Megan Poff

Megan joined the USGS in 2004 and is based in Henderson, Nevada.  She is currently the Data Chief of Nevada and Chair of the Hydrologic Data Advisory Committee.  

Biography

Megan started her career with the USGS in 2004 as a Hydrologic Technician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  In 2006 she was converted to a Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) employee, and became a permanent employee soon after completing her master's degree.  In addition to running a surface-water field trip, she taught herself basic .xml and .xslt programming and took on the task of improving the stylesheets used for viewing data collected with various field computing programs.  In November of 2010, Megan made the move to Henderson, Nevada for a position as a Hydrologist in the Southern Nevada Networks Unit.  She became the Field Office Chief in late 2011.  During her tenure as Field Office Chief, she substantially increased the technical capability of the Southern Nevada Networks Unit in indirect measurements and step-backwater computations, which was essential for streamgaging effectively in the flashy low desert environment around Las Vegas.  In 2020, she became the Nevada Data Chief.  Megan is passionate about employee development, working effectively across work units, and hydrologic data.  Megan has been involved in national USGS work in addition to her work in the field, most recently as the Chair of the Hydrologic Data Advisory Committee.  

Interests

As Nevada Data Chief, Megan has been interested in improving processes for efficiency, maintaining good cooperator relationships, and being an advocate for hydrologic technicians and others working in the USGS data collection community.  She manages the $4 million Nevada Networks program, which includes basic field data collection groups in Carson City and Las Vegas along with the Nevada Information Management Unit.  Most recently, she created a SharePoint Quality-Assurance site to house audit documents produced by the Nevada Networks Units.  She is also the point-of-contact for the Nevada Internal Technical Review Plans.    

Megan is an effective communicator and has taught SW1749 Introduction to Streamgaging, SW1182 - Surface Water Rating Curve Analysis, and Aquarius for New Users.  She has briefed the Water Mission Area's Executive Council on the HDAC Hydrologic Technician Retention Survey results and uses Teams Live for large-scale webinars.  In 2019, she completed a new technology-enabled learning course funded by Office of Employee Development, "Indirect Measurement Field Technques." All videos are section 508-compliant and available on YouTube. A sample video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rqy8_ZOHZw&feature=youtu.be

Education

B.S. in Environmental Science at Marietta College

M.En in Environmental Sciences at Miami University of Ohio