Lisa D Olsen

Lisa Olsen currently serves as a Water-Quality Specialist for the USGS Water Mission Area Laboratory & Analytical Services Division.

Biography

Lisa Olsen currently serves as a Water-Quality Specialist for the USGS Water Mission Area Laboratory & Analytical Services Division. She is particularly intersted in supporting continual improvement in laboratory processes and documentation. She can provide technical support regarding the quality-assurance of field and laboratory data, including giving advice on evaluating laboratory performance for analyses of water quality and sediment.

Lisa's education includes a Bachelor's degree (1991) in chemistry with a minor in English (technical writing) and a Master's degree (1994) in physical geography with a concentration in environmental science. She also successfully completed the USDA Graduate School's Women's Executive Leadership Program in 1998-1999.

Lisa joined the USGS in 1993, as a Volunteer for Science in Memphis, investigating the fate and transport of agricultural chemicals under different tillage practices and analyzing water samples for major ions by HPLC. In 1995, she moved to Maryland and joined the MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, where she worked on several water-quality studies on Aberdeen Proving Ground and operated a laboratory for the analyses of water, headspace, and sediment for VOCs by GC-MS, and water samples for dissolved gases by GC-ECD and for bromide by ion-selective electrode. In 1999-2002, she led a multidiscipline team investigating groundwater contamination and natural attenuation of VOCs in a tidal wetland, including sampling a large network of piezometers, delineating contaminant plumes, evaluating redox processes, and executing an unusually small-scale tracer test to evaluate groundwater movement and contaminant fate over small distances (6-inch intervals). As part of planning, executing, and reporting this work, Lisa developed a dedication to sound quality-assurance practices in study design, field work, laboratory analysis, data verification, and reporting of results. During 2002-2005, Lisa accepted a few rounds of "acting" management, developed projects with the DOD, USEPA, and other cooperators, and performed data verification (field measurements, nutrients, pesticides, etc.) for several projects.

In 2005, Lisa accepted a position in the California Water Science Center as Water-Quality Specialist, where she reviews proposals, datasets, and reports for technical soundness and quality. The size and diversity of program in the CAWSC has provided an abundance of rich datasets and interpretative products, offering opportunities to develop tools and approaches for ensuring data quality. Lisa represents the USGS in USEPA stakeholder groups (ETV and TTEP) for water monitoring and water security.  In 2010-2011, she also worked on the NAWQA Program's National Target Analyte Strategy work group to prioritize chemical constituents for future regional or national-scale ambient monitoring in water and sediment, and she has led the effort on a USGS report documenting the outcome of that effort.

In 2014, Lisa joined the Water Science Field Team as the Water-Quality Specialist for the Southeastern states, where she played a key role in providing technical support and reviewing technical aspects of water-quality programs, publications, and proposals. In 2018, she moved into the Water Mission Area's Laboratory and Analytical Services Division, with the goal of supporting the LASD in increasing the quality and consistency of operations.

 

Publications

Paul, A.P., Garbarino, J.R., Olsen, L.D., Rosen, M.R., Mebane, C.A., and Struzeski, T.M., 2016, Potential sources of analytical bias and error in selected trace-element data quality analyses: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5135, 58 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165135.

Metzger, L.F., Landon, M.K., House, S.F., and Olsen, L.D., 2015, Mapping selected trace elements and major ions, 2000-2012, Mojave River and Morongo Groundwater Basins, Southwestern Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Data Release, http://ca.water.usgs.gov/mojave/water-quality.html, doi:10.5066/F7Q23X95. [Link]

Olsen, L.D., Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., and Zogorski, J.S., 2013, Prioritization of constituents for national- and regional-scale ambient monitoring of water and sediment in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5218, 203 p., plus supplemental tables, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2012/5218/. [Link]

Pellerin, B.A., Bergamaschi, B.A., Downing, B.D., Saraceno, J.F., Garrett, J.A., and Olsen, L.D., 2013, Optical techniques for the determination of nitrate in environmental waters: Guidelines for instrument selection, operation, deployment, maintenance, quality assurance, and data reporting: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 1–D5, 37 p. [Link]

