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Katherine R Merriman


Katie started with the U.S. Geological Survey as a student contractor for the NRP in Boulder, CO in 2008. She joined the Arkansas Water Science Center as a Hydrologist in 2010, the Illinois Water Science Center in 2013, and the New York Water Science Center in 2019. Katie has developed SWAT models for water quality issues all over the country. Her most recent project was developing field-scale SWAT models to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Priority Watersheds project, to determine the impact of agricultural conservation practices within small watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin. She has experience on several other models, such as: HSPF, APEX, HEC-HMS. Her other past work has included GIS based projects, including inundation mapping, calculating basin characteristics, and creating arcPython based scripts to automate calculations, compute statistics and produce reports. Her work in Arkansas concluded with a capstone project, documenting everything groundwater in the state, which was one of the top OGW publications for 2014. She also worked on the 2015 USGS water use compilation for the Illinois. She previously worked on a wide range of environmental engineering and water quality projects while in federal consulting (EPA, DOD, DOE) for two years.


M.S. -- Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2008

B.S. -- Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2005

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