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September 27, 2022

Join us in welcoming our recently hired staff at the New England Water Science Center.

Quinn Cowing
Quinn Cowing, Student Trainee (Hydrology), Maine Field Office

Quinn grew up in Arkansas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She traveled to Maine to visit family every summer as a child. Whenever in Maine, she went hiking, fishing, water skiing, cut wood with her grandfather, and spent a lot of time outdoors. Back at home in Minnesota, Quinn ran her own gardening business throughout high school. After high school, she took a gap year to work for the City of St. Louis Park as their lead gardener and studied native prairie plants, insects, and their interactions. Quinn is planning to finish her bachelor’s degree in geology-biology at Brown University in 2025.  Quinn joined the Maine Field Office in June and is eager to learn more about hydrology. In her free time, she enjoys all outdoor activities, roller skating, baking, cooking, making jewelry, and travel. 
 
Tabatha Lewis
Tabatha Lewis, Hydrologic Technician, Connecticut Field Office 

Tabatha grew up in Brookfield, Connecticut and received her Bachelor of Science in environmental science and a graduate hydrology certificate from the University of Rhode Island. After college, Tabatha received a Boren Scholarship to study Indonesian language and culture for a year with a goal of being a public servant. Then, she worked as a chemist at an environmental analytical laboratory in Rhode Island before returning to her home state of Connecticut to work for the U.S. Geological Survey. Tabatha is extremely thrilled to be working for such an amazing water science center with opportunities to grow and contribute to the team. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and cooking.
Allen Lyon
Allen Lyon, Student Trainee (Hydrology), Connecticut Field Office 

Allen was born in southeastern Connecticut and has lived there most of his life. He currently attends the University of Connecticut, majoring in natural resources with a concentration in water resources, and is expected to graduate in May 2023. In 2021, Allen received his associate degree in environmental engineering from Three Rivers Community College. Growing up, he did not have an ideal career path picked out and was unsure of what he wanted to pursue. However, his love for the environment and the outdoors is what steered him in the direction of science and higher education. Allen is extremely excited to join the New England Water Science Center.
 
Meghan McCallister
Meghan McCallister, Hydrologist, Massachusetts Office

Meghan grew up in Gainesville, Florida, and received a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering in 2021 from Northeastern University. She studied and conducted research in environmental policy and engineering in Singapore, Indonesia, Germany, and New Zealand. Meghan has previously worked in civil engineering consulting, supporting solar and battery storage development throughout the Northeast. She also served a five-month AmeriCorps term in Arizona, where she built trails and implemented conservation projects on public lands. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring New England’s cultural and culinary offerings. Meghan is excited to have joined the New England Water Science Center.
 
Brynn O'Connor
Brynn O'Connor, Student Trainee Hydrology, Massachusetts Office

Brynn grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts and is a rising senior at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, majoring in environmental studies. She has spent the past few summers as a boating and fishing counselor on the Charles River and at the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. Last fall, Brynn studied abroad in Copenhagen and traveled to Greenland to study ice cores and ice ages in Kangerlussuaq. Brynn is excited to join the team for the summer and learn more about floodplain mapping and data representation. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, skiing, hiking, and sewing.
 
Zachary O’Neal
Zachary O’Neal, Hydrologist, Massachusetts Office

Zac grew up in Park City, Utah and earned a Bachelor of Science in geoscience with an emphasis in environmental geoscience from the University of Utah in 2021.  After graduating, he worked as a lab technician and then a geologist in mining, which reaffirmed his interest in hydrology and water quality. Zac joined the New England Water Science Center in July 2022 through the Cooperative Summer Fellowship Program. Growing up in Utah inspired a love for doing just about anything in the great outdoors, though if pressed, his favorite pastimes are biking, skiing, and playing music.
 
Simon Quinn
Simon Quinn, Student Trainee in Hydrology, Massachusetts Office

Simon was born in Providence and grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is a senior at Binghamton University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and a minor in economics. Simon’s concentration for his BS degree is in Earth science/natural resources. He has a passion for the outdoors and a curiosity about the dynamic, ever-changing relationship humans have with the physical world. In his free time, Simon enjoys playing tennis, running, going to concerts, playing computer games, and exploring nature.  
 
Patrick Scordato
Patrick Scordato, Hydrologist, Massachusetts Office

Patrick was raised in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2019. During college, he studied soil erosion in the Midwestern U.S. with the UMass Geomorphology Group and coastal mapping with the USGS-Woods Hole office. Prior to joining the New England Water Science Center, he worked on a variety of environmental and ecology projects with the Massachusetts Geological Survey, Appalachian Mountain Club, and in private consulting.  In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, and running.  
 
Robin Taylor
Robin Taylor, Student Trainee Hydrology, Massachusetts Office

Robin is from Littleton, Massachusetts, and is a current senior at Fitchburg State University. She is currently earning a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in ecology. She was hired as a hydrology student trainee in the Massachusetts office and hopes to continue working with USGS while finishing her degree. Her interests include gardening, camping, and spending time with her two cats.