Rebecca Travis, LPG


Rebecca Travis started her USGS career in 2012 working at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center as a Physical Scientist working on projects ranging from air quality monitoring at a combined disposal facility in East Chicago, Indiana to groundwater level monitoring for a network of wells in Carmel, Indiana. In 2016, she began work as a Hydrologist at the New Mexico Water Science where she has focused her efforts on studying anthropogenic contamination and focuses studies in the designated Urban Waters area of Albuquerque, NM. These studies have involved innovative passive sampling of groundwater and surface water, sampling of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and the study of geochemical processes using geochemical and age dating tracers for groundwater. Prior to working for the USGS, she spent 11 years working on source water protection and remediation projects for the state of Indiana. She has a Masters of Science in Geological Sciences from Indiana University - Bloomington.



  • M.S. Geological Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, 2001
  • B.S. Geological Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, 1998

Professional Experience:

  • 2016-present: Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, New Mexico Water Science Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2012-2016: Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2001-2012: Environmental Manager, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indianapolis, Indiana