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Zach M. Shephard

Zach is a Hydrologist at the New Mexico Water Science Center. He received his B.S. in Geosciences from Boise State University in 2015, and his M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2019. Zach’s thesis research was focused on assessing water quality, watershed runoff, and vegetation regrowth in response to prescribed forest burns.

Zach joined the USGS as a biological aid in January 2016 at the Idaho Water Science Center and made the move to the New Mexico Water Science Center as a student trainee after relocating to New Mexico to attend grad school in the fall of 2016. Since graduating and moving into a hydrologist position in 2019, Zach’s research has been focused around urban water quality and urban surface-water modeling. His current research also now includes water quality trend analysis in the Rio Grande River.