John W Lane, Jr., Ph.D.

As Chief of the USGS Hydrogeophysics Branch since 2001, Dr. John W. Lane, Jr. provides leadership and support to USGS offices across the Water Mission Area in the application of geophysical methods for groundwater investigations.

Biography

Dr. Lane supervises Branch applied research, technical support, and technology transfer programs utilizing borehole, surface, and airborne geophysical methods including emerging applications of small unmanned aircraft systems.

Dr. Lane's applied research focuses on the development of quantitative geophysical methods in fractured rock and porous media, geophysical assessment of hydrologic processes, and on the application of hydrogeophysical methods for water resource and contamination assessment studies. Development and implementation of geophysical training and support for diverse audiences is a key component of Dr. Lane’s work. Dr. Lane has developed and supervised national, international, regional, and local instruction for USGS scientists and other cooperating agency personnel on the use of geophysics for groundwater exploration, water-resource assessment, and to address groundwater contamination and environmental engineering problems.