Proudly serving the public with the USGS Hydrologic Surveillance Program, since 2014. I serve as a Team Lead and the Center Construction/Deployment Specialist.
Continuous Surface Water / Water Quality data collection, Records computation, Peak Discharge Measurement collection, Surveying, Gage infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, Equipment testing, Boat operation, Custom metal fabrication.
As a Hydrologic Technician for the USGS, my primary responsibility is the collection of continuous Surface Water and Water Quality Data within Pennsylvania. This data collection includes making regular discharge measurements, evaluation of data, and maintaining the various instrumentation and infrastructure within the streamgaging network across the state. A key component of the position has become staying on the lead edge of technological advancements; in both data processing programs and data collection instrumentation. Running multi-disciplinary field trips throughout the state presents ever changing conditions and challenges. This requires finding creative solutions in infrastructure installation for each gages unique characteristics, equipment needs, and stream dynamics.
Prior to working with the USGS, I was as an Environmental-Scientific Technician in the Division of Water Quality Standards, for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This position expanded my knowledge of Surface Water Ecology. My duties included collection of discrete water quality data via multi-parameter sondes as part of the Continuous In-stream Monitoring (CIM) protocol; collection of macro-invertebrates, aquatic plants, and fish population surveys for Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scoring as part of the In-stream Comprehensive Evaluation (ICE) protocol; as well as habitat assessments, fish tissue analysis for consumption advisories, chemical/bacteriological sampling and radiation sediment sampling.
Education and Certifications
Bachelor's of Science in Geo-Environmental Studies from Shippensburg University, with GIS certification.