USBN Welcomes Lee Anne Bledsoe

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Lee Anne Bledsoe serves as Secretary of the USBN Steering Committee.
Lee Anne Bledsoe, Secretary of the USBN Steering Committee, is a Research Hydrologist, self-described "Karst Fanatic," and the Assistant Director of the Crawford Hydrology Laboratory at Western Kentucky University, where she specializes in karst hydrology and applied research to find environmental solutions. Before joining the Crawford team, she worked for private research institutes and te National Park Service on water quality, hydrology, ecosystem restoration, and public health research projects.

Lee Anne recieved her B.A. in Environmental Science from Tusculum College and completed a Master of Science in Geoscience at Western Kentucky University in 2015. Her thesis work was a collaborative effort with the US Army Corps of Engineers to investigate groundwater flow in the vicinity of Patoka Dam in Indiana to inform dam safety risk assessment.

Lee Anne serves on the Mammoth Cave Biosphere Region Advisory Council, is a coordinator for CaveMAB, a global network of cave and karst biosphere reserves, and was recently appointed to the Karst Commissions of both the International Association of Hydrogeologists and International Geographical Union.

Last updated: August 31, 2021