Devin Lynn Galloway


Before I came to refer to myself as a Hydrogeologist, I studied biology and medicine. During the mid-1970s the emerging movement in our culture and the sciences toward understanding human impacts on our environment led me into the earth sciences. In 1978 I began my career with the USGS in Champaign, IL, where I became interested in quantitative hydrogeology. Since then I've worked on hydrogeology projects from USGS offices in Lakewood, CO, Sacramento, CA, Menlo Park, CA, and Indianapolis, IN. Along the way I've been fortunate to work directly and indirectly on many interesting studies of national and international relevance related to groundwater availability and sustainability, and the role of groundwater in geologic processes.

Professional Studies/Experience

  • 2017–Present: Water Cycle Branch, Earth System Processes Division, Water Mission Area, Indianapolis, IN; Risks to Groundwater Quantity and Quality Team. Address water quality and water availability and use subject to a wide range of physical, geomechanical, and chemical processes in a wide range of geologic settings; Advise Water Mission Area programs and projects; Conduct applied research; Communicate results to public, internal and external USGS stakeholders.
  • 2000–2017: Western Regional Hydrologist's Office (2000-07); Western Region Director’s Office (2007-11); Water Mission Area, Water Science Field Team (2011-2017), Sacramento, CA and Indianapolis, IN; Groundwater Specialist-West. Review, monitor and assist development of hydrogeology proposals, projects and report products; Advise the Water Mission Area and Regional Executives on technical issues in the Water Science Centers and select other USGS National Programs; Coordinate and conduct technical training and workshops; Serve on technical advisory committees for various cooperator/stakeholder groups; Participate in highly relevant projects in crisis; Author and coauthor technical publications.
  • 1996–2000: National Research Program, Menlo Park, CA; Heat Flow and Mass Transport Project, Research Hydrologist. Published one of the first applications of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to studies of aquifer-system compaction and land subsidence; Published a review of land subsidence in the USA; Developed time-series analysis and models of hydrologic responses to volcanic stresses—Long Valley, CA, Kilauea, HI; Researched crustal sensitivity of geysers, their periodicity, and hot springs discharge in Western USA
  • 1990–1996: California Water Science Center, Sacramento, CA; Hydrogeology Group, Group Leader. Coordinated 13 hydrogeology projects and 15 staff members; Conducted 2 research projects on artificial recharge, funded by competitive awards.
  • Antelope Valley (Mojave Desert) Studies, Project Chief; Developed several large studies examining ground-water availability, land subsidence, coupled ground-water flow and aquifer-system compaction, and the feasibility and application of aquifer-storage and recovery (ASR) programs; Helped organize the ad-hoc, public Antelope Valley Water Group, and was the first USGS representative on its Technical Subcommittee.
  • 1984–1990: Yucca Mountain Project, Lakewood, CO; Fractured Rock Hydrology, Project Chief. Researched and tested the role of fractures and fracture networks on fluid flow and transport; Co-developed techniques that use the response of water levels in wells to earth tides, earthquakes, and atmospheric loading to compute aquifer hydraulic properties; Co-developed a joint USA/Canada project with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., to conduct fractured-rock hydrology research.
  • 1978–1984: Illinois Water Science Center, Champaign, IL; General Hydrology, Project Chief. Conducted rainfall-runoff and streamflow routing studies in the Chicago area, and implemented hydrogeology studies for small watersheds in western and southern Illinois.