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Cara A. Campbell, PhD

I am a Senior Scientist for RGE-EDGE with the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI).

My government tenure began in 1991 as a Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has included Research Fish Biologist positions with NOAA-Fisheries and the U.S. Geological Survey. My research interests focused on aquatic systems, specifically how landscape characteristics and physical processes shape stream environments, aquatic organism (mussel and fish) ecology and predictive modeling, and aquatic biodiversity estimation and evaluation.

In my current role, I guide and conduct the Research Grade Evaluation and Equipment Development Grade Evaluation (RGE/EDGE) process, oversee the operation and development of the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program, coordinate the USGS Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Program, and serve as a member of the Fundamental Science Practice Advisory Committee (FSPAC) FSP Survey Manual Policy and Communication and Outreach subcommittees. 


Professional Experience

  • 2019-             Senior Scientist for RGE/EDGE, US Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia

  • 2016-2019    Staff Scientist, US Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia

  • 2002-2016    Research Fish Biologist, US Geological Survey, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

  • 1997-2002    Research Fish Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, Washington

  • 1995-1997    General Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Turners Falls, Massachusetts

  • 1991-1995     General Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cortland, New York

  • 1990-1991    Biological Laboratory Technician, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Education and Certifications

  • 2014    Ph.D., Ecology, University of Maryland

  • 1999    M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, University of Massachusetts

  • 1990    B.A., Biology (Math Minor), Ithaca College

Honors and Awards

  • 2021     DOI Meritorious Service Award 

  • 2019     DOI Superior Service Award

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