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February 22, 2016
Ryan  McClymont 503-251-3237

USGS Nevada Water Science Center Welcomes New Director

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David Berger
David Berger is the new Director of the USGS Nevada Water Science Center, headquartered in Carson City.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — David Berger begins work today as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey's Nevada Water Science Center, headquartered in Carson City.

"Dave has a long history with the Center, a strong science background and knows the State's issues, partners and opportunities," said Mark Sogge, Regional Director of the USGS Pacific Region. "These combine to provide a great foundation for serving in his new role."

Berger previously served as Associate Director of the Nevada Water Science Center. He takes over from Mark Anderson who has been the acting Center Director for the last four months. 

He joined the USGS in 1980 as a hydrologic field assistant with the Nevada District and earned his Bachelor's degree in geophysics from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1998, he attained a Master's degree in hydrology/hydrogeology from the University of Nevada.

Some 23 years and more than 40 publications later, Dave embarked on his USGS management career, first as the Northern Nevada Studies Chief in 2003, then, in 2014, as the Associate Director and Chief of the Hydrologic Investigation and Hydrologic Research Sections for the Nevada Water Science Center.

Over the past ten years, Berger has annually traveled to several West African countries to enhance the ability of non-profit international development hydrologists in developing water supplies using electrical and electromagnetic geophysical techniques. He is married with two grown children, an avid backcountry telemark skier and mountaineer, and a fourth generation Nevadan.

The mission of the USGS Nevada Water Science Center is to provide sound, technical, and unbiased research and monitoring of water resources in the State of Nevada. In addition to the Carson City headquarters, the center has field offices in Henderson and Mercury. Additional information can be found on the Nevada Water Science Center website.

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