Integrated Hydrology
+ Data Science

Science • Technology • Modernization

The Integrated Hydrology + Data Science Branch intersects science and technology using interdisciplinary expertise to deliver critical information to the public and stakeholders.

Our Team

Geographers, IT specialists, and hydrologists from the Texas Water Science Center Integrated Hydrology + Data Science (IHDS) Branch lead a diverse range of local, regional, and national projects.

Kristine Blickenstaff

IHDS Branch Chief

Geospatial Science Section

Toby Welborn

Geospatial Science Section Chief

Toby has been with the USGS since 1999, working for the Texas Water Science Center and Nevada Water Science Center. He serves as the West Coast Team Lead out of the Oregon Water Science Center in Portland, OR.

Expertise:

Project Development and Management

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Jonathan Thomas

Hydrology & Hydraulics Section Chief


Cyber Innovation Section

Chad Fanguy

IT Specialist

Chad has been with the USGS since 2013 and with the Texas Water Science Center since 2018. He develops web-based applications and supports IHDS operations as IT infrastructure coordinator and Cloud lead.

Expertise:

.NET Web Application Development

Web Design and Development

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Cathina Gunn-Rosas

Hydrologist

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Glenn Harwell

Hydrologist


Geospatial Science Section

Justin Hoegenauer

IT Specialist

Justin joined the USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2016. Currently he develops and designs USGS/DOI internal and public facing web applications, and also handles some of the IT requirements for IHDS.

Expertise:

Web Design and Development

IT Support

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Kurt Kraske

Hydrologist

Geospatial Science Section

Alexis (Lexi) Lamberts

Geographer (student)

Alexis joined the USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2019. She provides geospatial analysis and data management for the IHDS branch. Her background includes GIS, environmental hazards and physical geography with interests in biogeography and biogeomorphology.

Expertise:

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Physical Geography


Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Jeremy McDowell

Hydrologist

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Molly Milmo

Hydrologist

Cyber Innovation Section

Ramona Neafie

IT Specialist

Ramona has been with the USGS since 1996, and with the Texas Water Science Center since 2014. She serves as the design, usability, and web analytics lead for the Texas Water Science Center internal and public facing web site and social media presence.

Expertise:

Web Analytics

Web Design and Usability


Geospatial Science Section

Diana Pedraza

Geographer

Diana Pedraza has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 2000. She currently provides geospatial analysis, cartographic design, and data management support for the Texas Water Science Center.

Expertise:

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Cartographic Design

Geospatial Science Section

Veronica Romero

Geographer (student)

Veronica joined USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2019. She specializes in analyzing how communities and regions are impacted by population growth, environmental challenges and sociopolitical and economic forces.

Expertise:

Globalization and Development

Growth Management

Data Science Applications Section

Patrick Searcey

Student Trainee


Geospatial Science Section

Erik Smith

Hydrologist

Expertise:

Coupled hydrodynamic/water quality modeling

Machine learning

Geospatial and data analysis

Geospatial Science Section

Victoria Stengel

Geographer

Victoria has been with the USGS since 2012. Victoria helps provide geospatial analysis, hydrology modeling, cartographic design, web mapping, data and project management, event planning, and communications support for the Texas Water Science Center.

Expertise:

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Remote Sensing

Cyber Innovation Section

Deanna Terry

Cyber Innovation Section Chief (Acting)

Deanna has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 1999. She is a development and project lead for USGS/DOI internal and public facing web applications.

Expertise:

.NET Web Application Development

SQL Database Design


Geospatial Science Section

Florence Thompson

Geographer

Florence has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 2006. She is a project manager for geospatial products and web mapping applications.

Expertise:

Cartographic Editor and WMS Development

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Geospatial Science Section

Jennifer Villa

Geographer (student)

Jennifer joined the USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2018. She assists IHDS with geospatial data analysis and visualization. She has a broad background and expertise in physical geography including geomorphology, remote sensing, LiDAR, and Structure from Motion.

Expertise:

Physical Geography and Geomorphology

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Cyber Innovation Section

Joseph Vrabel

Hydrologist

Joe has been with the USGS since 1996 first in Reston, VA, then with the Maryland Water Science Center (2000-2005), then the Texas Water Science Center (2005-present). He develops web-based mapping and data applications.

Expertise:

Client-Side JavaScript Development

Server-Side Databases and Data Services


Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

David Wallace

Hydrologist

Cyber Innovation Section

Shannon Watermolen

IT Specialist

Shannon has been with the USGS since 1992 and works with many water science centers as well as the Ecosystems Mission Area. She currently works on a wide range of information products that distribute USGS information and data to stakeholders, cooperators, and public audiences.

Expertise:

Front-End Web Design and Development

Science Communication

Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Kara Watson

Hydrologist


Hydrology and Hydraulics Section

Monica Yesildirek

Hydrologist

Tom Burley

Informatics Specialist (Collaborator)

Tom has been with the Texas Water Science Center since 2009. He currently serves as the Informatics Specialist in Texas, helping to promote national consistency and scientific integrity through technology transfer, technical support, and mentoring.

Expertise:

Data Management and Database Design

IT Management and Informatics Support

Explore Our Work

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Groundwater Applications

Surface-Water Applications

Water-Quality Applications

Database Applications

Software APIs

Databases & Data Visualization

Social Media Integration

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