Robert Holmes, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.EWRI, D.WRE

As Hydrodynamics Branch Chief, Dr. Holmes conducts research and oversees scientists and projects working in the areas of hydraulics, erosion, sedimentation, and geomorphology. As the Acting Chief of the Water Cycle Branch,  Dr. Holmes oversees research scienitsts conducting research in all facets of the water cycle.  

Biography

Education

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois

M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla

 

Experience

2019-Current --- Acting Chief, Water Cycle Branch, U.S. Geological Survey

2017-Current ---Chief, Branch of Hydrodynamics, U. S. Geological Survey

2008- 2019 --- National Flood Hazard Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

1999-2008--Director, USGS Illinois Water Science Center

1997-1999-Chief of Network Operations, USGS Illinois Water Science Center

1996-1997--Surface Water Specialist, USGS Illinois

1994-1996--Hydrologist, USGS Illinois

1987-1994--Hydrologist--USGS Missouri

Dr. Robert Holmes serves as the Chief of the Hydrodynamics Branch  for the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Additionally he holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).  As the Chief of the Branch of Hydrodynamics, he oversees USGS research and scientific investigations in the areas of open-channel hydraulics, erosion, sedimentation, and geomorphology.    Prior to taking his current position, he served as the National Flood Coordinator from 2008 to 2019 and as the Director of the USGS Illinois Water Science Center in Urbana, Illinois from 1999 to 2008.  Other USGS positions include: Water Science Center Section Chief, Surface Water Specialist, Sediment Specialist, and Project Hydrologist.

Dr. Holmes has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the Missouri S&T and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Holmes is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Past President of the Mid-Missouri Section of ASCE, a member of the computational hydraulics committee of ASCE, and Chair of the St. Louis Section of ASCE EWRI.  He is also a member in the American Geophysical Union and the International Hydrological Science Association.  Dr. Holmes has received numerous awards from Missouri S&T, including induction into its Academy of Civil Engineers, the Alumni Achievement Award and several Outstanding Teaching Awards.  He has also received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award, USGS Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Shoemaker Communications Award.   In 2015, he received the ASCE Government Civil Engineer of the Year Aware.  Dr. Holmes has research interests and authored numerous papers in the areas of flood hydrology, surface-water hydrologic processes, river mechanics, open-channel hydraulics, and sediment transport.