Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Johnathan R Bumgarner

John is experienced in conducting and managing hydrologic studies and data-collection; coordinating the scientific and administrative direction of scientific programs; collaborating with stakeholders and cooperators to facilitate ongoing program and develop new program to meet their science needs; and supervising, training, and directing personnel conducting scientific work.

John Bumgarner earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the USGS in 2010, John was an environmental consultant conducting groundwater and surface-water assessments, computational modeling of natural systems, and contaminant hydrology studies. Since starting with the USGS, John has served in the Texas, Minnesota, New Mexico, and New England Water Science Centers as a Hydrologist (TX), Studies Chief (TX and MN), and Director (NM and NewEng). John started in his current position as the Director of the USGS New England Water Science Center in 2020. The New England WSC has an incredibly talented staff completing a diverse scientific program in the areas of continuous hydrologic data-collection networks, water-quality assessments, hydrology and hydraulics, ecosystem assessments, and water availability and use.

Professional Experience

  • Director, USGS New England Water Science Center: 2020 to Present

  • Director, USGS New Mexico Water Science Center: 2016 to 2020

  • Acting Deputy Associate Director, USGS Water Mission Area: 2018 to 2018

  • Investigations Chief, USGS Minnesota Water Science Center: 2014 to 2016

  • Studies Chief, USGS South Texas Program Office: 2012 to 2014

  • Hydrologist, Central Texas Program Office: 2010 to 2012 

  • Scientist I to Geoscientist III, Anchor QEA: 2004 to 2010

  • Graduate Fellow, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant, Environmental Science Institute and Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin: 2002 to 2004

  • Hydrologic Technician, USGS Central Texas Program Office: 2001 to 2002

Education and Certifications

  • The University of Texas, M.S., Geological Sciences, 2005 • Thesis: Numerical modeling of septic-tank effluent transport in the vadose zone and biozone permeability in wastewater soil absorption system

  • The University of Texas, B.S. with Honors, Geological Sciences: Environmental Geology/Hydrogeology Option, 2002

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • USGS Field Managers Team: 2019 to present

  • USGS Water Mission Area Internal Communications Action Team: 2018 to 2020

  • USGS Diversity Council: Central States Sub-Council: 2017 to 2020

  • USGS Water Mission Area Science and Technical Employee Development (STED) Committee: Director Representative 2017 to 2020

  • North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area Advisory Council: Member 2014 to 2016

  • USGS Information Technology Advisory Committee: Member 2014 to 2015

  • Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Water Supply Enhancement Program Science Advisory Committee: Member 2011 to 2014

  • Austin Geological Society: President 2011 to 2012; Member 2008 to 2013

  • Sigma Xi: Member 2001 to Present

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government