Faith A. Fitzpatrick

Faith A. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Faith Fitzpatrick is a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, based out of the Wisconsin Water Science Center in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA. She has been working on field-based fluvial geomorphology studies for over 30 years and has spent much of her career studying river behavior in the Great Lakes region. Her interests involve human and climate change impacts on river evolution and sediment regimes, alluvial chronologies, linking sources and sinks of stream sediment and nutrients, stream restoration and habitat, and tracking sediment-related contaminants. More recently she’s been working on fluvial dynamics in Great Lakes rivermouths. Stream issues that she’s been involved with range from urbanization, agricultural runoff, and deforestation. She teaches fluvial geomorphology and sedimentary records courses and field training at government training courses as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of her growing areas of interest is the role of fluvial processes in the behavior and fate of submerged oil and oiled sediment in riverine freshwater environments. From 2011-14 she served as Scientific Support Coordinator for the U.S. EPA’s emergency response to the 2010 pipeline release of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River, Michigan, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Geological Survey, USA