Breanna Williams is a Geographer at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Breanna specializes in Data Management and provides support for scientific research throughout the entirety of the USGS Science Data Lifecycle. This directly supports the mission to improve data discoverability, accessibility, and reusability of the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) and center’s published scientific data. Her educational background is in environmental science and geographic information systems (GIS), with an emphasis on integrating geospatial technology with natural sciences to enhance public outreach and knowledge of USGS research.
Her current duties at the USGS SPCMSC include the management of center data releases in the Information Product Data System (IPDS) and center-lead metadata reviewer and curator. She maintains a vast knowledge of policies and procedures for Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) and metadata standards (FGDC and ISO) to ensure published data and metadata are consistent with FSP and accessible under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She is also the center-lead for desktop and cloud GIS administration and is the manager of the center’s geological core and sample inventory and database.
Geographer – U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (2021 to present)
Researcher – Cherokee Nation System Solutions contracted to the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (2018 – 2021)
GIS Technician – Avineon Inc. (2018)
Intern – U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal & Marine Science Center (2017)
Education and Certifications
M.S. Environmental Science & Policy – Johns Hopkins University (2020)
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems – Johns Hopkins University (2020)
B.S. Environmental Biology – University of South Florida (2017)
B.S. Environmental Science and Policy – University of South Florida (2017)
Certified Notary Public in the State of Florida
OSHA: Certified Environmental Specialist