Cynthia Barton

EXPERTISE/SPECIALTY: Water Resources Program Management, Geology, Geohydrology, Ground Water, Geochemistry EDUCATION:   A.B., Geology/Minor Environmental Studies, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, 1974 M.A., Geology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 1976 Ph.D., Geology/Distributed Minor, Physical Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1981


PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES: Member, USGS Fundamental Science Practices Advisory Committee Member, Water Mission Area, Cooperative Program Advisory Committee Member, Columbia Basin Leadership Team International Joint Commission, US Section Chair, Osoyoos Lake Board of Control and Columbia River Board of Control USGS Representative, DOI Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt Regional Case Management Team Member, USGS Organization of Western Leaders  Member, WAWSC Safety Committee   PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:   Member, GSA Member, AWRA, Member, Phi Kappa Phi Member, Sigma Xi Member, American Geological Institute   PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:  Dr. Cindi Barton is Director of the USGS Washington Water Science Center.  She has held this position since 1998.  The USGS Washington Water Science Center collects water data and conducts basic and applied water research in support of management, protection and conservation of water in the state of Washington.  Dr. Barton oversees the work of approximately 100 people who are located in the Center's headquarters in Tacoma and four field stations in Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, and Sedro Woolley.  Dr. Barton's leadership and management have resulted in building increased communication and partnerships with local, state, federal, and tribal organizations, and new data and research programs that address the current and future water science needs of the state of Washington. Dr. Barton has been with the USGS since 1984. Before becoming Director of the USGS Washington Water Science Center, she was a researcher in the USGS Water Science Center in New Jersey, specializing in ground water, hydrogeology and water quality. Dr. Barton's research provided an understanding of how land use practices influence shallow ground water quality. Subsequently, Dr. Barton became chief of water studies for the USGS in the Susquehanna River basin in Pennsylvania working to address water quality issues related to contamination of the Chesapeake Bay, agricultural practices and coal mining. In 1989, Dr. Barton became Director of the Water Science Center in Lansing, Michigan. Her innovative development of water research in Michigan, particularly research related to contaminant vulnerability models, contamination of the Great Lakes and inland lakes, availability of drinking water supplies, and effectiveness of bioremediation techniques earned her DOI's Superior Service Award in 1995. Prior to joining the USGS, Dr. Barton held faculty positions in the Department of Geology at Western Michigan University and the College of Charleston, where she taught and studied metamorphic rocks and minerals to unravel the history of mountain building processes.