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Dr. Leahy was born in Troy, New York, in 1947. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology (1968) and geophysics (1970) from Boston College. He received his doctorate in geology (1979) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he s pecialized in regional ground-water studies and hydraulics. He has been with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1974, having served in various technical and managerial positions, including Chief of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program. He has autho red or co-authored more than 35 publications on a wide array of topics in hydrogeology. He was named Chief Geologist of the Geologic Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1995. He currently has responsibility for federal basic earth-science programs, which include worldwide earthquake-hazards monitoring and research, geologic mapping of land and sea-floor resources, volcano and landslide hazards, and assessments of energy and mineral resources. Dr. Leahy also serves as Chairman of the National Coopera tive Geologic Mapping Federal Advisory Committee.
Dr. Leahy is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Hydrology, Sigma Xi, and the Geological Society of Washington. He is currently President of the U.S. National Chapte r of the International Association of Hydrologists. Dr. Leahy is the recipient of the 1996 Boston College Alumni Association Award of Excellence in Science. He is also the 1996 Alumni Association Science Fellow for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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