Scott Prinos is a supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center in Davie, Florida and head of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Modeling unit. He has been the lead investigator or co-investigator on many interdisciplinary projects.
M.S., Northern Illinois University, Geology, 1995
Scott Prinos began his career as a hydrologic Technician with the USGS in the early 1990s in the Dekalb Sub-District Office, in Illinois where he collected hydrologic data and assisted in hydrogeologic examinations of EPA Super Fund sites. In the mid-1990s Prinos transferred from Illinois to Florida, were he served as the Groundwater Data Collection Program Coordinator in south Florida for 12 years and also as a supervisory hydrologist for 9 years. During this period Prinos worked closely with the partners of the USGS and the Data Section Chief to evaluate the groundwater level and salinity monitoring networks of the USGS in south Florida and to implement the monitoring changes necessary. He conducted numerous informal network evaluation assessments, so that USGS partners could better understand the effects of proposed network changes and how those changes might impact resource-management decision making. He was lead investigator in the project Design of a Real-Time Groundwater Level Monitoring Network and Portrayal of Hydrologic Data in Southern Florida. This was a precursor to, and inspiration for, the USGS Groundwater Watch webpage.
Prinos transferred to the Hydrologic Investigations Unit in 2009. He developed the concept of correcting individual electromagnetic induction logs into time-series electromagnetic induction log (TSEMIL) data sets which improved the ability to identify changes in bulk resistivity through time. He has collaborated with other USGS hydrologists on projects in southern Florida that have included geospatial salinity network evaluations, mapping the inland extent of saltwater intrusion, creation of potentiometric maps, collection, analysis, and publication of geophysical surveys, design of improved monitoring well designs to maximize the geophysical and geochemical information that can be gathered, and hydrostratigraphic analyses. Prinos oversaw continued advancements to the 2000 prototype website to include various types of groundwater and surface water data which most recently led to collaboration on the Water Level and Salinity Analysis Mapper.
Prinos became a Supervisory Hydrologist in the Hydrologic Investigations Unit in 2020.