Joanna Thamke


Joanna is the Associate Center Director for Studies of the USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center. She oversees the interpretive scientific activities (Studies Program) in the Center, across both States, including all the Studies Sections and Units. She also serves as the general contact for the Center’s science activities in Montana. Joanna is the Field Representative of the U.S. Accredited Officer for the St. Mary and Milk Rivers.

Joanna has been with the USGS since the mid-1980s and has spent most of her career in Helena, MT. Her projects focus on water quality, water availability, water use, and energy in the Williston Basin. Joanna’s work has been recognized outside the USGS with the 2007 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Research Award, the 2008 U.S. Department of Interior Environmental Achievement Award, the 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Honor Award, the 2019 American Water Resources Association Montana Water Legend Award, and the 2020 University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.