Tom Bellinger

Degree: Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Department: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Tom Bellinger


Climatology Environment Forensics/Crime Scene Investigation Global Warming/Climate Change/Meteorology Military Veteran Science Water


  • Hydrology
  • Snow hydrology
  • Forensic hydrology (Criminal Investigations with hydrologic considerations)
  • Water law
  • Environmental policy
  • Hydrologic modeling


Thomas R. Bellinger, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Bellinger has over 35 years of experience in the areas of watershed hydrology, hydrologic modeling, military remote sensing technology with regard to water/natural resources and federal (Native American) water right negotiations. He currently serves as a technical advisor (hydrology) with the Department of Interior/USAID International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) and is an active team member working with the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment). Bellinger retired as the principal hydrologist from the Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Service Center in Denver in 2008 and joined MSU Denver as a visiting professor. He also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in Denver and the former Reclamation Southwest Regional office in Amarillo, Texas. He is also a retired Navy Veteran.

Bellinger currently serves as a hydrologist with NecroSearch International (NSI). In the Navy, he served as a cryptologic technician, a naval intelligence officer and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is a member of several professional associations and has authored a variety of journal articles, research papers and government reports on several aspects of the hydrologic and water sciences.

Bellinger received his doctorate in organizational management and leadership with a focus on water resources from University of Phoenix in 2008, a master’s in forest influences with a hydrology concentration and a bachelor’s in resources management and forestry from The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York in 1982 and 1978 respectfully. He is a certified professional hydrologist through the American Institute of Hydrology.

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