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Melissa Schaar

Melissa is new to the Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, joining the USGS in 2021 to serve as the Groundwater and Water Quality Studies Chief.

She came to the USGS with twenty years of experience working in private industry and government in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, engineering, water use, water quality, and policy.  She was a Supervisory Hydrologist for the Montana DNRC, a Water Quality Standards specialist for the Montana DEQ, and a consultant for private industry. She is a Wyoming Licensed Professional Geologist. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, backpacking and skiing, and turning her Helena backyard into a gardener’s paradise. 

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Geological Engineering, Montana Technological University, 2000

  • B.S. in Earth Science, Montana State University, 1997

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