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USGS Names Donna Myers to Lead New Focus Area in the Great Lakes
Released: 2/13/2001

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Donna Myers to be its Great Lakes Coordinator. Ms. Myers filled this newly created position beginning in January 2001. The goal of the position is to promote the integration of the biological sciences, geology, mapping, and water programs in the Great Lakes Basin to better serve the needs of natural resource managers. Together, she and members of the USGS’s Great Lakes Technical Team will work within and outside of USGS to develop data and information for the wise use, management, and conservation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Basin.

Currently, Ms. Myers serves as the Ohio Coordinator of biodiversity conservation studies for the National GAP Analysis Program. She has served as the lead scientist for the National Water-Quality Assessment Program in the Lake Erie Basin (1994-2000). In 1998, she received the Dept. of Interior’s Superior Service Award for her work integrating human-health microbiology into water-quality studies. She has authored many reports and presentations on water quality, aquatic biology, and public-health microbiology.

Ms. Myers began her career with the USGS in 1985 as a hydrologist, and was promoted to a supervisory hydrologist in 1993. Prior to working for the USGS, she was employed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency from 1979-84 as a water-quality scientist. She received an M.S. in biological sciences in 1979 from Kent State University with an emphasis in limnology, or lake studies. She received a B.S. in zoology in 1974 from Ohio University. As a charter member, Ms. Myers helped to form the Ohio Lake Management Society (OLMS) in 1985.

"With help from my USGS Great Lakes Science Team, my number one job is to bring together the talents of the USGS from biology, geology, mapping, and water to provide integrated data and information to support the wise use, management, and conservation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Basin," said Ms. Myers of her new responsibilities. "It’s a challenging task, but one I’m very excited to be undertaking."

Ms. Myers is located in the USGS Office in Columbus, Ohio, and can be reached by email: dnmyers@usgs.gov.

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