Rebecca Bushon


Rebecca is a Staff Scientist for the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) where she is working on the development of Quality Management System (QMS) policy and guidance for USGS laboratories. Rebecca is the co-chair of the Bureau QMS workgroup which includes representatives from Mission Areas with laboratories, representatives from Headquarters, and subject matter experts that collectively develop, evaluate, and improve the QMS. Rebecca began her career at the USGS in 1997 working as a laboratory scientist in the Ohio Water Microbiology Laboratory (OWML). She became the Laboratory Manager of the OWML in 2005 and has led research projects focused on monitoring for microbiological indicators and pathogens in water and understanding the processes that affect these organisms in the environment. Specific research topics include rapid detection methods for monitoring the microbiological quality of recreational waters, rapid-viability methods for homeland security applications, and microbial source tracking. In 2018-2019, she served a detail as the Acting QMS Manager for the Water Mission Area before transferring to OSQI.