Donald O Rosenberry


Don is a research hydrologist with the Earth Surface Processes Division specializing in wetland hydrology, water budgets of lakes and wetlands, and hyporheic processes.   Research is focused at the sediment-water interface with an emphasis on understanding processes that control exchanges between groundwater and surface water.  Don also is the coordinator of the Shingobee Headwaters Aquatic Ecosystem Project where scientists from USGS and academia work together to study physical, chemical, and biological processes of lakes, wetlands, and streams at a small-watershed scale.  Don's interests in groundwater, surface water, and the dynamic sediment-water interface stem from his formative years at Bemidji State University (next to Lake Bemidji), the University of Minnesota (on the banks of the Mississippi River), and the University of Colorado (through which Boulder Creek flows).


                        Donald O. Rosenberry


U.S. Geological Survey                                   Phone:  303-236-4990

MS 413, Bldg. 53, DFC                                   FAX:    303-236-5034

Lakewood, CO 80225                                     email:



  University of Colorado, Boulder                       Geography/Geomorphology     Ph.D. 2007

  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis               Hydrogeology                          M.S. 1985

  Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN              Geology/Geography                 B.S. 1981



  2007-present:    USGS, Lead Scientist, Hydrogeology of lakes, wetlands, and streams

  1985-2007:        USGS, Staff research hydrologist, Hydrology of lakes and wetlands

  1982-1985:        USGS, Hydrologic technician

  1981-1982:        Continental Laboratories, Hydrocarbon well analyst, Billings, MT


Current Research Topics

  Ground-water surface-water exchange in hyporheic settings   CA, CO, MA, MN, PA

  Significance of ground-water discharge to nutrient loading   MN, WA

  Significance of ground water to water supply   CA, MN, NM

  Relating geophysics and seepage along shoreline margins   NH, WA

  Decadal-scale hydrology of lakes and wetlands   MT, ND, MN, NH


Professional and Society Activity

  American Geophysical Union

  Geological Society of America

  Society of Wetland Scientists

  Minnesota Ground Water Association


Current Editorships

  Editorial Board, Hydrological Processes (2014-present)


Awards, Recognitions

  Keynote Address, Minnesota Ground Water Association annual conference (2003, 2009)

  Keynote Address, Canadian Geophysical Union annual conference (2005)

  Elected Fellow of Geological Society of America (2008)

  Keynote Address, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality 21st Annual Water Quality Workshop, February 2011

  Keynote Address, Alabama Department of Environmental Management 12th Annual Groundwater Conference, June 2012

  Moos Family lecturer, Freshwater Society, June 2013

  Meinzer Award, Geological Society of America Hydrogeology Division (2017)