Peter Griffiths

Peter has 30 years of federal service with the USGS, and most recently served as the USGS Deputy Regional Director for Operations in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

Biography

Career History and Highlights

He began his USGS career as a hydrologist in the National Research Program, where he provided technical support in hydrologic and geomorphic fieldwork, field survey, GIS, sediment analysis, and statistics to the Landscape Change in the Southwest research project. He then served as a research hydrologist, conducting research on mass-movement and sediment transport in the southwestern United States before becoming the Assistant Chief of the Central Branch of the National Research Program in the Water Mission Area.

 

Professional Experience

U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, 2015 to present. Deputy Regional Director for Operations, Rocky Mountain Region.

U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, 2009 to 2015. Assistant Chief, Central Branch of the National Research Program, Water Mission Area.

U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ, 2005 to 2009. Research Hydrologist, National Research Program. Conducted research focusing on mass-movement and sediment transport in the southwestern United States. Particular interests included the frequency, processes of initiation, and geomorphic impact of debris flows, especially in the canyons of the Colorado River system, and sediment yield and transport in small drainage basins in arid environments. Methods typically involve the collection and analysis of geospatial data and the modeling of landscape processes, and the use of naturally-occurring radioisotopes to track sediment movement and date sediment deposits.

U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ, 1991 to 2005. Hydrologist, National Research Program. Provided technical support in hydrologic and geomorphic fieldwork, field survey, GIS, sediment analysis, and statistics to the Landscape change in the Southwest research project.

 

Education

M.S., 1995, University of Arizona, Geosciences (Minor in Hydrology)

B.A., 1987, Yale University, Archeological Studies