William Guertal


Career History and Highlights

Dr. Guertal has been with the USGS since 1994, and has held several positions in the field and at headquarters.  He began his career as a hydrologist on the Yucca Mountain Project working on unsaturated zone issues.  In 2000, he became the project chief for USGS's ground-water contaminant studies at Dover Air Force Base and the Dover National Test Site, in Delaware.  From 2002 to 2006 he served as the Delaware Subdistrict Chief in the MD-DE-DC District, and later became the Associate Director for Hydrologic Networks and Information in the MD-DE-DC Water Science Center.  In 2006, he assumed the position of Director of the Indiana Water Science Center and in 2007 began serving as Director of the IN&KY Water Science Centers.  Bill began his tenure as Deputy Associate Director for Water 2015 and is responsible for managing the USGS Water Mission Area, the world's largest provider of water information and science.    


Dr. Guertal holds a Ph.D in soil science/hydrology from North Carolina State University, a MS in soil science and a BS in geology from The Ohio State University.  He is also a graduate of the DOI SES Candidate Development Program.