Emily Richardson

Biography

Emily Richardson is a physical scientist at the California Water Science Center in Sacramento. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  After graduation, she joined the Student Conservation Association and served as a trail maintenance worker with the Adirondack Corps. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management at Texas Tech University. There, she worked in the USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as a research assistant studying a harmful algal species (golden alga) and its ability to adapt to increasing salinity. She has also worked in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a GIS and Data Management Technician through AmeriCorps, also aiding their trail crews. Now, with the California Water Science Center, she assists with high-speed mapping surveys and is finding new ways to visualize and serve water quality data from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and San Fransisco Bay. Her interests include harmful algal blooms and associated parameters, water quality, and producing easily digestible, open-source data through new spatial analysis and visualization techniques.