Richard Dinicola


I have worked as a hydrologist with USGS Washington Water Science Center in Tacoma since 1983, serving as a staff scientist, groundwater technical specialist, and most recently as the Associate Director. I earned a BS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a MS in Forest Hydrology from Pennsylvania State University. Over the past 30+ years, I have conducted a wide range of hydrologic investigations in the Pacific Northwest addressing urbanization and rainfall-runoff processes, groundwater resources and contaminants, water availability, and interdisciplinary Puget Sound ecosystem science. I have authored and coauthored 30+ technical reports and journal articles. As Associate Director for Hydrologic Studies, I currently manage a team of about 35 scientists and technicians who conduct basic and problem-oriented research concerning the hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology of Washington State and the beyond. Beyond USGS, I serve on the Washington State Water Supply Availability Committee, the Steering Committee of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, and co-chair of the PSEMP Freshwater Workgroup. I am a Licensed Geologist and Hydrogeologist in the State of Washington, and am a long-time member of the American Geophysical Union.