Marina J Metes


Marina’s research involves using remotely sensed data, primarily lidar, to map and investigate fluvial geomorphic processes and land use change. This has included developing new methods for locating headwater streams and incised channels, and applying geospatial tools to extract stream and floodplain characteristics at the watershed scale to better infer rates of streambank erosion and floodplain deposition. Prior to joining the USGS, Marina worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Tennessee coordinating floodplain reforestation, bank stabilization, and stream cleanup projects following historic flooding in the Metro Nashville region, and as a GIS analyst for the River Management Society. Marina received a B.S. in Earth Science from Michigan State University in 2012 and an M.S. in Geography and Environmental Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2018.



Lamont, S., L. Ahmed, M.J. Metes, P. Claggett, K.G. Hopkins, G.B. Noe. (2019). Floodplain and Channel Evaluation Tool (FACET). Version 0.1.0. [Software release]. U.S. Geological Survey. DOI:

Hopkins, K.G., G.B. Noe, F. Franco, E.J. Pindilli, S. Gordon, M.J. Metes, P.R. Claggett, A.C. Gellis, C.R. Hupp, D.M. Hogan. 2018. A method to quantify and value floodplain sediment and nutrient retention ecosystem servicesJournal of Environmental Management, 220: 65-76.

Hopkins, K.G., Metes, M.J., Noe, G.B., and Claggett, P.R., 2018, Difficult Run Floodplain Sediment and Nutrient Retention Ecosystem Service Datasets, Fairfax County, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Hopkins, K.G., Lamont, S., Claggett, P.R., Noe, G.B., Gellis, A.C., Lawrence, C.B., Metes, M.J., Strager, M.P., and Strager, J.M., 2018, Stream Channel and Floodplain Metric Toolbox: U.S. Geological Survey data release,