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Dianna Hogan

Research Physical Scientist

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Dianna Hogan has been a Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey Eastern Geographic Science Center in Reston, Virginia since 2005.  Her work focuses on (1) urban land use, stormwater management, and effects on stream hydrology and chemistry; and (2) ecosystem services, including the effects of changing land use on service provision, and the use of ecosystem services concepts in natural resource and land use decision making.  Recent projects include an assessment of the ability of urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to mitigate water quality, quantity and flow; an ecosystem services assessment and carbon research in support of land management at the Great Dismal Swamp, Pocosin Lakes, and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges; and the development of an ecological value model to support land use decision-making in south Florida.

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Rhea, L, Jarnagin, T., Hogan, D., Loperfido, J.V., Shuster, W., 2015, Effects of urbanization and storm water control measures on stream flows in the vicinity of Clarksburg Maryland, USA. Hydrological Processes.

Shapiro, C., Arthaud, G., Casey, F., and Hogan, D., 2015, Ecosystem Services Science, Practice, and Policy: Perspectives from ACES, A Community on Ecosystem Services, Ecological Economics. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.04.001

Hogan, Dianna M., Shapiro, Carl D., Karp, David N., and Wachter, Susan M., 2014, Urban ecosystem services and decision making for a green Philadelphia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1155, 21 p.,


Jones, D.K., Baker, M.E., Miller, A.J., Jarnagin, S.T., Hogan, D.M., 2014, Tracking geomorphic signatures of watershed suburbanization with multitemporal LiDAR, Geomorphology 219 (2014) 42–52.  DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.04.038


Loperfido, J.V., Noe, G.B., Jarnagin, S.T., Hogan, D.M., 2014, Effects of distributed and centralized stormwater best management practices and land cover on urban stream hydrology at the catchment scale, Journal of Hydrology DOI:


Hogan, D.M., Jarnagin, S.T., Loperfido,  J.V., and Van Ness, K, 2013. Mitigating the Effects of Landscape Development on Streams in Urbanizing Watersheds, Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-16. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12123


Labiosa, W., Forney, W., Esnard, A-M, Mitsova-Boneva, D., Bernknopf, R., Hearn, P. Hogan, D., Pearlstine, L., Strong, D., Gladwin, H., 2013, An Integrated Multi-Criteria Scenario Evaluation Web Tool for Participatory Land-Use Planning in Urbanized Areas: The Ecosystem Portfolio Model,  Environmental Modelling & Software,


Hogan, D., Labiosa, W., Pearlstine, L., Hallac, D., Strong, D., Hearn, P., Bernknopf, R., 2012, Estimating the Cumulative Ecological Effect of Local Scale Landscape Changes in South Florida, Environmental Management 49(2):502-515. DOI 10.1007/s00267-011-9771-8.


Loperfido, J.V., and Hogan, D.M., 2012, Effects of urban stormwater-management strategies on stream-water quantity and quality: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3079, 2 p., available at


Hogan, D.M., Arthaud, G., Brookshire, D., Gunther, T., Pincetl, S., Shapiro, C., and Van Horne, B., 2011, Developing an Institutional Framework to Incorporate Ecosystem Services into Decision Making —Proceedings of a Workshop: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1221, 9 p., available at


Pearlstine, L., Hogan, D., and Labiosa, W, 2011, A Circuitscape Dispersal Model and Index for Connectivity in South Florida Landscapes.  Proceedings for the Third USGS Modeling Conference, Understanding and Predicting for a Changing World, Brady, S.R. (editor), Broomfield, CO, June 7-11, 2010.  U. S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5147, 85 p., available at


Hogan, D.M., 2010, How Does Geography Help Us Understand Ecosystem Services?, Natural Inquirer, Ecosystem Services Edition, 12(1), available at


Hogan, D.M., Arthaud, G., Pattison, M., Sayre, R., and Shapiro, C., 2010, Developing an Analytical Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making—Proceedings of a workshop: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1259, 6 p., available at


Guntenspergen, G.R., Baldwin, A.H., Hogan, D.M., Neckles, H.A. and Nielsen, M.G., 2009, Valuing urban wetlands: modification, preservation and restoration, Chapter 29 (pages 503 – 520) in Ecology of Cities and Towns.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.


