Richard Verdi


Richard J. Verdi is the Chief of Hydrologic Surveillance at the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Water Science Center in Northborough, MA.  Before moving to Massachusetts in July 2012, Richard was Hydrologist and Field Office Chief at the Florida Water Science Center in Tallahassee.  His responsibilities include maintaining cooperative relationships and fostering new ones with local, state, and Federal agencies to develop complex multi-disciplinary hydrologic data collection programs, supervising a staff of highly skilled hydrologists and hydrographers, ensuring that projects meet the goals of the USGS Science Strategy, and representing the USGS at meetings and conferences (public, cooperator, legislative, and professional).

Richard has also lead as Project Chief and senior author, as well as co-authored numerous complex hydrologic reports and journal articles.  His primary research interests are in flood and drought hazards and statistics.

Richard has been an active member of the NWISWeb Users Group (NWUG) since 2004.  The NWUG represents the external (non-USGS) users of USGS water data provided via NWISWeb only. The NWUG focuses on requirements that define and qualify the data, information, and "business functions" needed to improve the products and services provided directly to external users via NWISWeb.


Florida State University–Tallahassee, Florida 
Degree: Master of Science in Geography
Completion Date: April 2007
Advisor: Dr. Xiaojun Yang
Thesis Title: Implications of Spatial Resolution on Hydrological Network Modeling: A Case Study in the Chipola River Basin, Florida

Florida International University–Miami, Florida
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Geology
Completion Date: December 2001
Advisor: Dr. Florentin Maurrasse        
Undergraduate Research Title: Identification of Petrographic Facies and Quantification of Porosity in Pleistocene Platform Carbonates, Southeastern Florida



Verdi, R.J., Lotspeich, R.R., Robbins, J.C., Busciolano, R.J., Mullaney, J.R., Massey, A.J., Banks, W.S., Roland, M.A., Jenter, H.L., Peppler, M.C., Suro, T.P., Schubert, C.E., and Nardi, M.R., 2017, The surge, wave, and tide hydrodynamics (SWaTH) network of the U.S. Geological Survey—Past and future implementation of storm-response monitoring, data collection, and data delivery: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1431, 35 p. [Link]

Verdi, R.J., 2015, Hydrologic conditions in Massachusetts during water year 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1056, 10 p. [Link]

Massey, A.J., and Verdi, R.J., 2015, Storm tide monitoring during the blizzard of January 26–28, 2015, in eastern Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1081, 8 p. [Link]

Verdi, R.J., and Socolow, R.S., 2015, Hydrologic conditions in Rhode Island during water year 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1127, 8 p.,[Link]

Davis, J.H. and Verdi, R.J., 2013, Groundwater flow cycling between a submarine spring and an inland fresh water spring: Groundwater, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12125 [Link]

McCallum, Brian E.; Wicklein, Shaun M.; Reiser, Robert G.; Busciolano, Ronald ; Morrison, Jonathan ; Verdi, Richard J.; Painter, Jaime A.; Frantz, Eric R.; Gotvald, Anthony J. , 2013, Monitoring storm tide and flooding from Hurricane Sandy along the Atlantic coast of the United States, October 2012, USGS Open-File Report: 2013-1043 [Link]

Verdi, Richard J.; Dixon, Joann F., 2011. Magnitude and frequency of floods for rural streams in Florida, 2006. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5034, v, 20 p.; Appendices; 1 Plate: 36.00 x 36.00 inches; Supplementary Files [Link]

Verdi, Richard J.; Holt, Sandra L., 2010. Floods in Florida due to Tropical Storm Fay, August 15 through September 26, 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1142, vi, 18 p. [Link]

Verdi, Richard J.; Holt, Sandra L; Irvin, Ronald B.; Fulcher, David L., 2010. Hydrologic conditions in Florida during Water Year 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5115, viii, 52 p. [Link]

Verdi, Richard Jay; Tomlinson, Stewart A., 2009. A Centennial Tribute, 1906-2006: History of U.S. Geological Survey Streamgaging Activities for the Suwannee River at White Springs, Florida. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1330, x, 43 p. [Link]

Verdi, Richard Jay; Tomlinson, Stewart A.; Irvin, Ronald B.; Fulcher, David L., 2009. Hydrologic Conditions in Florida during Water Year 2007. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5221, x, 45 p. [Link]

Katz, Brian G., Alejandro Sepulveda, and Richard J. Verdi. 2009. Estimating Nitrogen Loading to Ground Water and Assessing Vulnerability to Nitrate Contamination in a Large Karstic Springs Basin, Florida. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45 (3): 607-627. [Link]

Verdi, R.J., 2007, Hydrologic Conditions in Northwest Florida: 2006 Water Year: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007-3054, 6 p. [Link]

Verdi, R.J., 2007, Real-Time Water Data via Satellite Telemetry in Florida, in Coastal Science & Research News from Across the USGS: U.S. Geological Survey online report, Accessible at URL [Link]

Verdi, Richard Jay; Sepulveda, A. Alejandro, 2006. Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida, May 2005. Open-File Report 2006-1310, 1 sheet, 20 by 20 inches [Link]

Verdi, Richard Jay; Tomlinson, Stewart A.; Marella, Richard L., 2006. Drought of 1998-2002: impacts on Florida's hydrology and landscape. Circular 1295, viii, 34 p.: foldout ill. (Fig. 5, Table 2), 11 x 17 in. [Link]

Verdi, R.J., 2005, Hydrologic effects of the 2004 hurricane season in northwest Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1277, 18 p. [Link]