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Tim Kern


Tim Kern is the Information Science Branch Chief and a Supervisory Computer Engineer at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. After graduate school Kern has worked as a semiconductor process engineer, section head in charge of high energy plasma processes, and as a computer engineer on Department of the Interior projects. Kern became branch chief in 2013. The Information Science Branch currently provides data capture, analysis, management, and distribution support to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission areas, Department of the Interior bureaus, and other Federal agencies. This support allows science center partners to implement an integrated information environment that supports both scientific research and natural resource decision making.