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Dive into Water Science Careers!

Ever want to spend a day in the boots of a freshwater scientist? Our Water Science Career Videos engage viewers of all ages in real careers in freshwater-focused science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“The best part of my job is constantly learning. And then I’m helping share that knowledge with the rest of the world so we can better manage our rivers and streams,” says Melinda Daniels, Ph.D., a fluvial geomorphologist at Stroud Water Research Center and the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

Meet Dr. Daniels and other faces of water science today!

Aquatic Entomology

Fisheries and Microbiology

Systems Administration

Fluvial Geomorphology


Field Instruction

Information Services

Watershed Management

Administration and Research

Citizen Science Project Manager

Education Director

Entomology Researcher