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Timothy D Straub

Tim Straub is a Supervisory Hydrologist with the USGS, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Nutrient and Sediment Interactions Section located in Urbana, Illinois. Tim is also the Program Manager of the Illinois River Basin Next Generation Water Observing Systems Program and Chief of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project.

Professional Experience

  • 2021-Present: Program Manager - Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS): Illinois River
     - Manage project plans and budgets for next generation monitoring in the Illinois River Basin
     - Ensure implementation of state-of-the-art instrumentation and increased data coverage
    - Establish effective working relationships with other Integrated Water Science programs

  • 2019-Present: Supervisory Hydrologist - CMWSC, Nutrient and Sediment Interactions Section
     - Lead the Nutrient and Sediment Interactions Section with staff in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri
     - Work with others on the Center Leadership Team to ensure efficient and strategic operations
    - Oversee and help with program development and science products

  • 2017-Present: Chief, Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project (FISP)
    - Conduct and oversee research on sediment samplers and sediment surrogate technologies
     - Manage FISP budget, funding contributions, and procurement actions
     - Write FISP technical memorandum and reports for products of FISP-funded research projects
     -  Assist in providing USGS training cours

  • 2014-2018: Surface-Water and Sediment Specialist for the Water Science Center
    - Provide leadership and expertise to ensure reliable surface-water and sediment data collection, analysis, and modeling throughout the center.

  • 2008-2014: Sediment Specialist for the Water Science Center

  • 1995-2019: Hydrologist
    - Serve as a project manager or member to obtain, process, analyze, and model the following data types and processes: hydrologic, hydraulic, sediment, water quality, and geomorphic.
     - Maintain effective communication with cooperating and collaborating agencies to ensure project results are useful and timely.
    - Write and present findings of data and tech

  • 1994–1995: Student Trainee

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2007

  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 2000

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois

  • 2022-Present: Member of the multiagency Sediment Acoustic Leadership Team

  • 2017-2019: Chairperson for the multiagency Sediment Acoustic Leadership Team

  • 2014-2015: USGS Co-representative for the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project

  • 2013-2015: Lead scientist of the USGS Midwest Region Sediment and Nutrient Investigations Initiative

  • 2012-2017: Member of the multiagency Sediment Acoustic Leadership Team

  • 2011-2013: Member of the USGS Midwest Region Sediment and Nutrient Investigations Initiative

  • 2008-2014: Sediment Specialist for the Water Science Center

  • 2008-2010: Member of the Subcommittee on Sedimentation workgroup on Dam Removal Analysis

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government