Geospatial Science + Cyber Innovation

Science • Technology • Modernization

The Geospatial Science + Cyber Innovation 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 Geospatial Science + Cyber Innovation (GSCI) Branch lead a diverse range of local, regional, and national projects.

Daniel K. Pearson

GSCI Branch Chief (Acting)

Daniel has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 2002. He currently serves as the GSCI Branch Chief (acting) in Austin, TX.

He provides technical expertise to Texas Water Science Center cooperators and staff, and oversees a team of geographers, IT specialists, and hydrologists whose function is to produce innovative geospatial solutions in the water science arena.

Toby Welborn

Geospatial Science Section Chief (Acting)

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

Sachin Shah

Hydrologist/International Program

Sachin was with the Georgia and Texas Water Science Centers from 1999-2009. After spending 6 years with the World Bank Water Program in South Asia, he returned to the USGS in 2016 and now serves as the International Team Lead out of Seattle, WA.

Expertise:

Program Development and Management

International Studies


Deanna Terry

IT Specialist

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

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

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

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

Justin Robertson

IT Specialist

Justin Robertson has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 2011. He is the development lead for the USGS Twitter Feeds and Current Water Information System.

Expertise:

.NET Web Application Development

Twitter and Data Application Integration

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

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 GSCI operations as IT infrastructure coordinator and Cloud lead.

Expertise:

.NET Web Application Development

Web Design and Development

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

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

Jennifer Villa

Geographer (student)

Jennifer joined the USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2018. She assists GSCI with geospatial data analysis and visualization. She has a broad background and expertise in physical geography including geomorphology, remote sensing, and LiDAR-structure from motion. She has also co-authored two journal articles in Geomorphology and Progress in Physical Geography.

Expertise:

Physical Geography and Geomorphology

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Emily Pease

Hydrologist (student)

Emily joined the USGS Texas Water Science Center in 2016. She assists GSCI with geospatial analysis, data analysis, and website design, usability, and analytics on the Texas Water Science Center internal and public website in addition to the social media presence.

Expertise:

Geospatial and Data Analysis

Graphic Design

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 GSCI.

Expertise:

Web Design and Development

IT Support


Collaborators

Tom Burley

Physical Scientist
(Informatics Specialist)

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. Tom also leads the Texas IT Section and is a Data Management lead for the Regional Stream-Quality Assessment component of the USGS National Water Quality Program.

Expertise:

Data Management and Database Design

IT Management and Informatics Support

Brian Reece

Hydrologist
(Information Management)

Brian has been with the USGS since 1991 working with the Nevada Water Science Center (1991-99), Texas Water Science Center (1999-2015) and Water Mission Area (2015-present). He currently builds tools focused on improving application integration (and people integration) across diverse boundaries involving scientists, management, administration, and financial areas.

Expertise:

Project Management and Integration

Data Management and Database Design

Explore Our Work

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Groundwater Applications

Surface-Water Applications

Water-Quality Applications

Database Applications

Software APIs

Basemap Services

Social Media Integration

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