Jessica Driscoll, PhD


Jessica is a Hydrologist in the Water Resources Mission Area working on spatial and temporal analysis of observed and simulated data, hydrologic model development and evaluation, and research project management. She currently leads research to estimate water availability from regional to continental domains, specifically focused on cryospheric and storage process representation in hydrologic models.



  • 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 Certificate: Water Policy, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Graduate Certificate: Geographic Information Systems, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • 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.


Professional Appointments

Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Mission Area (2014 - present)

  • Program Manager, Hydrologic Drought Program, National Water Census Portfolio (2020 - present)
  • Project Manager, Water Budget Estimation and Evaluation Project (2018 - present)
  • Detail to the Integrated Modeling and Predictions Division, Earth System Modeling Branch (2017 - 2019)
  • Detail to the National Research Program (2016 - 2017)
  • Project Manager, New Mexico Water Science Center (2014 - 2016)

Research AssistantWater Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2013-2014)

    Cartographic Technician, National Park Service, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana (2009, 2010)

    Research AssistantDepartment of Hydrology and Water Resources, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2006-2014)