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Jennifer L. Rapp


Jennifer Rapp leads the Decision Support Branch of the Integrated Information Dissemination Division of the Water Resources Mission Area.

Within the Decision Support Branch she has many opportunities to build collaborations across disciplines (social scientists, geographers, decision scientists, physical scientists, modelers, and IT specialists) to study human factors that affect water availability and water insecurity, develop decision support tools, and enhance participatory science with indigenous groups, community science organizations, and under-represented groups across the Nation.   Current project work in the branch involves development of the National Modeled Water Atlas to deliver routinely updated water availability information in the United States.

Jennifer has a Master's degree in Geography with a focus on aquatic habitat from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which led to USGS research focused on GIS and ecological flows for fish habitat in in Virginia.  Throughout her career she has paired data science and visualizations to help policy makers and managers make sense of complex hydrologic and biologic information.  Many of her studies involved anthropogenic impacts on endangered species and monitoring of environmental conditions to inform management actions. 

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