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Kristina  Gutchess

Kristina Gutchess

PhD Student Earth Sciences

312 Heroy GL

Kristina's CV


PhD Student Earth Sciences

Advisor: Zunli Lu

Research Interests

My research experiences thus far focus on fundamental questions regarding solute transport and the movement of water in headwater catchments. I am particularly interested in understanding how both natural and anthropogenic processes can impact water quality in paired surface water – groundwater systems. To do so, I utilize geochemical tracers combined with stochastic modeling approaches to elucidate solute transport pathways and surface water – groundwater interactions. My research is highly interdisciplinary and has a strong computational component to complement direct field observations.



Natural Hazards and Disasters (SCI 180), State University of New York College at Cortland

Physical Geology (GLY 261), State University of New York College at Cortland

Teaching Assistant:

Oceanography (EAR 117), Syracuse University

Climate Change (EAR 111), Syracuse University

Hydrogeology (GLY 400), State University of New York College at Cortland


Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Ledesma, José L. J., Crossman, Jill, Kelleher, Christa, Ledford, Sarah, Lautz, Laura, Lu, Zunli. 2018. Modeling future nitrogen dynamics in Chesapeake Bay Headwaters: INCA insights. In prep, Target Journal: Water Resources Research.

Gutchess, Kristina, Moran, Jean, Zeng, Teng, Lu, Wanyi, Jin, Li, Levy, Zeno, Lautz, Laura, Lu, Zunli. 2018. Shale weathering controls on in-stream iodine dynamics in headwater catchments. In prep, Target Journal: Environmental Science & Technology.

Lautz, Laura, McCay, Deanna, Driscoll, Charles, Glas, Robin, Gutchess, Kristina, Johnson, Alexander, Millard, Geoffrey. 2018. Designing student-centered STEM graduate programs for a multitude of career pathways. EoS, in review.

Lu, Wanyi, Ridgwell, Andy, Thomas, Ellen, Hardisty, Dalton S., Luo, Genming, Algeo, Thomas J., Saltzman, Matthew R., Gill, Benjamin C., Shen, Yanan, Ling, Hong-Fei, Edwards, Cole T., Whalen, Michael T., Zhou, Xiaoli, Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Rickaby, Rosalind E. M., Jenkyns, Hugh C., Lyons, Timothy W., Lenton, Timothy M., Kump, Lee, Lu, Zunli. 2018. Late inception of a resiliently oxygenated upper ocean. Science, in review.

Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Ledesma, José L. J., Crossman, Jill, Kelleher, Christa, Lautz, Laura, Lu, Zunli. 2017. Long-term climatic and anthropogenic impact on stream water salinity in New York State: INCA simulations offer cautious optimism. Environmental Science and Technology, accepted.

Lu, Zunli, Hoogakker, Babette A.A., Hillenbrand, Claus-Dieter, Zhou, Xiaoli, Thomas, Ellen, Gutchess, Kristina, Lu, Wanyi, Jones, Luke, and Rickaby, Rosalind E. M. 2016. Oxygen depletion recorded in upper waters of the glacial Southern Ocean. Nature Communications, 7.

Gutchess, Kristina, Jin, Li, Lautz, Laura, Shaw, Stephen B., Zhou, Xiaoli, Lu, Zunli. 2016. Chloride sources in urban and rural headwater catchments, central New York. Science of the Total Environment, 565, 462-472.