James Orlando is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and has been with the California Water Science Center since 1999.
James received his BS and MS degrees from California State University Sacramento. His focus at the USGS has been on examining spatial and temporal trends in concentrations of pesticides, mercury, and other contaminants found in surface water, sediment and biota of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. His additional research interests include using GIS to display, analyze and model environmental and anthropogenic variables in an effort to better understand their impacts on sensitive ecosystems. He is currently a project chief in charge of USGS, Pesticide Fate Research Group studies taking place within California.