Alumni Groundwater and Water Resources (GWR) research group, Dept of Earth & Climate Sciences

Alumni of the Groundwater and Water Resources Group:

Our alumni have gone to do great things! Here is a partial list of their employment and PhD programs:

Consulting:

- Jacobson James & Associates

- EKI Environment & Water, Inc.

- Parsons Corp.

- Dudek

- Geo-Engineering Solutions

- Tectonic Engineering

- Roux Associates

- Animas Environmental Services

Government:

- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

- NASA Ames Research Center, Earth Science Division

- Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)

- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

- East Bay Municipal Utility District

PhD Programs:

- U.C. Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering

- U.C. Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies

- University of Colorado Boulder, Geological Sciences

- University of Montana, Geosciences

 

 

Graduate Student Alumni

 

Claudia Corona

B.A. in Geosciences, 2013, Williams College

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2014-2016.

Research Interests:

Climate variability and vadose zone controls on damping of transient recharge.

Awards:

2014-2015 and 2015-2016 ARCS Scholarship recipient

 

Photo: Field work in the Colorado Rockies.

Claudia's Publications:

(1) Gurdak, J.J., Geyer, G.E., Nanus, L., Taniguchi, M., and Corona, C.R., 2016, Scale dependence of controls on groundwater vulnerability in the water-energy-food nexus, California Coastal Basin aquifer system, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, special issue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus of the Asia-Pacific Region. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2016.01.002

(2) Velasco, E.M., Gurdak, J.J., Dickinson, J.E., Ferre, T.P.A., and Corona, C.R., 2015, Interannual to multidecadal climate forcings on groundwater resources of the West Coast of the U.S., Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, special issue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus of the Asia-Pacific Region.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.11.018

(3) Corona, C.R., Gurdak, J.J., Dickinson, J.E., Ferre, T.P.A., and Maurer, E., 2017 Accepted - In Press, Climate variability and vadose zone controls on damping of transient recharge, Journal of Hydrology.

 

 

 

 

Mehrdad Hejazian

B.S. in Environmental Science, 2007, U.C. Riverside

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2014-2016.

Research Interests:

groundwater geochemistry, groundwater management strategies, seawater intrusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Mehrdad sampling groundwater on Roi-Namur Island, Marshall Islands

Mehrdad's Publications:

(1) Hejazian, M., Gurdak, J.J., Swarzenski, P., Odigie, K., and Storlazzi, C., 2017, Effects of land-use change and managed aquifer recharge on hydrogeochemistry of two contracting atoll island aquifers, Roi-Namur, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Applied Geochemistry, 80, 58-71, link to paper here, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.03.006

 

(2) Gurdak, J.J., Allen, D.M., Holding, S., Carvalho Resende, T., Leblanc, M., Aureli, A., Hejazian, M, Swarzenski, P., Antoniou, A., Dumont, A., 2015, GRAPHIC Groundwater and climate change: Small Island Developing States (SIDS), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)- International Hydrologic Programme (IHP), published by UNESCO, Paris, France, 14 pages. Link to publication on GRAPHIC's website here.

 

 

Elzie Velasco

B.A., Global Studies, UCLA

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2012-2015.

Research Interests: Groundwater response to teleconnections from interannual to multidecadal ocean-atmospherc circulation patterns, such as ENSO, NAO, PDO, and AMO.

Photo: Elzie doing field geology in the Badwater Basin, Death Valley.

Awards:

- Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Award, SFSU, COSE (2015)

- ARCS Scholarship recipient (2013-2014)

- Dawedy Hydrology Research Grant (2013)

Thesis: Relations between climate variability and groundwater fluctuations in U.S. Principal Aquifers (2015)

Publications:

(1) Velasco, E.M., Gurdak, J.J., Dickinson, J.E., Ferre, T.P.A., and Corona, C., 2015, Interannual to multidecadal climate forcings on groundwater resources of the West Coast of the U.S., Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, special issue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus of the Asia-Pacific Region.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.11.018

(2) Klove, Ala-Aho, Bertrand, Gurdak, Kupfersberger, Kvaener, Muotka, Mykra, Preda, Rossi, Uvo, Velasco, and Pulido-Velazquez, 2013, Climate change impacts on groundwater and dependent ecosystems. Journal of Hydrology, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.06.037.

Current employment: Staff Field Geologist, Haley & Aldrich, Oakland, CA

 

Mays Danfoura

B.S., Civil Engineering, Birzeit University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2012-14.

Research Interests: Low impact development (LID) and effects on recharge and groundwater quality.

Thesis: Redox dynamics in groundwater beneath low impact development (LID)

Current employment: Engineer II, Parsons Corp, San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

Ryan Corbett

B.S., Geology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2010-2014.

Research Interests: coastal freshwater resources, fog capture and drip contribution to local recharge, San Francisco, California.

Photo: Ryan's 2 fog collectors installed at a coastal site in Ft. Funston, San Francisco.

