Heather Bervid


Heather Bervid (she/her) is a Pathways Student Intern with the Geomorphology Team at the U.S. Geological Survey Oregon Water Science Center based in Portland, OR. During her time at the USGS, she has worked on several geomorphic and quaternary mapping projects along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and fluvial studies across in the Willamette Valley. These projects include: mapping and analysis of river impoundment and lake formation upstream of the Bonneville Landslide complex, Quaternary mapping along the Columbia River Gorge, geomorphic mapping of Willamette River floodplain features, lamprey habitat surveys in the Umqua River basin, vegetation re-establishment monitoring downstream of the annual Fall Creek Reservoir draw downs, as well as assistance with a variety of other field- and data-based projecys. Her research often includes GIS compilation and field data analysis.

Heather began working with the USGS in June 2014 as a recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers-U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Field Training Program (NAGT-USGS). She completed her double degrees in Earth & Space Science (B.S.) and English (B.A.) at the University of Washington, where she conducted undergraduate research on the provenance and deposition of glacio-fluvial outwash in the Puget Lowland.

Heather is currently a graduate student in Geology in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University. There she has worked on projects such as geochemistry of marine sediment cores, glacial geology, glacial geomorphology, paleoclimatology, glacio-fluvial systems, landscape evolution, and sediment transport. Her thesis research is focused on the hydrogeomorphic context and history of floodplain forests in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and is a Science Instructor for Inspiring Girls Expeditions Girls on Ice Cascades program (https://www.inspiringgirls.org/).