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Donald O Rosenberry

Donald Rosenberry is a Research Hydrologist for the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

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).


  • 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)


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