Faith A. Fitzpatrick US Geological Survey


Dr. Faith Fitzpatrick is a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center in Madison, WI with 30 years of experience in fluvial geomorphology studies.

She has spent much of her career studying the geomorphology of rivers in the Great Lakes region. Her area of expertise is in historical geomorphology, specifically identifying natural and human causes for erosion and sedimentation problems and sources for legacy contaminants. One of her growing areas of interest is role of fluvial processes in the fate and transport of submerged oil and oiled sediment. The 2010 Enbridge Line 6B pipeline release was the first oil spill that Faith worked on.

Since 2011 she’s served as Scientific Support Coordinator for the U.S. EPA’s emergency response to the diluted bitumen oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, Michigan. Faith is currently leading hydrodynamic modeling simulations for submerged oil and oil-particle interactions related to the Kalamazoo River oil spill.

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