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Joanna Thamke

Joanna is currently the Acting Director for the USGS Oregon Water Science Center.  She works with the ORWSC's leadership team to guide more than 100 scientists, technicians, administrative and information technology professionals.

Joanna is also the Associate Director for Studies of the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center.  She oversees interpretive scientific activities (Studies Program), across both States. She serves as the general contact for Center science activities in Montana.

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. 

Honors and Awards

  • 2007 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Research Award

  • 2008 U.S. Department of Interior Environmental Achievement Award

  •  2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Honor Award

  • 2019 American Water Resources Association Montana Water Legend Award

  •  2020 University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

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