Ami Riscassi

Senior Research Scientist

I have been the projects coordinator/research scientist for the Shenandoah Watershed Study/Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity Study (SWAS/VTSSS) since 2014. My overarching goal as a scientist is to facilitate informed decisions by resource managers to keep our water resources healthy by answering fundamental questions related to watershed hydrology and contaminant transport.

I received my B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University (1996) and worked in Yosemite National Park for the next year. I returned to school in 1997 for an M.S. in Environmental Engineering. After graduating in 1999, I volunteered for a year in Lake Clark National Park in Alaska with the Student Conservation Association/USGS/NPS, working as a fish and water quality research assistant. I then worked for 6 years (2000-2006) as a physical scientist with the USGS National Research Program, Water Resources Division measuring and modeling the complex hydrologic system within Everglades National Park. I returned to UVA and Shenandoah National Park for my PhD in Environmental Sciences (2006-2011) followed by 3-yrs as a post-doctoral research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2011-2014). In both PhD and post-doc positions, my research focused on determining the controls of mercury mobilization from the watershed to the stream ecosystem.