Zach Shephard


Zach is a student trainee in hydrology at the New Mexico Water Science Center.  He received his B.S. in Geosciences from Boise State University in December of 2015.  He is currently working towards a M.S. in Hydrology at New Mexico Tech, where his thesis research is focused on assessing water quality and watershed runoff response to prescribed forest burns.  Zach joined the USGS as a biological aid in January 2016 at the Idaho Water Science Center and made the move to the New Mexico Water Science Center as a student trainee after relocating to New Mexico to attend grad school in the fall of 2016.  His current research / duties at the USGS involve geodatabase creation, spatial analysis and mapping, metadata, interactive map making, and assessing infiltration / runoff generation.


  • B.S. Geosciences (emphasis in hydrology), Department of Geosciences, Boise State University, 2015

Professional Experience:

  • 2015 summer/fall, Laboratory Technician, Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, Boise, Idaho
  • 2016 winter-summer, Biological Aid (Student Contractor), U.S. Geological Survey, Idaho Water Science Center, Boise, Idaho
  • 2016 to present, Student Trainee (Hydrology), U.S. Geological Survey, New Mexico Water Science Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • 2016 to present, M.S. Student Hydrology, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico