Jessica Driscoll, PhD


Jessica began her career with the USGS at the New Mexico Water Science Center. After earning her PhD from the University of Arizona's Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, she went on a two year detail to the Water Resource Mission Area's National Research Program with the Modeling of Watershed Systems group in Colorado. There she worked collaboratively to evaluate and improve snow and storage processes in watershed model simulations, as well as contributing to the National Hydrologic Model Infrastructure and the pilot National Integrated Water Availability Assessment. Dr. Driscoll currently leads a research project on Snow Hydrology in addition to the Water Resources Mission Area's Drought Science Program in the Water Availability and Use Science Program Portfolio.


  • PhD: Hydrology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Thesis: Impacts of climate change in snowmelt-dominated catchments: development and application of comparative methods to quantify the role of dynamic storage and subsurface hydrologic flowpath structure.
  • Graduate Certificates: Water Policy, Geographic Information Systems
  • MS: Hydrology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Thesis: Use of a reaction path model to identify hydrologic stucture in an alpine catchment, Colorado, USA.
  • BA: Geology, cum laude, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. Thesis: Aragonite pseudomorphs as kinematic indicators of Syros Island, Greece.


  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Mission Area, Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division (2019 - present)
  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Rocky Mountain Region, New Mexico Water Science Center (2014 - 2019)