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William J Andrews, Ph.D.

Bill Andrews is a Science Coordinator for the USGS Rocky Mountain Region. He has worked for the USGS since 1988. His previous positions in the USGS include Hydrologist, Webmaster, Water-Quality Specialist, Groundwater Specialist, Report Specialist, Section Chief, and Center Director.

Career History and Highlights

Bill Andrews has served in a wide range of technical and supervisory roles at USGS Water Science Centers in Florida, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, including Hydrologist, Groundwater Specialist, Webmaster, Studies Section Chief, Report Specialist, and Center Director. He has assisted in Water Mission Area headquarters projects related to online review of technical reports and completion of annual reports for the Office of Delaware River Master. He served as Assistant Director for the South-Central Climate Science Center.

Bill currently serves as a Science Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Region (Dept. of the Interior Unified Region 7) of the USGS, which involves reviewing and writing technical documents and publications, advising a regional integrated drought science project, reviewing center science programs, and managing the Region's webpages.

Bill has taught graduate-level classes and laboratory sections in biology and ecology at the College of Engineering, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and guest lectured about emerging contaminants at graduate-level classes at the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. He has guest lectured about plant uptake of metals, phytoremediation plant selection, and economic returns of phytoremediation designs at the Graduate School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University.

Bill has lead-authored or coauthored 40 USGS-series publications, 11 journal papers, 17 conference abstracts or proceedings papers, and has given numerous talks about hydrology, emerging contaminants, relations between land uses and water quality, climate change, and induced seismicity at science conferences, for university classes, and to the general public.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Geology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1984, Thesis-Stratigraphy of the Yorktown Formation on the South Bank of the James River, Virginia

  • Master of Science Degree, Geology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1988, Thesis-Nitrate occurrence in ground and surface waters, DeKalb County, Illinois

  • Doctoral Degree, Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2011, Dissertation-Plant uptake, time trends, and natural attenuation of metals in an abandoned mining district.

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of numerous performance awards in the USGS Florida and USGS Minnesota Districts, Oklahoma Water Science Center, and Rocky Mountain Region1988-2021

  • Recipient Central Regional Diversity Group Award, U.S. Geological Survey, 10/2010

  • Recipient of the Fred and Katie Cobb and Robert H. Cobb Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, 9/2007

  • Recipient of University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Senate, Conference and Creative Exhibition Grant, 4/2007

  • Recipient of Air and Waste Management Association, Oklahoma Chapter Scholarship, 4/2007

  • Recipient of University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Senate, Research and Creative Activity Grant, 11/2006

  • Recipient of University of Oklahoma Research Council Grant, 10/2006

  • Recipient of 2005 American Society of Mining and Reclamation Memorial Scholarship for PhD Student

  • Member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2005-2015

  • Member Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society, 2005-2011

  • Awarded Fellowship in U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, January 2004-December 2007

  • USGS “S.T.A.R.” award from headquarters, 10/5/2003

  • Recipient of the Mike Synar Environmental Excellence Award—L.E.A.D. Agency and Cherokee Volunteer Society (2003)

  • Letter of Appreciation from The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (2007)

  • Letter of Appreciation from National Water Quality Monitoring Council (2001)

  • Letter of Appreciation from Texas County (Okla.) Conservation District (2001)

  • Letter of Appreciation from Cimarron County (Okla.) Conservation District (2001)

  • Letter of Appreciation from Hall Environmental Services (2000)

  • Letter of Appreciation from USGS Chief Hydrologist (1994)

  • Letter of appreciation from Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson (1985)

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