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Zach Shephard

Student Trainee
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


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.

Research Interest

water quality surface water forest fire studies remote sensing GIS


  • Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) telemetry and associated habitat data collected in a geodatabase from the upper Boise River, southwestern Idaho

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