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Shawn C. Fisher


Shawn began working at the USGS New York Water Science Center as a student in May, 2002 collecting and interpreting groundwater and surface water-quality data. Studies include contaminants of emerging concern in public supply wells, groundwater contamination in nearshore waters, assessing sediment and water for insecticide contamination in untargeted wetlands, and evaluating real-time water quality data. He has worked in a variety of land use settings, from urban to agricultural, and helped organize and develop environmental health studies following Hurricane Sandy. Shawn was the network coordinator for the Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response (SCoRR) study and leads the Northeast Region Urban Landscapes Capability Team (ULCT). Current research includes qualification and quantification of microplastics in the Northeast region and interest in per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater and surface waters. 

PhD in Chemistry--Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, N.Y.) from 2004-2012
BS in Natural Science and Math--Dowling College (Oakdale, N.Y.) from 2000-2004