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David RussDavid Russ
Regional Director, Northeast, USGS


As Regional Director for the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Region, Dr. David P. Russ is located at USGS headquarters and leads 11 USGS science centers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England. He serves as the senior USGS lead for planning and interagency coordination of studies in response to Hurricane Sandy, is a member of the Principal?s Staff Committee of the Chesapeake Bay program, and coordinates USGS participation with the Susquehanna River and Delaware River Basin Commissions. He chairs the advisory committee of the Northeast Climate Science Center.

On a national level, Dr. Russ serves on the interagency steering committee to develop and implement a Federal multiagency research strategy for unconventional oil and gas resources related to hydraulic fracturing and he is overseeing the development of an interagency plan to study the potential effects of Appalachian shale gas production on the environment. He represents the USGS in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and serves as the partnership?s Federal ?ambassador? to the Bronx-Harlem Rivers partnership.

Career History and Highlights:

From 1970-1972, Dr. Russ served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Dr. Russ began his career with the USGS in 1975 conducting research and coordinating USGS earthquake projects in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in the Mississippi Valley. Much of his efforts centered on defining the hazards and determining the recurrence rates of earthquakes in the Central United States. He has also conducted earthquake research in China and Europe. In 1982, Dr. Russ became the Deputy Chief of the USGS Office of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Engineering in Reston, Virginia, where he coordinated Earthquake Programs and managed international earthquake projects. In 1987 Dr. Russ was selected as the Assistant Chief Geologist, a position in the Senior Executive Service, where he developed new programs in climate history, coastal geology, deep continental studies, and scientific drilling. Dr. Russ subsequently served as the Associate Chief Geologist and the Associate Chief Hydrologist of the USGS.


Dr. Russ received B.S. (1967) and PhD (1975) degrees from Penn State and an M.S. degree (1969) from West Virginia University, with specialties in geomorphology and structural geology. He is the recipient of the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award. In 2006, Dr. Russ received the Presidential Rank Award as a meritorious executive in the Senior Executive Service for sustained superior accomplishment in management of programs of the U.S. government and for noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in the public service.


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