James Webber

James's research broadly focuses on surface water-quality studies designed to understand how in-stream conditions are changing over time and the drivers of such changes. Current projects are focused on assessing the effects of watershed management in urban and agricultural settings.



M.S., Forest Resources, 2012, The Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Environmental Resource Management, 2010, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

2012 – Present     Hydrologist, USGS Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center, Richmond, VA


Ator, S.W., Blomquist, J.D., Webber, J.S., and Chanat, J.G., 2020, Factors driving nutrient trends in streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 49, no. 4, p. 812–834.

Noe, G.B., Cashman, M.J., Skalak, K., Gellis, A., Hopkins, K.G., Moyer, D., Webber, J., Benthem, A., Maloney, K., Brakebill, J., Sekellick, A., Langland, M., Zhang, Q., Shenk, G., and others, 2020, Sediment dynamics and implications for management: State of the science from long-term research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, USA: WIREs Water, v. 7, no. 4, p. e1454.

Porter, A.J., Webber, J.S., Witt, J.W., and Jastram, J.D., 2020, Spatial and temporal patterns in streamflow, water chemistry, and aquatic macroinvertebrates of selected streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007–18: Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5061, 106 p.

Hyer, K.E., Denver, J.M., Langland, M.J., Webber, J.S., Böhlke, J.K., Hively, W.D., and Clune, J.W., 2016, Spatial and Temporal Variation of Stream Chemistry Associated With Contrasting Geology and Land-Use Patterns in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Summary of Results from Smith Creek, Virginia; Upper Chester River, Maryland; Conewago Creek, Pennsylvania; and Difficult Run, Virginia, 2010–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5093, p. 211.

Hyer, K.E., Jastram, J.D., Moyer, D.L., Webber, J.S., and Chanat, J., 2015. Evaluation and application of regional turbidity-sediment regression models in Virginia. Technical Paper in Proceedings of papers of the 5th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and the 10th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, Reno, NV, April 19-23.