Curtis Schreffler

I've been working for the USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center for over 35 years. In December 2011, I accepted the position of Associate Director for Research and Scientific Investigations.


I received a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1988. I started my career in the Williamsport field office of the Pennsylvania District in 1984 as a student hydrologist trainee learning the tasks of the hydrologic surveillance program. After graduation, I transferred to the Pittsburgh sub-district office to work on the geohydrologic and water-quality assessment of unconsolidated glacial aquifers in Erie County, Pa. I spent 3 years in Pittsburgh and then transferred to the Malvern sub-district office (near Philadelphia) to work on the hydrogeologic and groundwater quality assessment of northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In my 12 years in the Malvern office, I lead a variety of projects on groundwater, surface-water, and water-quality studies such as drought monitoring assessments, watershed characterizations, groundwater flow modeling, and water availability. In 2003, I transferred to the New Cumberland office to lead the Surface-water and Ecology section where I supervised a cadre of hydrologist, hydrologic technicians, and biologists working on a multitude of water resource investigations. During this time, I was the manager of a 7-year program overseeing USGS technical support and assistance to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on the Act 220 update of the State Water Plan for the Commonwealth.