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Christopher L Gazoorian

♦ Surface water hydrology and hydraulics

♦ Innovative methods for hydrology data collection and delivery

♦ Streamflow statistics and uncertainty anlysis

Chris Gazoorian currently serves as the Surface Water Specialist for the USGS New York Water Science Center. Prior to this, he served as a Hydrologist, leading studies and field data collection relating to surface-water, groundwater and water-quality. Chris' reserach interests include innovative use of non-contact sensors, ice-jam flood monitoring, and streamflow uncertainly and statistical analysis.


Master of Arts, Geography, 2004, State University of New York at Albany

Certificate of Graduate Study, GIS & Spatial Analysis, 2003, State University of New York at Albany 

Bachelor of Science, Geology, 2002, State University of New York at Albany



February 2005 - present

United States Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center

  • Estimation of unaltered daily streamflow at rural ungaged locations
  • 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

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                
  • 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 to identify centennial scale changes in soil C in a Russian steppe

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