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Jeff W. McCoy

Jeff McCoy is the Chief of the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) in Denver, CO. Jeff brings a wealth of experience in methods research and development and laboratory management to this position.

Jeff joined the NWQL in 2007 as the Chief of the Methods Research and Development Program (MRDP). Jeff’s leadership in methods research and development has resulted in the creation of new national methods for chemical analysis of water, sediments, and tissues for the National Water Quality Program, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, and Water Science Centers. These new methods have transitioned the NWQL to a new generation of instruments, increased automation, improved efficiency, and lowered unit cost per analysis compared to older methods. New methods under Jeff's guidance also have resulted in improvements in the quality of laboratory results and interpretations of those results. Jeff serves on the Quality Management Subcommittee of the Strategic Laboratory Committee (SLC) of the USGS. The SLC promotes the development of a community of practice for all USGS laboratories. 

Prior to joining the USGS, Jeff worked at the Dow Chemical Company for 22 years and served for two years as a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). While at Dow, Jeff conducted method development research in ultra-trace environmental analysis, adhesive failure analysis, migration of organic and polymeric components in composites and coatings, microanalysis of ceramics and cermets and in non-target analysis. At NCAR, Jeff participated in studies of air pollution in Mexico and Asia. 

Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He attended graduate school at Colorado State University where his dissertation research involved mass spectrometry of natural product alkaloids.