Professor Mount is best known for his work in river management and restoration in California, using science to guide policy. As a geologist he brings a unique perspective on water management, including the way we plan for floods, hydropower and water supply.
Professor Mount, who holds the Roy J. Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences, received the UC Davis Distinguished Public Service Award for his extensive engagement in California's water issues and the Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Teaching for his innovative river classes.
He is the former chairman of the CALFED Independent Science Board and a current member of its successor, the Delta Independent Science Board, which oversees research on water management and ecosystem problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He currently serves on the board of the non-profit American Rivers.
Professor Mount has written several books and journal articles, including a widely used textbook, California Rivers and Streams: the Conflict between Fluvial Process and Land Use. He and the Public Policy Institute of California co-authored three landmark publications on California water: Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; and Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation.