Katharine Graham Dahm, PhD



Katharine is the USGS Rocky Mountain Region Senior Scientist. This position serves to link the Water Science Centers and Biological Science Center to the Region, working closely with leadership and science staff in the centers. In July 2021, Katharine served as Acting Director of the USGS Utah Water Science Center.

Career History and Highlights

Prior to coming to the USGS, Katharine managed the Water Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance Branch within the Bureau of Reclamation's Dam Safety and Infrastructure Directorate, Asset Management Division. Her team served as the bureau-lead and advisor for Reclamation's western water operations and water infrastructure facility management. During her career with Reclamation she worked in operations, planning, design, and research including serving as the program manager for the WaterSMART West-Wide Risk Assessment Program and Reservoir Operations Program. Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Katharine worked in the private industry as a consultant for water management projects for the energy and mineral industries.


Katharine received her B.S. from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Environmental Engineering and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines in Environmental Science and Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Colorado.