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Paul Work, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE

Paul Work serves as the Program Chief for Estuarine Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport at the USGS California Water Science Center in Sacramento, California.

In his role at the California Water Science Center, Dr. Work oversees and conducts research on flows of water, sediment, and other water quality constituents in the San Francisco Estuary, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, and elsewhere. His team is responsible for, among other things, ensuring the integrity, timeliness and quality of surface water flow and quality data reported every fifteen minutes at more than fifty locations. This work is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Departments of Water Resources and the State Water Quality Control Board in California, and other sponsors. The work is motivated by a desire to maintain and improve the environmental health of the bay-estuary system and its inhabitants, while simultaneously meeting human needs for water.

Professional Experience

  • Joined USGS in 2013

  • 20 years as a faculty member in civil and environmental engineering programs at Georgia Tech and Clemson University

  • Served as an engineering consultant on domestic and international port and harbor problems and development projects

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida.

  • M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California - Berkeley

  • B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California - Berkeley

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Tahoe Science Advisory Council

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission panel on sand mining

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE)

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