Christopher Gazoorian

Biography

I began working with the USGS New York Water Science Center in 2002 as a Student Volunteer. From 2003 to 2005 I was a Student Hydrologist in the SCEP program. Throughout this period my work focused on water and soil chemistry related to acid deposition. Upon completing my graduate degree I was hired as a Hydrologist in the Hydrologic Surveillance and Investigation Section at the USGS NY WSC.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Geography                                                                       December 2004

State University of New York at Albany

Certificate of Graduate Study, GIS & Spatial Analysis                          December 2003

State University of New York at Albany 

Bachelor of Science, Geology, cum laude                                                         May 2002

State University of New York at Albany

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Hydrologist                                                                                  February 2005 - present

United States Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center

  • Estimation of unaltered daily streamflow at rural ungaged locations
  • Investigate flow alteration impacts on water availability for human and ecological needs
  • Streamflow statistics and trends
  • Ice Jam monitoring and modeling in the Mohawk River, Schenectady, NY
  • Computation of peak streamflow in open channels and through control structures by direct and indirect methods
  •  Flood documentation and flood frequency trends
  •  Develop streamflow ratings for stage-discharge and index-velocity relations
  • Collect, process and review streamflow and water quality data for publication
  • Measure stream discharge directly by acoustic Doppler current profiler, current meter or accoustic doppler velocimeter
  • Measure streamflow by indirect methods using transit level, total station and/ or hydraulic models
  • Design, construct, operate and maintain field data collection sites, sensors and data loggers
  • Provide statistical and GIS analyses for published reports

Student Hydrologist                                                           August 2002 – February 2005

United States Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center

  • Assisted with multiple research projects investigating biogeochemical nutrient cycles, acid deposition and water quality                 
  • Analyzed soil and water properties including total C and N using a Carlo Erba EA 1110 elemental analyzer
  • Reported data for publication in scientific journals and USGS reports
  • Developed the NY WSC Standard Operating Procedure manuals for soil analyses
  • Instructed students on analyses procedures and tracked progress to meet deadlines
  • Collected water, soil, sediment and biological samples and maintained field sites

Graduate Research Assistant                                                   May 2002 – August 2002

State University of New York at Albany, Department of Geography and Planning

  •  Conducted soil analyses on archived and new samples for faculty researcher to identify centennial scale changes in soil C in a Russian steppe
  • Analyzed soils for loss on ignition, exchangeable acidity, soil moisture, bulk density, soil pH, total C and N and exchangeable base extraction for ICP analysis

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Publications

Gazoorian, Christopher L., 2015. Estimation of unaltered daily mean streamflow at ungaged streams of New York, excluding Long Island, water years 1961-2010. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5220, Report: viii, 29 p.; 5 Appendixes; New York Streamflow Estimation Tool application [Link]

Burns, Douglas A.; Gazoorian, Christopher L., 2015. Estimates of natural streamflow at two streamgages on the Esopus Creek, New York, water years 1932 to 2012. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5050, v, 20 p.

Wall, Gary, Gazoorian, Chris, Garver, John I., 2014, A New Tool to Monitor Ice Jam Flooding Along the Mohawk River, Schenectady, NY, In: Cockburn, J.M.H. and Garver, J.I., Proceedings of the 2014 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, March 21, 2014, p. 47. [Link]

Gazoorian, Chris, 2014, United States Geological Survey Streamgages in the Mohawk River Watershed, In: Cockburn, J.M.H. and Garver, J.I., Proceedings of the 2014 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, March 21, 2014, p. 17. [Link]

Wall, Gary, Gazoorian, Chris, Garver, John I., 2013 USGS Ice Jam and Flood Monitoring: Mohawk River, Schenectady, NY, In: Cockburn, J.M.H. and Garver, J.I., Proceedings of the 2013 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, March 22, 2013, p. 83. [Link]

Gazoorian, Chris L., 2012, How Extreme was Irene? A Comparison of the 2011, 1996 and 1987 floods along the Schoharie Creek, In: Cockburn, J.M.H. and Garver, J.I., Proceedings of the 2012 Mohawk Watershed Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY, March 16, 2012, p. 17. [Link]

Suro, Thomas P.; Gazoorian, Christopher L., 2011. Changes in low-flow frequency from 1976-2006 at selected streamgages in New York, excluding Long Island. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5112, vi, 21 p. [Link]