Kathy Conn


My research focuses on the occurrence, fate, and transport of contaminants in the aquatic environment. I received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William & Mary, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences. I have been a Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Washington Water Science Center since 2011 and the Center's Water-Quality Specialist since 2015. Recent activities and interests include:

- developing novel field methods to quantify fluvial sediment-bound chemical concentrations and fluxes from rivers to Puget Sound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUoIoyK3JlM)

- entry and movement of urban contaminants in nearshore coastal environments (https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc/science/coastal-habitats-puget-sound)

- monitoring of legacy contaminants (e.g., PCBs and metals), emerging contaminants (e.g., microplastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals), and microbial contaminants (e.g., bacteria, viruses, and fecal indicators) in aquatic resources with implications for ecological and human health

- providing technical guidance for water-quality projects, including study design, data quality, and dissemination