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Research Opportunities

Overview: Open Research Opportunities will be filled depending on the availability of funds. All application materials must be submitted through USAJobs by 11:59 pm, US Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date.

Role of Research Advisors: Research Advisors direct project work and are those scientists with whom the Mendenhall Fellows will work most closely. One of the first steps in the preparation of an application package is establishing contact with the Research Advisor(s) to coordinate the development of a research proposal. Research Advisors also answer questions about a Research Opportunity and review application materials.

Role of Human Resources Office Contacts: The Human Resources Office receives and screens application materials, provides application materials for technical review and selection, reviews the backgrounds of the final candidates to make sure they are qualified for the opportunities, and makes the official job offers. The Human Resources Office is also available to provide information regarding the recruitment process and the status of applications.

Mendenhall - Current Research Opportunities (updated 1/7/2022)

Individual opportunities are advertised throughout the year, so check back often to look for new positions! Please communicate with individual Research Advisor(s) to discuss project ideas and answer specific questions about the Research Opportunity. General inquiries can be sent to the Mendenhall Program email box:


RO # Research Opportunity Title Proposed Duty Station Research Advisor(s) Closing Date Apply Here


Fiber optic and array seismology for earthquake early warning

Moffett Field, CA Jeff McGuire, Andy Barbour, Clara Yoon 4/1/2022 Apply Here
20-1 Assessing the environmental impacts associated with solar energy development in the southwestern United States Flagstaff, AZ Jeffrey E. Lovich and Seth Munson 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-2 Development and application of eco-genomic indices and metrics for biodiversity assessments, biomonitoring and biosurveillance at USGS streamgages using robotic samplers Bozeman, MT Adam Sepulveda and Elliott Barnhart 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-3 Disentangling the complex interplay between life history characteristics and landscape and climatic stressors of commercially and culturally important fish species Leetown, WV John Young, Kelly Maloney 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-4 Integration of economics and climate adaptation to support natural resource management La Crosse, WI Christopher Churchill, Kristen Bouska 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-5 Fire, floods, and drought: Advancing assessment and prediction of extreme event impacts on water quality Boulder, CO Sheila Murphy, Brian Ebel, Edward Stets, Jessica Driscoll, Michelle Walvoord 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-6 Advancing soil moisture monitoring at a national scale Carson City, NV Todd Caldwell, Meredith Reitz, Marek Zreda, Heye Bogena 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-7 Three-dimensional modeling of reef-fronted coastlines St. Petersburg, FL Mark Buckley, Margaret Palmsten, Legna Torres-Garcia, Ryan Lowe, Jeff Hansen, Dirk Rijnsdorp 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-8 Geomorphic and social influences on coastal resilience to climate change St. Petersburg, FL Jennifer Miselis, Daniel Ciarletta, Emily Wei, Donya Frank-Gilchrist, Davina Passeri, Kathryn Smith, Legna Torres-Garcia, Ann Gibbs, Li Erikson, Alfredo Aretxabaleta, Chris Sherwood 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-9 Satellite remote sensing of coastal change Santa Cruz, CA Sean Vitousek 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-10 Deciphering blue carbon in critical marine mineral environments Santa Cruz, CA Nancy Prouty, Amy Gartman, Amanda Demopoulos, Matt McCarthy 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-11 Blue carbon fluxes and transformations in estuaries and the coastal ocean Woods Hole, MA John W. Pohlman, Neil K. Ganju 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-12 Seafloor methane bubble emissions -- Implications for gas hydrates and the environment Woods Hole, MA William Waite, Carolyn Ruppel 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-13 Automated analysis of volcano deformation Vancouver, WA Emily Montgomery-Brown, R. Lopaka Lee, Michael Poland, Charles Wicks, Ingrid Johanson 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-14 Building sulfur into mixed-volatile solubility models for common hazardous magmas Menlo Park, CA; Mountain View, CA Tom Sisson, Dawnika Blatter, Peter Kelly 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-15 Applying modern computational techniques to the detection, identification, and location of volcanic seismicity Moffett Field, CA Phillip Dawson, Alicia Hotovec-Ellis, Matthew Haney, John Lyons, Aaron Wech, Weston Thelen, Ninfa Bennington, Arthur Jolly, Robert Skoumal 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-16 Exploring user needs and community engagement for next-generational volcano products, maps, and tools Vancouver, WA; Anchorage, AK; Mountain View, CA; Hilo, HI Jessica Ball, Joe Bard, Dave Ramsey, Sara K. McBride, Emily Brooks, David Damby 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-17 Optimizing the characterization of small earthquakes for seismic forecasting Golden, CO; Moffett Field, CA David Shelly, Andrea Llenos, Allison Shumway, Morgan Moschetti, Andrew Michael, Jeanne Hardebeck, Will Yeck, Paul Earle, Kevin Mayeda, Jon Ake 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-18 Towards non-ergodic ground-motion models in the National Seismic Hazard Model Golden, CO Morgan Moschetti, Kyle Withers, Eric Thompson, Mark Petersen, Brad Aagaard, Robert Graves, Annemarie Baltay 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-19 Advanced scientific computing to improve assessment of post-fire debris-flow hazards Golden, CO