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Jennifer L Bruce


Jen Bruce is a physical scientist and communications specialist for the Integrated Information Dissemination Division of the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

Jen spent much of her early life trying to choose between her scientific and artistic interests, and is very happy to have found a career where she can embrace both. She has degrees in graphic design, physical geography, and environmental management, and before her federal service, she worked in many private sectors including business communications, telecom research, and environmental advocacy. She is proud to contribute her diverse experience and skills to help make USGS science and information more usable and accessible.

Jen first joined the USGS in 2003 as a publications specialist with the Wisconsin Water Science Center, and served as their outreach coordinator, web lead, cartographer, graphics and interface designer, and plain-language writer/editor. She was also the Science in the Great Lakes Mapper lead until 2019. She currently works in the Web Communications Branch of the Integrated Information Dissemination Division (IIDD) of the USGS Water Resources Mission Area (WMA). She led the WMA's Web Communications, Outreach, and Education (WebCOE) function until 2021, which included overseeing the WMA's static external web presence and developing communication campaigns and products.

In 2021, Jen took on a new role as the lead for the Stakeholder Engagement for Water Hazard Science and Response Project (SERP) for the WMA Water Hazards Program. The goal of this project is to identify how the WMA can best support USGS water-hazard activities before, during, and after an event. This includes understanding internal and external perceptions, needs, and organizational processes to identify opportunities to improve the consistency, alignment, and maturity of USGS water-hazard science, response, communication, and data delivery.

Jen continues to serve as a communications strategist and content manager for the Water Mission Area as well as USGS Emergency Management. She also co-leads the USGS Water External Communications Community of Practice (WEC) and is an administrator and storymap specialist for the USGS ArcGIS Online (AGOL) community.