Leslie Hsu


I joined the USGS in 2015 as the coordinator of the Community for Data Integration (CDI). This position allows me to combine my interests in Earth science, technology, information management, and facilitation of communities of practice.

Before joining the USGS, I spent time working with the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA), the Sediment Experimentalists Network (SEN), and exploring fluvial seismology, debris flow erosion, creeping faults, alluvial fans, and atmospheric chemistry.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 
    Ph.D in Earth & Planetary Science (2010) 
    Dissertation: Bedrock Erosion by Debris Flows 
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 
    M.S. in Geosciences (2002) 
    Thesis: Dating Quaternary Alluvial Fan Surfaces by Morphological Methods Based on Hillslope Diffusion 
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
    B.A. in Earth & Planetary Sciences (2000)
    Senior thesis: Atmospheric and Oceanic Distributions of Methyl Iodide (CH3I) for Global 3-D models