Terri L Arnold

Terri Arnold is the Technical Assistant to the Groundwater Component Leader for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project. Terri coordinates the annual water-quality sampling of roughly 500 groundwater wells throughout the lower 48 United States and helps track the working budget.

Biography

Terri Arnold is the Technical Assistant to the Groundwater Component Leader for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project. Terri coordinates the annual water-quality sampling of roughly 500 groundwater wells throughout the lower 48 United States. She maintains and manages a database of historical and current sampling plans and communicates those plans, including the number and type of water-quality samples to collect, to field personnel. She helps the Component Leader manage the budget and develop annual work plan guidance for groundwater assessment activities by field personnel. Terri compiles and uses large datasets in Oracle and Access databases; applies spatial and statistical analyses to large data sets; and compiles results of analyses to support planning efforts. 

Prior to becoming the technical assistant to the NAWQA Groundwater Component Leader, Terri was the GIS specialist for the NAWQA teams studying water quality of Principal Aquifers in the United States where her duties included spatial and geostatistical analysis of water samples and environmental data; mapping results of sampling and analysis; writing reports and proposals; managing GIS databases; archiving data for the Study; and mentoring other GIS users. Terri began work with the USGS as a student employee drafting maps by hand. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Geography, she worked a year with the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency (DMA). At DMA, Terri compiled topographic data from stereo images and corrected the work of Defense Department contractors. In 1991, Terri rejoined the USGS and has applied her expertise to various projects in biology, hydrologic modeling, and water quality.

In her personal time, Terri is a 'Ham' radio operator (Amateur Extra Class FCC license, kc9rey) and volunteers to administer licensing tests to people trying to obtain a new FCC Amateur Radio Operator license.