Irene J Fisher


Irene began her career with the USGS as a Volunteer for Science during the summer of 2000.  She held a student trainee position from June 2001 until she was hired as a hydrologist in August 2004.  Research interests include groundwater quality, nitrogen cycling, and coastal and estuarine systems.  Irene currently manages water-quality projects in Long Island, N.Y., with a special interest in contaminants of emerging concern. Current programs include the occurrence and persistence of wastewater-derived contaminants and current and legacy-use pesticides in groundwater. Her research interests and capabilities have led her to work with other USGS scientists on diverse project work including isotope forensics, groundwater age dating, stream-quality assessments, environmental health impacts of Hurricane Sandy, and National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) programs.


  • M.S. 2004, East Carolina University, Department of Geological Sciences; research emphasis in estuarine/coastal geology, isotope geochemistry, foraminiferal assemblages, and radionuclides
  • B.A. 2001, State University of New York-College at Geneseo, Major: Geological Sciences

Recent Presentations/Abstracts:

  • 2016, Nutrients and contaminants of emerging concern from septic systems in groundwater at Fire Island, NY (abs): Fire Island National Seashore, 10th Biennel Science Conference, Fire Island, April 22-23, 2016
  • 2014, Trends in nitrate concentrations in Suffolk County Water Authority public supply wells, New York, 1983-2008 (abs): 21st Conference on Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York, April 12, 2015, Stony Brook NY []
  • 2012, Temporal and regional comparisons of groundwater quality in Kings and Queens Counties, New York, during 1999-2011 (abs): 19th Conference on the Geology of Long Island and Metropolitan New York, April 13, 2012, Stony Brook, NY []