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Gary T. Fisher, Hydrologist, USGS Office of Water Information

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Contact Information

U.S. Geological Survey
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Phone: 443-498-5559
Fax: 443-498-5510
Email: gtfisher@usgs.gov

Education

M.S.
Agricultural Engineering, University of Maryland, 1984
B.S.
Agricultural Engineering, University of Maryland, 1976

Professional Positions

-- Hydrologist, Surface-Water Specialist for Maryland-Delaware-D.C., U.S Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD (1997-present)

-- Supervisory Hydrologist, Chief of Automated Information Management Section, U.S. Geological Survey, Towson, MD (1995-1997)

-- Hydrologist, Potomac River Basin National Water Quality Assessment, U.S. Geological Survey, Towson, MD (1992-1995)

-- GIS Applications Consultant, Private practice, Baltimore, MD (1990-1992)

-- Environmental/GIS Specialist, Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc., Towson, MD (1989-1992)

-- Lecturer in water resources, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Planning; Towson University, MD (1987-1989)

-- Hydrologist (1979-1986) and Research Hydrologist (1986-1989), U.S. Geological Survey, Towson, MD

-- Project Engineer, Century Engineering, Inc., Towson, MD (1978-1979)

-- Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Engineering (now Biological Resources Engineering), University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1976-1978)

-- Mechanical Engineering Technician, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service; Beltsville, MD (1974-1976)

Research Interests and Activities

Gary Fisher is a Principal Investigator in Baltimore Long-Term Ecological Research and is project specialist for hydrologic field activities. He works with other team members to develop an understanding of fundamental hydrometeorologic characteristics of the basin. His research interests include improving the general understanding of urban hydrology and water quality, and in particular studying relationships between readily measurable watershed characteristics and hydrologic response, leading to the identification and mapping of hydrologic response units. Development of tools and decision support systems for environmental modeling are desired consequences of the research. Professional interests include developing approaches for dissemination of information for environmental decision making to stakeholders at any level.

Selected Publications

Blomquist, J.D., Fisher, G.T., Denis, J.M., Brakebill, J.W., and Werkheiser, W.H., 1996, Water-quality assessment of the Potomac River Basin: Basin description and analysis of available nutrient data, 1970-90: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 95-4221, 88 p.

Fisher, G.T.,and Ormsby, J.P., 1982, The application of remotely sensed observations to hydrologic models: in Application of results from representative and experimental basins, Paris, France, The UNESCO Press, p. 409-428.

Fisher, G.T., 1984, Procedures for mapping and grouping hydrologic response units using digitized data: Unpublished thesis, Master of Science, Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 146 p.

Fisher, G.T. and Katz, B.G., 1984, Analysis of urban storm-water runoff characteristics of four basins in the Baltimore metropolitan area, Maryland: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4099, 51 p.

Fisher, G.T., and Katz, B.G., 1988, Urban storm-water runoff -- selected background information and techniques for problem assessment, with a Baltimore, Maryland, case study: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2347, 30 p.

Fisher, G.T., 1989, Geographic information system-watershed model interface: American Society of Civil Engineers, Hydraulics Division Specialty Conference, New Orleans, La., 1989, Proceedings, 6 p.

McCuen, R.H., Rawls, W.J., Fisher, G.T., and Powell, R.L., 1977, Flood flow frequency for ungaged watersheds - a literature evaluation: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Northeast Regional Series No. ARS-NE-86, 136 p.

Zappia, Humbert, and Fisher, G.T., 1997, Water-quality assessment of the Potomac River Basin: Analysis of available pesticide data, 1972-90: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 97-4051, 80 p.

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