Rebecca Bushon


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. Rebecca is the Co-Chair of the Bureau Quality Management System (QMS) workgroup and helped to write the USGS policy, templates, and guidance documents for the implementation of QMS in USGS laboratories. She completed a detail as the Acting QMS Manager for the Water Mission Area and is currently on detail to the Office of Science Quality and Integrity working on the further development of the Bureau QMS.