaptation for Future US Electricity Infrastructure. Environmental Science &Technology.
  • Bennett, K.E., Tidwell, V.C., Llewellyn, D., Behery, S., Barrett, L., Stansbury, M. and Middleton, R.S. (2019) Threats to a Colorado River provisioning basin under climate and societal scenarios. Environ. Res. Commun. (1), doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/ab4028
  • Voisin, N., Tidwell, V., Kintner-Meyer, M., & Boltz, F. (2019). Planning for sustained water-electricity resilience over the U.S.: Persistence of current water-electricity operations and long-term transformative plans. Water Security, 7.
  • Hyun, J. Y., Huang, S. Y., Yang, Y. C. E., Tidwell, V., & Macknick, J. (2019). Using a coupled agent-based modeling approach to analyze the role of risk perception in water management decisions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23(5), 2261-2278.
  • Gunda, T., & Tidwell, V. C. (2019). A Uniform Practice for Conceptualizing and Communicating Food‐Energy‐Water Nexus Studies. Earth's Future, 7(5), 504-515.
  • Tidwell, V., Shaneyfelt, C., Cauthen, K., Klise, G., Fields, F., Clement, Z., & Bauer, D. (2019). Implications of Power Plant Idling and Cycling on Water Use Intensity. Environmental science & technology, 53(8), 4657-4666.
  • Tidwell, V. C., Lowry, T. S., Binning, D., Graves, J., Peplinski, W. J., & Mitchell, R. (2019). Framework for shared drinking water risk assessment. International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 24, 37-47.
  • Naugle, A. B., Backus, G. A., Tidwell, V. C., Kistin-Keller, E., & Villa, D. L. (2019). A Regional Model of Climate Change and Human Migration. International Journal of System Dynamics Applications (IJSDA), 8(1), 1-22. adaptive management decisions in the face of water scarcity. Journal of Hydrology, 125015.


  • Zamuda, C., D.E. Bilello, G. Conzelmann, E. Mecray, A. Satsangi, V. Tidwell, and B.J. Walker, 2018: Energy Supply, Delivery, and Demand. In Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II [Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K.L.M. Lewis, T.K. Maycock, and B.C. Stewart (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA.
  •  Gunda, T., Turner, B. L., & Tidwell, V. C. (2018). The influential role of sociocultural feedbacks on community‐managed irrigation system behaviors during times of water stress. Water Resources Research, 54(4), 2697-2714.
  •  Miara, A., Vörösmarty, C. J., Macknick, J. E., Tidwell, V. C., Fekete, B., Corsi, F., & Newmark, R. (2018). Thermal pollution impacts on rivers and power supply in the Mississippi River watershed. Environmental Research Letters, 13(3), 034033.
  •  Zemlick, K., Kalhor, E., Thomson, B. M., Chermak, J. M., Graham, E. J. S., & Tidwell, V. C. (2018). Mapping the energy footprint of produced water management in New Mexico. Environmental Research Letters, 13(2), 024008.
  •  Tidwell, V. C., Moreland, B. D., Shaneyfelt, C. R., & Kobos, P. (2018). Mapping water availability, cost and projected consumptive use in the eastern United States with comparisons to the west. Environmental Research Letters, 13(1), 014023.