Collin Lawrence


I am a hydrologist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in the Science and Decisions Center ( in Reston, Virginia. I am broadly interested in studying the quantity and variability of water resources to support decision making. As part of the Science and Decisions Center, the work I do is inherently interdisciplinary. I work with other hydrologists, economists, and ecologists both within the Center and throughout the USGS. I also regularly reach out to experts in other federal agencies, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector for my research activities. Currently, I am investigating how floodplains in the Chesapeake Bay are able to mitigate the effects of downstream flooding in order to value floodplain ecosystem services. Also, I am researching the value of streamflow information which includes identifying users, uses, quantifying benefits of additional information and working with economists to consider the societal benefits of streamgages.

I received a B.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine, where I researched the effects of glacier melt on streamflow.


2014, Ph.D. Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine                                

2009, B.S. Meteorology, Texas A&M University                                                              

Professional Experience

2016 – present, Hydrologist, USGS Science and Decisions Center, Reston, VA

2015, Lecturer, GIS for Environmental Science, University of California, Irvine


Lawrence, C.B., 2014, Glaciers and freshwater resources in a changing climate, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Irvine, CA.