- Water Sample Collection
- Watershed Health
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Grant Writing
Melissa O’Neal’s interest in science began at an early age, exploring the woods and creeks around her home in South-Central Pennsylvania. “I’ve always been interested in the natural processes that surround us, so pursuing a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources was a natural fit.” She earned her BS in Wildlife and Fisheries from WVU in 2011.
O’Neal joined the NRCCE in 2008 after working with the Office of Surface Mining’s VISTA program on the Youghiogheny River. The experience she gained in water sample collection, understanding the health of watersheds, and the need for water quality monitoring helped her land the position of Environmental Technician with the WVWRI. “Through this position, I have had the privilege to work on a variety of different projects and further my career. From collecting GPS coordinates in Dolly Sods, to collecting water quality samples in the southern WV coalfields, to establishing and managing a multi-state water monitoring project (Three Rivers QUEST), being involved with WVWRI has been a great experience.”
In her spare time, O’Neal enjoys hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and geocaching. Her favorite activity, however, is spending time with her family and dogs.