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Jory S Hecht, PhD

Dr. Jory Hecht is a statistical hydrologist with an interdisciplinary water resources and social-environmental systems modeling background.

In 2019, Jory came to the U.S. Geological Survey to work on the Flood Frequency for Hydraulic Design project funded by the Federal Highway Administration and has since become a member of numerous project teams in the Water Resources Mission Area, including the Integrated Water Availability Assessments (IWAAs) Trends and Drivers project (methods team lead) and National Drought Prediction project.  He is also one of the USGS representatives to the Science Subgroup of the Interagency Flood Resilience Working Group and co-coordinates the Hydrologic Extremes Working Group (HEWG) of the USGS Water Resource Mission Area’s Modeling Community of Practice. 

Prior to coming to the U.S. Geological Survey, Jory worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Vermont, where he simulated the effects of climate change on cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Champlain.  He obtained his doctoral degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in 2017, where he also was a fellow in the interdisciplinary Water Diplomacy program. He has also conducted international development work in numerous Latin American countries and southeast Asia. While most of his recent USGS work has been statistical, Jory also has a background in climate change planning, water-resources management, decision-support methods, and geography and enjoys opportunities to weave these other interests into his USGS work.