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Jenna L Shelton, Ph.D.

Jenna Shelton is an Associate Program Coordinator with the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program in Reston, VA.

Jenna received a B.S. in Environmental Geology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011, a M.S. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Colorado School of Mines in 2016. She joined the USGS as a student in 2011 and has been in her current position since 2021. Her areas of research and expertise are in subsurface hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, microbial methanogenesis, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery, isotope geochemistry, and compositional data analysis.


Professional Experience

  • August 2021 to present: Associate Program Coordinator, U.S. GeoFramework Initiative & STATEMAP, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Reston, VA
  • May 2016 to August 2021: Research Hydrologist, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Reston, VA
  • May 2013 to May 2016: Physical Scientist Technician, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Denver, CO
  • May 2011 to May 2013: Student Career Experience Program, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Tucson, AZ



  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering Science, Colorado School of Mines, 2016
  • M.S. Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, 2013
  • B.S. Environmental Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011