Paul’s research combines physical and biological approaches to understand and quantify linkages between water, life, and biogeochemical cycles at scales from individual organisms to continents. The goal of these efforts is to simultaneously advance scientific understanding and rapidly transfer that new knowledge to better inform resource management and public policy.
Paul currently serves as the director of the Utah State Committee for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). He is the former director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA) at the University of Arizona. In addition to his academic career, he has worked for state and federal agencies, NGO’s, and environmental consulting and brings this applied focus to basic research questions.