Sharon is a Physical Scientist with the USGS Colorado Water Science Center (COWSC), duty station Beaverton, Oregon.
Sharon received her masters from the University of Illinois in 1993 and has been both a Hydrologist and Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1992. She has been a Geographic Information System (GIS) spatial analyst and database manager for multiple National and small programs and projects. She began her career in the Illinois Water Science Center with the Upper Illinois River Basin Pilot as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA). From there, she moved to the COWSC in 1993 to begin working with the South Platte NAWQA as a GIS analyst and database manager. She continued working with NAWQA in the COWSC on the High Plains NAWQA until 2010. After NAWQA, she worked with various National programs on water availability in the High Plains and Glacial aquifers and a national assessment of brackish water in aquifers of the United States. From 2018 to 2021, she again joined the NAWQA efforts working with the Regional Surface-Water Quality Assessment program. More recently, she has been working with various national efforts responsible for prioritizing watersheds for USGS research, determining post wildfire water-quality changes, and assisting in streamlining USGS workflows with respect to integrated science.
Physical Scientist/Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, 1992 to present.
GIS Analyst, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1989 to 1991.
Education and Certifications
Master of Science, 1993, University of Illinois, Department of Geology; research emphasis structural geology and tectonics
Bachelor of Science, 1989, University of Illinois, Department of Geology
Associates of Science, 1987, Harper College, Illinois