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Melissa Riskin

Melissa Riskin is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey New Jersey Water Science Center. 

Professional Experience

  • 2019-present, National Water Quality Network Assistant Coordinator, Assist in coordination of the USGS National Water Quality Network (NWQN) that consists of 110 stream and river sites with long-term, consistent information on streamflow and water-quality conditions. Product owner of Superfly Field Software. 

  • 2014-2019, NAWQA Status and Trends Team, National Water Quality Program. Project Lead for the National Water Quality Trends update. Harmonizing over 112 million records retrieved from the Water Quality Portal for use in the national surface-water trends report and mapper update. 

  • 2012-2014, NAWQA Data Aggregation Team, National Water Quality Program. Compilation, validation and formatting of large water-quality data sets for inclusion in the national database.

  • 2003-2015, Hydrologist 1) Surface water-quality and ecology sampling lead for NAWQA Project 2) Canadian River Study to compare streamflow for various climate change scenarios 3) Hydrologic Total Maximum Daily Load Study to address aquatic life impairment 4) Field coordinator to evaluate effects of potential changes in streamflow regime on aquatic-invertebrates

  • 2000-2002, Hydrologist, New Hampshire-Vermont WSC. Surface-water and ecological sampling; Investigated relation between nutrient and chlorophyll a concentrations in New England Streams; Responsible for the deployment and maintenance of sondes with a special focus on the YSI chlorophyll a sensor. 

  • 1998-2000, Hydrologist, New Jersey WSC. Collection and processing of surface-water and ground-water quality samples as part of the NJ Ambient Monitoring Network using USGS protocols. 

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Hydrology, University of New Hampshire, 2002

  • B.S. in Earth Science (Minor in Geology), Pennsylvania State University, 1997

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