Laura Hubbard is a Research Hydrologist with the Upper Midwest Water Science Center and the co-lead of the Food Resources Integrated Science Team within the Ecosystems Mission Area Environmental Health Program.
Laura Hubbard earned a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Earth Sciences (Hydrology) from Indiana University. She began her career at the USGS as a student trainee assisting urban non-point and rural edge-of-field runoff projects. Beginning in 2007, she led projects examining nutrient retention in restored and native oxbow wetlands. Shortly after she began working on projects focused on contaminants of emerging concern, including characterizing chemical and microbial contaminants from animal feeding operations and the hydrological, chemical, and biological effects of eliminating a wastewater treatment facility discharge from an urban stream ecosystem. As a co-lead of the Food Resources Integrated Science Team within the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area, she has led and coordinated national studies investigating agricultural and urban contaminants in groundwater, surface water, and plant and animal tissue including viruses, bacteria, pathogens, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, disinfection by-products, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals.
Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Madison, WI, 2022 to present
Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Madison, WI, 2013 to 2022
Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Iowa City, IA, 2007 to 2013
Student Trainee (Hydrology), U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center, Middleton, WI, 2002 to 2007
Education and Certifications
M.S. 2007, Indiana University, Earth Sciences (Hydrology); research emphasis: hydrology, geochemistry, nutrient export, and event-driven sampling
B.S. 2004, University of Wisconsin, Major: Geological Sciences, Minor: Environmental Science