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Kristina  Gutchess

Kristina Gutchess

PhD Student Earth Sciences

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Kristina's CV

PhD Student Earth Sciences

Advisor: Zunli Lu

Research Interests

I am a Ph.D. Candidate and an EMPOWER Trainee. I am broadly interested in understanding processes that impact water quality in surface water and groundwater. The primary focus of my PhD research is to 1) identify sources of halogens in natural water systems and 2) to use halogens to illuminate the controls of hydrogeologic flow paths in headwater catchments. My research is a melting pot of different computational approaches, rigorous field work and laboratory analysis. With a highly collaborative component, my investigations encompass the use of chemical tracers and mathematics and modeling in the associated fields of energy and potable water studies.


Primary Instructor:

Natural Hazards and Disasters, State University of New York at Cortland (2016)

Physical Geology Laboratory, State University of New York at Cortland (2016)

Teaching Assistant:

Oceanography, Syracuse University (2014-2015)

Hydrogeology, State University of New York at Cortland (2012 – 2013)

Teaching Assistant Coordinator:

Climate Change, Past and Present, Syracuse University (2014)

Selected Publications

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.

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