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Amanda H Bell

Over the past 21 years working for the Survey, I have had the privilege to study aquatic ecosystems in the upper Midwest and across the country. The resilience of our natural systems to overcome chemical, physical and biological changes brought on by increasing human populations amazes me and is the main reason I love to study the aquatic ecosystem.

I have lived, studied, and worked in the Upper Midwest most of my life and I have been studying in the Lake Michigan Basin in some capacity my entire career. I have also conducted field work throughout the U.S. broadening my experience and expertise. The Upper Midwest Water Science Center (formerly Wisconsin Water Science Center) has been my home for over 21 years and I want the Center to continue to be a beacon of scientific ingenuity and advancement. Since the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan offices merged in 2017, many unique challenges and opportunities have risen on combining the localized nuances of management, supervision and implementation of policies.

Over the last 3 years I have had the opportunity to serve as the Team Leader for the Integrated Ecosystems Studies and Groundwater Characterization Teams. This experience solidified my desire to be a leader in our organization. Since beginning my role as IES Team Leader and Supervisor, the team members have developed and lead projects from dozens of cooperators across multiple states and international boundaries, totaling over $2.6 million dollars per year. 
Beginning in summer of 2021, I began duties pursuant to Center Operations and have been selected as the Center’s Operations Officer. These duties include leading the teams for moving offices, helping the safety teams find direction, perform clean-ups and find their stride, leading the IT team until the new supervisor joined the center, and leading the charge to overhaul the fleet management.  As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, I helped resolve concerns related to facilities, operations, data management among other topics. This role was a huge undertaking while continuing to perform my duties as a Team Leader, however, I excelled and move the Center forward during this transition time of not having a permanent Operations Officer. 

I enjoy working in a team environment where the personal dynamics foster a professional respect and conflicts are resolved through open communication and a judicial approach. I have a strong work ethic that is reflected in my productivity and dedication to detail. I am a natural-born leader that enjoys helping others develop projects that line with their passions and interests. Thriving on organizing logistics, I can find the people with the right experience and skill to fill the roles they best fit into. I am learning different techniques for personnel conflicts and how to accommodate personalities that differ from my own. I pride myself on clear, honest, and efficient communication in both praise and critique. I value open communication and above all else integrity in my work and personal life.

Professional Experience

  • March 2020 – Present - Supervisory Hydrologist, GS-13, USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center

  • May 2001 – February 2020 - Hydrologist, GS-12, USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center

  • June 2021 – January 2022 - Acting Deputy Director For Operations, GS-13, USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center

  • April 2022 - Present - Center Operations Officer, GS-14, USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Natural Resources - 2005, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

  • B.S. Watershed Management - 2002, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Professional Organizations

  • Wisconsin Section of the American Water Resources Association

    o Member 2005-present
    o Past President 2019
    o President 2018
    o President Elect 2017
    o Vice President 2016
    o Director at Large 2013-2015

  • Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

    o AWRA representative 2018-present
    o Executive committee 2019-2021
    o Vice President Nov. 2020-2021

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government