Jason Kean, Rex Baum, Lynda Lastowka 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-20 Advancing seismic hazard characterization using lacustrine paleoseismology Golden, CO; Santa Cruz, CA Christopher DuRoss, Daniel Brothers, Richard Briggs, Jessica Jobe, Brian Sherrod, Jessica Rodysill 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-21 Analysis of active tectonics and fault systems in Puerto Rico Golden, CO; Woods Hole, MA; Reston, Virginia Thomas Pratt, Uri ten Brink, Jessica Thompson Jobe, Elizabeth Vanacore 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-22 Leveraging machine learning for next-generation global earthquake monitoring Golden, CO William Yeck, Paul Earle, David Shelly, Michelle Guy 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-23 Forging next generation earthquake forecast models Golden, CO; Moffett Field, CA; Pasadena, CA Edward (Ned) Field, Mark Petersen, Alex Hatem, Kishor Jaiswal, Morgan Page, ‭Nicholas van der Elst, Nick Beeler, Austin Elliott, Fred Pollitz, Andrew Michael 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-24 Applications of full-waveform inversion for high-resolution seismic velocity models and site response in support of earthquake ground motion investigations Golden, CO Oliver Boyd, William Stephenson, Morgan Moschetti, Ebru Bozdag, Erin Wirth 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-25 Imaging northern California faults and their connectivity in 3D Moffett Field, CA Austin Elliott, Jeanne Hardebeck, Robert Skoumal, Ruth Harris, Alexandra Hatem, Stephen DeLong, Richard Briggs, Victoria Langenheim 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-26 Geotechnical and geomorphic investigations of submarine slope stability and seascape evolution in the Cascadia Subduction Zone Seattle, WA; Santa Cruz, CA; Moffett Field, CA Alex Grant, Jenna Hill, Danny Brothers, Jonathan Perkins, Joan Gomberg 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-27 Fault processes and mechanics near Earth’s surface during coseismic and aseismic slip Moffett Field, CA Josie Nevitt, Ben Brooks, Michele Cooke, Sarah Minson, Rufus Catchings, David Lockner, Diane Moore, Annemarie Baltay, Alex Hatem 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-28 Cascadia subduction zone transient deformation: Implications for earthquake hazard Moffett Field, CA; Pasadena, CA; Vancouver, WA; Seattle, WA Sarah Minson, Evelyn Roeloffs, Andy Barbour, Ben Brooks, Nick Beeler, Joan Gomberg, Jessica Murray 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-29 Machine learning/artificial intelligence for seafloor geodesy Seattle, WA Joan Gomberg, Ben Brooks, Todd Ericksen, Janet Watt, Nathan Kutz, S. Hautala, W. Wilcock, H.P. Johnson, A.J. Hermann 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-30 Seismic hazard analyses in geologic carbon sequestration Moffett Field, CA; Pasadena, CA; Seattle, WA J. Ole Kaven, Annemarie Baltay-Sundstrom, Andrew Barbour, Justin Rubinstein 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-31 Integration of gravity, magnetic, and radiometric geophysical methods to image 3D subsurface geology associated with mineral systems Lakewood, CO V.J.S. (Tien) Grauch, Benjamin Drenth, Anne McCafferty, Anjana (Anji) Shah 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-32 Informing assessments of critical minerals using stable isotopes Lakewood, CO Craig Johnson, Doug Kreiner, George Case, Allen Andersen, Al Hofstra 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-33 Hyperspectral imaging applied to geoscience studies Lakewood, CO Raymond Kokaly, Todd Hoefen 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-34 Machine learning to enhance mineral resource knowledge for the United States Lakewood, CO Jeffrey L. Mauk, Carma San Juan, Joshua A Coyan 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-35 Tracking the spatiotemporal evolution of a world-class carbonatite REE deposit at Mountain Pass, California Spokane, WA Kathryn Watts, Gordon Haxel, Dave Miller, Steve Castor, Robby Ruesch, Lin Xia 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-36 Field and laboratory validation of a melt-infiltration model for the origin of platinum-group element reef-type deposits—A step towards rigorous assessment of mineral potential Spokane, WA Michael Zientek 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-37 Metal phytoextraction from ultramafic soils, sediments, and mine wastes Menlo Park, CA Andrea L. Foster, Courtney A. Creamer 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-38 Developing regional- and national- scale methods for assessing underground thermal energy storage, focusing on aquifer and reservoir thermal energy storage Portland, Oregon; Mounds View, MN Erick Burns, Chris Langevin, Yu-Feng Lin, Marc Buursink, Peter Warwick, Colin Williams 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-39 Integrating energy, mineral, and other natural resource information to support resource management decision-making Denver, CO; Reston, VA Seth Haines, Jay Diffendorfer, Emily Pindilli, Darius Semmens 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-40 Mineralogical controls on critical mineral distribution in ores and mine waste: Implications for mineral exploration, resource recovery, and environmental impacts Reston, VA Nadine Piatak, Bob Seal 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-41 Quantitative coal mine methane research and development of scenario analysis tools to reduce atmospheric emissions Reston, VA Özgen Karacan, Peter Warwick, Brian Shaffer 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-42 Basin and reservoir studies for the decarbonization of oil production through sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in residual oil zones Reston, VA Özgen Karacan, Peter Warwick, Sean Brennan, Jenny Lagesse 1/6/2022 CLOSED
20-43 Fusing Synthetic Aperture Radar and lidar with optical imagery to improve our ability to detect and interpret change on Earth’s surface Fort Collins, CO; Reston, VA; or other USGS office in the U.S. Jason Stoker, Kimberly Casey 1/6/2022 CLOSED