Matthew Conlon


I began my career with the USGS in Pennsylvania following the completion of my BS in Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences and MS from the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Much of my work has been focused on groundwater projects in the northeastern part of the state, and area that has seen extensive Marcellus shale gas development from the mid 2000s onwards. This work includes managing a National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) study unit in the Summer of 2017 that focused on several shale gas plays across the nation in an effort to understand how proximity to active gas wells may effect water quality. I have also been involved in sampling and expanding the Pennsylvania Groundwater Monitoring Network, a project run in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP) that focuses on sampling wells across the state that are located in relatively-pristine environmental locations.

Currently, I am managing another NAWQA study unit in the alluvial aquifers of the Ohio River basin in Pennsylvania as well as sampling for both the groundwater network and the Water Quality Network (WQN), a surface water sampling effort operating in cooperation with PaDEP.