Curtis Schreffler

I've been working for the USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center since 1984. In December 2011, I accepted the position of Associate Director for Research and Scientific Investigations. 


I received a Bachelor of Science 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. I spent three 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. During my 12 years in the Malvern office I led a variety of projects on groundwater, surface-water, and water-quality 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 hydrologists, hydrologic technicians, and biologists working on water resource investigations. During this time, I was the manager of a seven-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.