Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program


In Fiscal Year 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) started a new postdoctoral research program called the Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (now the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program) in honor of Walter C. Mendenhall (1871-1957), the fifth Director of the USGS. The Program provides Fellows research experiences that enhance their scientific stature and credentials.

Walter C. Mendenhall

Walter C. Mendenhall

Walter C. Mendenhall joined the USGS in 1894 where he mapped Appalachian coal fields, did pioneering work on the geology of Alaska, and became one of the first ground water specialists in the Water Resources Branch in 1903.


Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

OUR ANNUAL ROUND OF OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW OPEN! Opportunities cover a range of research areas so there is something there for everyone! Other individual opportunities are advertised throughout the year, so check back often to look for open positions!

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How to Apply

How to Apply

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Date published: November 24, 2021

Volcano Watch — The refilling of Halemaʻumaʻu crater

Halemaʻumaʻu crater has undergone repeated changes during the past two centuries. Prior to 1924, the size and shape of the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake changed frequently and lava commonly spilled out across the floor of Kīlauea caldera. 

Date published: November 10, 2021

Could You Be a Mendenhall Research Fellow?

The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking new Mendenhall Research Fellows! The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to conduct concentrated research in association with USGS scientists, often as a final element to enhance their formal career preparation. The opportunities are open through Thursday, January 6, 2022.


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Year Published: 2018

Seismic evidence for significant melt beneath the Long Valley Caldera, California, USA

A little more than 760 ka ago, a supervolcano on the eastern edge of California (United States) underwent one of North America's largest Quaternary explosive eruptions. Over this ~6-day-long eruption, pyroclastic flows blanketed the surrounding ~50 km with more than 1400 km3 of the now-iconic Bishop Tuff, with ashfall reaching as far east as...

Flinders, Ashton F.; Shelly, David R.; Dawson, Phillip B.; Hill, David P.; Tripoli, Barbara; Shen, Yang

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Year Published: 2015

Head-of-tide bottleneck of particulate material transport from watersheds to estuaries

We measured rates of sediment, C, N, and P accumulation at four floodplain sites spanning the nontidal through oligohaline Choptank and Pocomoke Rivers, Maryland, USA. Ceramic tiles were used to collect sediment for a year and sediment cores were collected to derive decadal sedimentation rates using 137Cs. The results showed highest rates of short...

Ensign, Scott H.; Noe, Gregory B.; Hupp, Cliff R.; Skalak, Katherine

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Year Published: 2014

Effects of distributed and centralized stormwater best management practices and land cover on urban stream hydrology at the catchment scale

Urban stormwater runoff remains an important issue that causes local and regional-scale water quantity and quality issues. Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) have been widely used to mitigate runoff issues, traditionally in a centralized manner; however, problems associated with urban hydrology have remained. An emerging trend is...

Loperfido, John V.; Noe, Gregory B.; Jarnagin, S. Taylor; Hogan, Dianna M.
Loperfido, J.V., Noe, G.B., Jarnagin, S.T., and Hogan, D.M., 2014, Effects of distributed and centralized stormwater best management practices and land cover on urban stream hydrology at the catchment scale: Journal of Hydrology, v. 519, part c, p. 2584–2595.