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Molly S Wood

Molly Wood is the National Sediment Specialist for the USGS Water Resources Mission Area’s Observing Systems Division. Most of her work focuses on developing policies and methods for measuring fluvial sediment transport and for computing streamflow using complex rating techniques. She also teaches national and international training courses on surface-water and sediment data collection.

Molly Wood has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee and is a registered Professional Engineer. She started working with the USGS in 2002; initially as a Hydrologist in the Florida Water Science Center working on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, then as Surface-Water Specialist for the Idaho Water Science Center, and now as the National Sediment Specialist for USGS Headquarters. She provides technical guidance for and leads initiatives to support national sediment and streamflow monitoring programs and related research. Her scientific work includes the estimation of fluvial sediment transport using surrogate technologies, estimation of reservoir capacity and sustainability, and applications of statistical hydrology. She has provided technical assistance in hydrologic data collection and research to government agencies across the world, including in Iraq, Laos, Chile, and Brazil.

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