Victor S Cortes, II

Education: B.A. Biological Sciences, Drew University 2018

Biography

I have been a Hydrologic Technician at the Pennsylvania Water Science Center with the Hydrologic Surveillance Program since November 2018. I am involved in the collection and subsequent records processing of continuous surface water, groundwater, and water quality data across the state of Pennsylvania. I routinely make discharge measurements with ADVs and ADCPs, execute differential level surveying to establish and maintain datum at gaging stations, deploy scientific equipment to monitor physical hydrology and water quality parameters, and continuously process data records. On occasion, I also assist the Hydrologic Studies Program with sampling for the Pennsylvania Water Quality Network. 

Previously, I was employed by the United States Forest Service as a biological science technician for the Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program in Corvallis, Oregon. Routine fieldwork included biological and hydrologic data collection in isolated and forested watersheds in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. During this time, I participated in projects that spanned a large geographic area and included public lands such as Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, Willamette National Forest, and Mt. Hood National Forest, among others. Data collected included channel morphology, stream gradient, benthic substrate, water chemistry, environmental DNA, and macroinvertebrates.