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Tara L Root, PhD

I have worked on a wide range of projects addressing problems related to surface water-groundwater interaction, nutrient transport, saltwater intrusion, and naturally occurring arsenic contamination.  Prior to joining the USGS, I had 15 years of experience in academia, where I taught hydrogeology and water resources courses, supervised student research, and managed a water analysis lab. 

Professional Experience

  • U.S.G.S., Hydrologist, 2020 – present, Davie, Florida

  • Florida Atlantic University, Department of Geosciences, Associate Professor and Director of the Water Analysis Lab Core Facility, 2013 – 2020, Boca Raton, Florida

  • Florida Atlantic University, Department of Geosciences, Assistant Professor, 2005 - 2013, Boca Raton, Florida

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geology, minor in Environmental Chemistry and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

  • M.S., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000

  • B.S., Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1998

Science and Products

**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.