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Jeanne E Godaire

Jeanne Godaire currently serves as a Regional Senior Scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Rocky Mountain Region. This position serves to link the Geologic Science Centers to the Region and to coordinate scientific investigations between centers and other partners, working closely with leadership, partners, and science staff in the centers.

Before joining USGS, Jeanne managed the Seismology and Geomorphology Group in the Bureau of Reclamation's Technical Service Center Directorate, Geotechnical Services Division. Her team served as the bureau-lead for seismic hazard investigations, paleoflood hydrology investigations, strong motion monitoring for Reclamation facilities and earthquake monitoring for the Paradox Valley Unit of the Colorado River Salinity Control Program. For the Bureau of Reclamation, she also worked as a geomorphologist in the Flood Hydrology and Sedimentation and River Hydraulics groups with interdisciplinary teams of hydrologists, hydraulic engineers and biologists to address flood hazards, sedimentation and erosion impacts to infrastructure, habitat restoration, and climate change research. Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Jeanne worked for the Arizona Geological Survey as a geologist, conducting Quaternary geologic mapping and geomorphic investigations.

Education and Certifications

  • BSc, Bucknell University in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology, 1995

    Thesis: Analysis of the Light Street Fault in Relation to the Berwick Anticlinorium

  • MSc, University of Arizona in Geosciences, 1997

    Thesis: Paleoflood Hydrology and Historic Flood Analysis in the Upper Verde River Basin, Central Arizona

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Godaire, J.E., Bauer, T.R., and R.E. Klinger, 2007, Regional analysis of paleoflood data and its application to flood hazard assessment.  4th International Palaeoflood Workshop, Programme and Abstracts, June 24-30, 2007, Crete, Greece, p. 47.

  • Godaire, J.E., Bauer, T.R. and L.S. Cummings, 2008, Use of soil development, sedimentology, radiocarbon analysis and palynology to estimate the extent of extreme floods on the Upper Trinity River, California. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Binghampton Geomorphology Symposium, October 9-11, 2008, Austin, Texas.

  • Godaire, J.E., 2009, Fluvial adjustments along the lower Bighorn River, Montana following dam construction. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, GSA Annual Meeting, October 18-21, 2009, Portland, OR.

  • Godaire, J.E., Russell, K.L. and J.A. Bountry, 2010, Fluvial geomorphology of the Entiat River, WA and implications for stream restoration. Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Godaire, J.E. and S. Kimbrel, 2015, Finley Creek alluvial fan geomorphic and hydraulic analyses and implications for restoration. Proceedings of the 5th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 10th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 19-23, 2015, Reno, NV, p. 941-952.

  • Bountry, J., Godaire, J. and D.N. Bradley, 2017, How physical processes are informing management actions at Marble Bluff Dam, Truckee River, Nevada: Abstracts with Programs, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2017.

  • Godaire, J.E., Ubing, C., Stone, A., and J. Bountry, 2019, Paleoflood hydrology of the Deadwood River, Idaho. Proceedings of SEDHYD 2019 Conferences on Sedimentation and Hydrologic Modeling, 24-28 June 2019, Reno, NV, p. 153-158.

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