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Molly S Wood

Molly Wood is currently on detail as the Acting Chief of the International Science Collaboration Branch in the USGS’ Office of International Programs. She was formerly the Acting Chief of the USGS Water Resources Mission Area’s Hydrologic Networks Branch and the USGS National Sediment Specialist.

Molly is a Senior Hydrologist for the USGS’ Water Resources Mission Area Headquarters, currently on detail to the USGS Office of International Programs. She has an educational background in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has worked in both the private consulting and federal government sectors. In her normal USGS Headquarters role, she serves as an advisor and coordinator for national sediment transport and surface water monitoring activities. She helps set national policies for water resources monitoring, advises on funding priorities, provides expert advice and training, and develops innovative water monitoring techniques to inform water resource management decisions. Previous USGS roles include serving as a Hydrologist for the Florida Integrated Science Center working on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, as a Hydrologist and Surface Water Specialist for the Idaho Water Science Center, and as the acting Chief of the USGS Headquarters’ Hydrologic Networks Branch. She has provided technical assistance with hydrologic data collection and research activities to government agencies and organizations across the world, including in Iraq, Laos, Chile, and Brazil.

Professional Experience

  • January 2023 to present: Acting Chief of the International Science Collaboration Branch, USGS Office of International Programs, Boise, ID

  • November 2020 – January 2023: Acting Chief of the Hydrologic Networks Branch, USGS Water Resources Mission Area, Boise, ID

  • January 2016 – January 2023: National Sediment Specialist/Senior Scientist, USGS Water Resources Mission Area, Boise, ID

  • March 2007 – January 2016: Surface Water Specialist, USGS Idaho Water Science Center, Boise, ID

  • February 2015 – June 2015: Acting Deputy Director, USGS Idaho Water Science Center, Boise, ID

  • May 2002 – March 2007: Hydrologist, USGS Florida Integrated Science Center, Orlando, FL

  • August 2000 – May 2002: Water Resources Engineer, Science Applications International Corporation, Oak Ridge, TN

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1998

  • International studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, 1997

  • International studies, National Outdoor Leadership School, Chilean Patagonia, 1996

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Florida

  • 2020 – present: Member, USGS Water Policy Advisory Council

  • 2019 – present: USGS representative, Sedimentation and Hydrology Interagency Committee

  • 2016 – present: USGS representative, U.S. Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project

  • 2012 – present: Member, USGS Sediment Acoustics Leadership Team

  • 2019 – 2020: Chair, USGS Next-Generation Water Observing System Imagery Team

  • 2018 – 2019: Co-Chair, USGS Integrated Water Prediction Sediment Core Team

  • 2016 – 2019: Chair, USGS Sediment Round Table

  • 2016 – 2019: USGS representative, U.S. Advisory Committee on Water Information, Subcommittee on Sedimentation

  • 2016 – 2019: Member, USGS Gulf Restoration Initiatives Workgroup

  • 2015 – 2020: Chair, USGS Next-Generation Index Velocity Streamflow Tools Workgroup

  • 2013 – 2021: Secretary, International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee 113, Subcommittee 5 Hydrometry

  • 2013 – 2021: USGS representative, ISO Technical Advisory Group

  • 2011 – 2016: Member, USGS Northwest Interdisciplinary Science Leadership Team

  • 2010 – 2012: Co-Chair, USGS Hydroacoustics Workgroup (HaWG)

  • 2009 – 2014: Member, USGS HaWG

  • 2009 – 2012: President, Engineers Without Borders, Treasure Valley Idaho Professional Chapter

  • 2008 – 2016: USGS representative, Idaho Silver Jackets Flood Coordination and Response Team

  • 2007 – 2018: Member, American Water Resources Association, Idaho Chapter

  • 2006 – 2007: Adjunct Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government