Thiros, Susan A.; Bender, David A.; Mueller, David K.; Rose, Donna L.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Martin, Jeffrey D.; Bernard, Bruce; Zogorski, John S., 2011. Design and evaluation of a field study on the contamination of selected volatile organic compounds and wastewater-indicator compounds in blanks and groundwater samples. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5027, x, 85 p.[Link]

Olsen, Lisa D.; Fram, Miranda S.; Belitz, Kenneth, 2010. Review of Trace-Element Field-Blank Data Collected for the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program, May 2004-January 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5220, vii, 47 p. [Link]

Olsen, Lisa D.; Tenbus, Frederick J., 2005. Design and analysis of a natural-gradient ground-water tracer test in a freshwater tidal wetland, West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5190, 126 p. [Link]

Olsen, Lisa D., 2003. Selected applications of hydrologic science and research in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., 2001-2003. Geological Survey (U.S.) Fact Sheet 126-03, 8 p. [Link]

Phelan, Daniel J.; Fleck, William B.; Lorah, Michelle M.; Olsen, Lisa D., 2002. Changes in ground-water quality in the Canal Creek Aquifer between 1995 and 2000-2001, West Branch Canal Creek area, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002-4076, vii, 42 p. : col. ill., maps (1 col.) ; 28 cm. [Link]

Anderson, Anita L.; Miller, Cherie V.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Doheny, Edward J.; Phelan, Daniel J., 2002. Water quality, sediment quality, and stream-channel classification of Rock Creek, Washington, D.C., 1999-2000. Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002-4067, vi, 91 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm. [Link]

Phelan, Daniel J.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Senus, Michael P.; Spencer, Tracey A., 2001. Assessment of volatile organic compounds in surface water at Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, November 1999-September 2000. Open-File Report 2001-292, vii, 49 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm. [Link]

Spencer, Tracey A.; Phelan, Daniel J.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Lorah, Michelle M., 2001. Ground-water and surface-water quality data for the West Branch Canal Creek area, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Open-File Report 2001-420, 1 v. (various pagings) [295 p.]: ill., maps; 28 cm. [Link]

Phelan, Daniel J.; Senus, Michael P.; Olsen, Lisa D. , 2001. Lithologic and ground-water-quality data collected using Hoverprobe drilling techniques at the West Branch Canal Creek wetland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, April-May 2000. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 2000-446, vii, 43 p. :col. ill., maps ;28 cm.[Link]

Olsen, Lisa D.; Spencer, Tracey A., 2000. Assessment of volatile organic compounds in surface water at West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1999. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 2000-203, iv, 15 p. :maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Spencer, Tracey A.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Lorah, Michelle M.; Mount, Mastin M. , 2000. Water-quality and water-level data for a freshwater tidal wetland, West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, October 1998-September 1999. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 2000-282, vii, 185 p. :ill. (some col.), maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Phelan, D. J.; Olsen, L. D.; Cashel, M. L.; Tegeler, J. L.; Marchand, E. H., 1998. Assessment of soil, surface-water, and ground-water contamination at selected sites at J-field, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4037, ix, 76 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Olsen, L. D.; Lorah, M. M.; Marchand, E. H.; Smith, B. L.; Johnson, M. A. , 1997. Hydrogeologic, water-quality, and sediment-quality data for a freshwater tidal wetland, West Branch Canal Creek, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1992-96. U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Open-File Report 97-560, viii, 267 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Lorah, Michelle M.; Olsen, Lisa D.; Smith, Barrett L.; Johnson, Mark A.; Fleck, William B., 1997. Natural attenuation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds in a freshwater tidal wetland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4171, x, 95 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 28 cm. [Link]

Olsen, Lisa D., 1995. Pesticide movement in soils; a comparison of no-tillage and conventional tillage in the Beaver Creek watershed in West Tennessee. U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S.G.S. Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Open-File Report 95-329, 1 folded sheet :ill. ;22 x 36 cm. folded to 22 x 9 cm. [Link]