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Matthew Andersen

Matthew Andersen (he/him) is the senior biologist for the USGS Office of International Programs.

As of early 2023 Andersen has more than 28 years of professional science experience. The majority of his work experience has been in aquatic and wetland habitats, but he also spent years working in the southwestern deserts of the US.

He began his professional experience with a private consulting firm working in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. He then worked for the State of Utah for six years, collaborating with regional and federal scientists and agency personnel in the Intermountain West.

Andersen has worked for USGS since November 2005 at positions in Arizona, Louisiana, and Virginia. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, always supporting collaborative applied projects among diverse scientists and institutions while increasing the size and scope of the programs. He has focused his work on science that delivers practical information for managers, decision makers, and the public.

He worked on mitigation of desert habitats disturbed by development, then expanded his work to helping conserve native aquatic species in the intermountain western US, supporting collaborative research among zoologists and ecologists in coastal Louisiana, coordinating science for priority ecosystems across the US, and leading development of decision support tools for the Lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia.

Just as USGS is a science advisor in the US, so Andersen seeks to understand and deliver solutions for the international biophysical and socioeconomic science that USGS can support. He supports a diverse assemblage of USGS scientists with global experience by leading proposals and projects in nations where they seek to continue their work, including Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Georgia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Mexico, Namibia, Palau, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Areas of USGS science supported include biology, ecology, hydrology, and veterinary medicine.


Professional Experience

  • 2015 to present: Senior Scientist for Biology, Office of International Programs

  • 2013 to 2015: Program Coordinator for Environments and Status & Trends, Ecosystems Mission Area

  • 2011 to 2013: Deputy Center Director, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS, Lafayette, Louisiana

  • 2005 to 2011: Biology Program Manager, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona

  • 1999 to 2005: Native Aquatic Species Program Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 1995 to 1999: Project Environmental Scientist, Dames & Moore Environmental Consulting, Las Vegas, Nevada


Education and Certifications

  • MS, 1995, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Biology major, Statistics minor

  • BA (With Distinction), 1985, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park California, Biology major, Chemistry minor

  • Certified Fisheries Scientist by American Fisheries Society, 2004 to present, Certificate 3475

  • State of Utah Certified Public Manager, 2002


Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Partnering Award 2015 from BOEM National Oceanographic Partnership Program

  • Award for Leadership at USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center 2010

  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Director’s Leadership Award 2002

  • Desert Fishes Council Carl Hubbs Best Student Paper Award 1997

  • American Museum of Natural History Teddy Roosevelt Research Awards 1993 and 1994


Abstracts and Presentations

  • NexView: An Integrated Framework for Examining Groundwater Availability in the Mekong River Delta, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting August 2022.

  • Magirl, C.S., and Andersen, M.E., 2010, Water velocity of the Colorado River: Implications for native fishes, in Melis, T.S., Hamill, J.F., Coggins, L.G., Jr., Grams, P.E., Kennedy, T.A., Kubly, D.M., and Ralston, B.E., eds., Proc. Colorado River Basin Science and Resource Management Symp., Nov. 18–20, 2008, Scottsdale, AZ: USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5135, p. 177-182.

  • Andersen, M.E., Keleher, C.J., Rasmussen, J.E., Hansen, E.S., Thompson, P.D., Speas, D.W., Routledge, M.D., and Hedrick, T.N., 2007, Status of June Sucker in Utah Lake and Refuges, in M.J. Brouder and J.A. Scheurer, eds., Status, Distribution, and Conservation of Native Freshwater Fishes of Western North America: A Symposium Proc.: American Fisheries Society Symposium 53: Bethesda, MD, p. 39-58.

  • Melis, T.S., Martell, S.J.D., Coggins, L.G., Jr., Pine, W.E., III, and Andersen, M.E., 2006, Adaptive management of the Colorado River Ecosystem below Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona: using science and modeling to resolve uncertainty in river management, in Proc. American Water Resources Assoc. Specialty Conf. on Adaptive Management and Water Infrastructure, June 26-28, Missoula, MT, 6 p.


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