Christine Wieben


Christine Wieben is a hydrologist with the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center.  She began with the USGS as an intern conducting fieldwork—primarily groundwater-quality sampling.  Since then, she has worked on projects related to surface-water and groundwater quality, groundwater levels, and wetlands. She has served as database manager for multi-cooperator data-collection efforts and has contributed GIS skills to a number of projects.  Christine spent several years working to quantify nutrient loads to a New Jersey estuary, and to identify sources of nitrogen in the contributing watershed.  More recently she mapped the water table and estimated a water budget for a coastal National Wildlife Refuge.  For the past few years, Christine has worked with the NAWQA Surface-water Status and Trends team to aggregate water-quality data, calculate pesticide recovery rates, and estimate pesticide use for the US.  Christine’s interests are in working with data- programming, analysis, quality assuring, and visual display.



Master's- Environmental Studies (Water Resources), University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Bachelor's- Biology and Environmental Science, Boston University, 2000


Data Releases

Wieben, C.M., 2019, Pesticide recovery data for surface-water and lab reagent samples analyzed by the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory schedule 2437, water years 2016-17: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Wieben, C.M., and Chepiga, M.M., 2018, Water-table elevation contours and depth-to-water grid for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey, and vicinity, spring 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Ryberg, K.R., Murphy, J.C., Falcone, J.A., Riskin, M.L., Wieben, C.M., and Vecchia, A.V., 2017, Pesticide concentration and streamflow datasets used to evaluate pesticide trends in the Nation’s rivers and streams, 1992-2012: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Other Publications

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 2008, Regionalized Water Budget Manual for Compensatory Wetland Mitigation Sites in New Jersey, 185 p. (contributing author)

Wieben, C.M., 2007, An environmental indicator for the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary: Shallow ground-water quality, 23 p., Chapter prepared for the Barnegat Bay Partnership State of the Bay Technical Report.