Robert B Swanson

Robert Swanson is the retired Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center located in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Robert Swanson Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center (NEWSC) from 2004 to 2018.  The NEWSC has about 40 dedicated water science professionals, support personnel, and students. The Center has offices in Lincoln and North Platte, Nebraska. He oversees a science program that is managed through two sections, Hydrologic Surveillance and Hydrologic investigations.  The USGS operates over 130 streamgaging stations, about 70 continuous groundwater recorders, and compiles ground-water levels for over 5,000 wells in Nebraska.  The NEWSC has program strength in groundwater modeling, geophysical and geohydrologic investigations, hydrographic surveys, real-time water-quality monitoring, river science studies, and water-quality investigations. 

Prior to 2004, he gained a wide range of experience in the Hydrologic Surveillance (Data) Section as a hydrologic technician and hydrologist in the Lincoln, Cambridge, Ord, and North Platte Field Offices. He served as field hydrologist for the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program's Central Nebraska River (CNBR) Basins Study Unit research team and later as CNBR Study Unit Chief.  From 1999 to 2004, Bob was assigned to the USGS Wyoming Water Science Center as the Chief of Hydrologic Surveillance. He has also been Acting Director for both the Iowa and Missouri Water Science Centers. He has served on numerous committees for the advancement of science and technology in the USGS, as well as business practice committees.

Mr. Swanson is currently serving as Director Emeritus and volunteers at the NEWSC.