Teresa Kirschling, Ph.D.

Teresa is the Quality Management System (QMS) Manager for the Energy and Minerals Mission Area. She has developed and implemented a graded aproach QMS throughout the Energy Resources Program laboratories. She has a broad laboratory background and experience applying quality principles to both research and production laboratory work. 



B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA


Teresa is the QMS Manager for the Energy and Minerals Mission Area where she is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of a comprehensive laboratory QMS that covers a wide breadth of laboratories. Teresa joined the USGS in 2014 as the leader of the USGS National Water Quality Lab (NWQL) Nutrients and Non-Metal Inorganics Unit. While supervising operations at the NWQL, she led the implementation of quality processes across the section and was responsible for the team’s production and data quality for approximately 200,000 results a year. Prior to joining the NWQL, Teresa completed a National Research Council postdoctoral appointment at NIST with focus on applied metrology for water and microbial systems.  Her research has been varied and interdisciplinary, based at the intersection of environmental chemistry, microbial ecology and interface science.