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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University 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 Ph.D. research has been to characterize sources of contamination in surface water and groundwater and elucidate controls on the fate and transport of various solutes (primarily halogens) in headwater catchments. My research has a strong computational component coupled with field and laboratory work. My interests encompass the use of chemical tracers, mathematics, and modeling, in the associated fields of energy and potable water studies. I am particularly interested in the intersection of humans and the hydrosphere. Please refer to my current research projects page for more information regarding these topics. 

Research Interests:

Geochemical tracers
Detection of contamination in natural water systems
Science communication and education
Hydrologic processes in headwater catchments
Hydrologic response to human impact and/or climate disruption


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Kristina Gutchess
Department of Earth Sciences
Syracuse University
204 Heroy Geology Building
Syracuse, NY, 13244
Email: kmgutche@syr.edu