Hogan, D.M. and Walbridge, M.R., 2009, Recent Land Cover History and Nutrient Retention in Riparian Wetlands, Environmental Management 44:62–72. 


Hogan, D.M., Arthaud, G., Goodman, I., Pattison, M., Sayre, R., Shapiro, C., and Van Horne, B., 2009, Developing a Vision: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making—Proceedings of a Workshop: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1062, 8 p., available at


Labiosa, W., Bernknopf, R., Hearn, P., Hogan, D., Strong, D., Pearlstine, L., Mathie, A., Wein, A., Gillen, K., and Wachter, S., 2009, The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model – A Map-Based Multicriteria Ecological, Economic, and Community Land Use Planning Tool.  U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5181, Reston, VA., available at


Hogan, D.M., 2008, Management of urban stormwater runoff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008–3101, 4 p., available at


Slonecker, T., Jones, J.W., Price, S.D., and Hogan, D., 2008, Advanced remote sensing research: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008-3052, 4 p., available at


Hogan, D.M. and Walbridge, M.R., 2007, Urbanization and Nutrient Retention in Freshwater Riparian Wetlands, Ecological Applications, 17(4), p. 1142-1155.


Hogan, D.M. and Walbridge, M.R., 2007, Best Management Practices for Nutrient and Sediment Retention in Urban Stormwater Runoff, Journal of Environmental Quality 36:386-395.


Hogan, D.M., Jordan, T. and Walbridge, M.R., 2004, Phosphorus Retention and Soil Organic Carbon in Restored and Natural Freshwater Wetlands, Wetlands, 24(3), p. 573-585.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Environmental Issuesland use change
Environmental Issueswater quality
Hydrologic Processesrunoff
Geographic Analysis and Mappingspatial analysis
Water Resourcesrunoff
Water Resourcessurface water quality

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Urban Stormwater and Ecosystem Services

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Removal and retention of nutrients and sediment from urban stormwater runoff, and the mitigation of stormwater flow amount and velocity, are important for the provision of ecosystem services and the health of receiving aquatic ecosystems including local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.  Suburban resource managers use stormwater management facilities—commonly called Best Management Practices (BMPs)—to slow down and treat stormwater runoff in an effort to prevent streambank erosion and remove some of the excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment before the stormwater can reach local and downstream aquatic ecosystems. 


Traditionally, stormwater BMPs, such as detention ponds and constructed wetlands, have been used in a centralized manner (a small number of BMPs are located in a given area and the surrounding urban areas drain to them). Recently (since about the 1990s), stormwater managers and land-use planners have begun to integrate BMPs into the urban landscape and use them in a distributed way (multiple, different BMPs, often connected in a series and used to detain stormwater; increase infiltration to groundwater; and increase the removal of nutrients, sediment, and other contaminants). 


One goal of this project is to better understand the complex interactions between land use and the spatial pattern, presence, and connectivity of BMPs, and how that mitigates urban stormwater quality and quantity.  Stormwater management practices continue to evolve as more is learned about their effectiveness in controlling runoff and the loads of contaminants (including nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment) runoff transports from the landscape to streams. Current trends indicate that BMP use is tending toward a more distributed approach with an emphasis on stormwater infiltration and individual property-management techniques (for example, rain gardens, rain barrels, individual property dry wells, infiltration systems, and reuse systems).  Understanding the effects of these practices and approach on the production and maintenance of ecosystem services is crucial for supporting informed land use decision making.




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Dianna Hogan
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192
703-648-4603 - Fax
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