PhD Student Earth Sciences
312 Heroy GL
PhD Student Earth Sciences
Advisor: Zunli Lu
My research interests center around developing an understanding of the processes which influence water quality including those pertaining to the impacts of energy production on water quality. My broad research interests encompass the use of chemical tracers, mathematics, and modeling, and span the fields of energy production and potable water studies. The focus of my PhD research will be to characterize contamination in surface water and groundwater, and understand interactions that exist between the two. I use computational approaches to further explore data collected in field and laboratory settings. I will identify the sources of salinity in the Tioughnioga River watershed in central New York using halogens and linear discriminant analysis as an independent approach, explore relationships between halogens and CH4 in New York State groundwater, and use the ratios of halogens to characterize formation fluids sampled from oil wells in the Junggar Basin, northwestern China. I would like to use my research to ultimately understand how water quality can be altered by natural processes and anthropogenic practices.
Above: (a) DEM site map of Tioughnioga river watershed showing location of sampling locations. Down channel distance is labeled. (b) Land use classification of the Tioughnioga river watershed base on classification scheme suggested by Anderson et al 1976. Mean concentrations of Cl- in ppm is denoted by colored circles at each site. Location of interstate highway I-81 is depicted by a black line.
Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Lautz, Laura, Shaw, Stephen, Zhou, Xiaoli, Lu, Zunli. 2015. Determining the sources of salinity to the Tioughnioga River, central New York, with halogen ratios and linear discriminant analysis (in preparation).
Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Lautz, Laura, Zhou, Xiaoli, Lu, Zunli. 2015. Using halogens and discriminant analysis to distinguish among sources of salinity in the Tioughnioga River, Central New York. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.
Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Zhou, Xiaoli, Lu, Zunli. 2015. Identifying sources of salinity in the Tioughnioga River using halogens as a sensitive tracer. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Northeastern Section- 50th Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Jin, Li, Gutchess, Kristina, Whitehead, Paul, Findlay, Stuart. Siegel, Don. 2013. How much more can we take? – Road salt as an emerging contaminant in streams. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section - 48th Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Gutchess, Kristina, Fisher, Eric, Hall, Jared, Jin, Li. 2014. Integrating research into teaching: an 11 week chemical analysis of east and west branches of the Tioughnioga River, New York. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section - 49th Annual Meeting, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Gutchess, Kristina, Nowalk, Collin, Jin, Li, Whitlock, Amy, June, Jamie, Barclay, David. 2013. Understanding spatial and temporal patterns of water chemistry in Otter Creek, New York. Geological Society of America Northeastern Section - 48th Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
TA, EAR 117, Oceanography - Syracuse University, Spring 2015 (4 sections)
TA Coordinator EAR 111, Climate Change- Syracuse University, Fall 2014 (3 sections)
TA, EAR 117, Oceanography - Syracuse University, Spring 2014 (4 sections)
TA, GLY 410, Hydrogeology - State University of New York at Cortland, Fall 2013 & Fall 2012 (1 section)
Above: Teaching students in SUNY Cortland’s Hydrogeology course how to properly conduct streamflow measurements, Fall 2013