Dr. Bill Labiosa serves as the Regional Science Coordinator for the USGS Northwest Regional Office. As Regional Science Coordinator, Bill develops and coordinates USGS strategic science efforts that support multi-partner management and recovery of major ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resources in the USGS Northwest Region; works closely with NW Regional science center directors, regional center scientists, and partners to develop strategic, interdisciplinary, collaborative science initiatives; and supports development and enhancement of partnerships with organizations key to the success of Department of the Interior and USGS science missions.
Bill's current areas of focus are science in support of Puget Sound ecosystem recovery, Klamath Basin dam removal decisions, and alternative energy potential impacts within the Outer Continental Shelf of the Pacific Northwest. Bill's research background is in the area of environmental modeling for decision analysis and support, within the field of environmental engineering and science. Bill's specialities include: 1) the use of multi-attribute utility models that incorporate outputs from ecological and environmental science models, with a focus on land use decision-making and 2) the use of probabilistic (Bayesian) network models to model uncertain scientific information for decision support, with a focus on water quality management. In general, Bill is interested in modern decision science and information technological approaches for tackling complex environmental and ecological problems that require integrated multidisciplinary modeling of both environmental consequences and decision-maker/stakeholder preferences. Previous to his tenure at the U.S. Geological Survey (2001 – present), Bill worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water as an environmental engineer specializing in national regulatory benefit/cost analysis. The limitations of modeling and interpreting uncertainty within a benefit/cost analysis framework led to his current research interests. Bill's academic background is in three main areas: decision analysis, probabilistic network modeling, and environmental geochemistry: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science with a minor in Management Science and Engineering (Stanford University), M.S. in Environmental Geochemistry specializing in mineral surface chemistry (Stanford), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering specializing in aqueous chemistry (Duke University), and B.S. in Chemistry (Davidson College). Bill's recent research focus was on landscape-scale modeling of ecosystem services and other aspects of human well-being derived from ecosystems to support regional land-use and coastal management decisions. Recent research projects include work in Puget Sound, South Florida, and the Santa Cruz watershed in Arizona/Sonora, Mexico. Bill was appointed to a four-year term on the Puget Sound Partership Science Panel in November of 2009 and was re-appointed in 2013.