Joyce E Williamson

I am the Director of the Dakota Water Science Center (DWSC) for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and am located in Rapid City, SD. The DWSC conducts basic hydrologic data collection and scientific investigations within North and South Dakota, such as climate modeling, groundwater modeling, and water-quality characterization and modeling.  



I have served in a number of leadership roles within the Center during my career; Information Technology Supervisor, Supervisor of Hydrologic Data, Acting Administrative Officer, Acting Director of the South Dakota Water Science Center, and Acting Director of the Dakota Water Science Center. I has published numerous reports, primarily in the area of water-quality, biological, and streamflow characterization.


B.S., Computer Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1998

M.S. Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2002


Williamson, J.E., and Anderson, M.T., 2012, Streamflow characteristics of gaged tributaries contributing to the Missouri River flood of 2011, in Presentation Abstracts, 2012 MRNRC Conference and BiOp Forum—The Big Muddy: What Have We Learned?, Pierre, S. Dak., March 13-16, 2012,.

Williamson, J.E., and Anderson, M.T., 2012, Characterization of streamflow from Missouri River tributaries in South Dakota, 2011 flooding [abs] in 2012 Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference, 10th, Rapid City, S. Dak., April 19, 2012.

Anderson, Mark, and Williamson, J.E., 2012, Comparison of runoff between water years 2011 and 2012, Missouri River Basin [abs]: 2012 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference Program and Abstracts, October 30, 2012, Brookings, S. Dak., p. 13

Williamson, J.E., Haj, A.E., Jr., Stamm, J.F., Valder, J.F., and Prautzch, V.L., 2014, Fluvial sediment fingerprinting—Literature review and annotated bibliography: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1216, 9 p.,