Thesis: Mathematical modeling of fog water deposition, San Francisco, California.

Current employment: Geologist, Geotechnical Engineering Dept., TECTONIC Engineering, Inc., Newburgh, New York.

 

 

 

Zach Lauffenberger

B.S., Geology, Colorado State University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2010-2013.

 

Research Interests: land-use and climate change effects on recharge, High Plains aquifer.

Photo: Zach taking water levels at a rangeland site in Nebraska that is part of the High Plains vadose zone research network.

Thesis: Recharge beneath land use and climate gradients, northern High Plains aquifer, USA.

Current employment: Lecturer, Department of Earth & Climate Sciences, SFSU

 

 

 

Zi Zi Searles

B.S., Geology, San Francisco State University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2010-2014.

 

Research Interests: error propagation and uncertainty in groundwater vulnerability modeling to nonpoint-source contamination.

Thesis: Error propagation and uncertainy in predicting nonpoint-source nitrate contamination in groundwater

Current employment: Environmental Remedial Project Manager, US EPA Region 9, Superfund Division, San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

Gabby Geyer

B.A., Liberal Studies, Earth Sciences emphasis, San Francisco State University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2012-2014.

Research Interests: Nitrate and groundwater vulnerability.

Thesis: Vulnerability of recently recharged groundwater in the California Coastal Basins to nitrate contamination

Current employment: Staff Geologist, Roux Associates, Oakland, California

 

 

 

Michael WrigleyMichael Wrigley

B.A., Graphic Design, Humboldt State University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2011-2014.

Research Interests: Nitrate and groundwater vulnerability.

Thesis: ICP-MS and XRF soil metal concentration screening comparison by quantitative analysis

 

 

Michelle Newcomer

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2010-2012.

Ph.D., Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2012 - 2016.

 

Current employment: Geological Post-Doctoral Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area, Lawrence Berkeley Natioal Laboratory (LBNL)

Research Interests: climate change, low-impact design (LID), and recharge to the Westside Basin aquifer, San Francisco, California.

M.S. Thesis title: Recharge beneath low impact development and the effects of climate variability..

Experience:

Research Assistant, SETI Institute.

Research Consultant, NASA Ames Research Center.

Awards:

2011 GA Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship

2011 Geological Society of America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grant

2010 Groundwater Resources Association, Conference Scholarship

Michelle's Publications:

  • Newcomer, M.E., Gurdak, J.J., Sklar, L., and Nanus, L., 2014, Urban recharge beneath low impact development and the effects of climate variability and changeWater Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2013WR014282.
  • Newcomer, M., and Gurdak, J.J., 2011, Recharge rates beneath low-impact design rain gardens and the influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on urban, coastal groundwater resources, 2011 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.
  • earthzine article (4/22/2011): Satellites Assist in Analysis of Biofilms in San Francisco Bay
  • Newcomer, M., et al. (2011). A GIS and Remote Sensing approach to predicting sediment deposition. Journal of Estuaries and Coasts. Manuscript in progress.
  • Hsu, W, A.J. Kuss, T. Ketron, A. Remar, A. Nguyen, M. Newcomer, (2011). Impact Analysis of Biofilms on the Carrying Capacity of the South Bay Salt Ponds, California. Proceedings for the William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium.
  • R.A. Grant, T. Halliday, W.P. Balderer, F. Leuenberger, M. Newcomer, G. Cyr, and F. T. Freund. (2011) Groundwater Chemistry Changes before Major Earthquakes and Possilbe Effects on Animals. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Newcomer, M., et al. (2011). Modeling Sediment Deposition for Predicting Marsh Habitat Development. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
  • Newcomer, M., et al. (2011). Prototype Application of NASA Missions for Identifying Patterns of Wetland Vegetation Development. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
  • Justice, E., M. Newcomer, (2010). NASA Ames DEVELOP Interns: Helping the Western United States Manage Natural Resources One Project at a Time. The Earth Observer. Vol. 22 (5). Pgs 10-12.
  • Newcomer, M., et al. (2010). Utilizing NASA Satellite Missions to Identify Bark Beetle Infestation in Sequoia National Park. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
  • Newcomer, M., et al. (2009). Burn Severity Assessment in the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Using NASA Satellite Missions. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
  • Ballard, M., M. Newcomer, J. Rudy, S. Lake, S. Sambasivam, A.W. Strawa, J.W. Skiles, and C. Schmidt, (2008). Understanding the Correlation of San Joaquin Air Quality Monitoring with Aerosol Optical Thickness Satellite Measurements. Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

 

Amber Kuss

B.S., Geology and Environmental Geosciences, The College of Charleston

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2009-2011.

Now at:

Ph.D., Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 2012 - present.

 

M.S. Thesis title: Effects of climate variability on recharge in regional aquifers of the United States.

NASA Ames Research Center Internship 2010: Development of a sediment monitoring tool for prioritizing salt pond restoration in the San Francisco Bay.

NASA Ames Research Center Internship 2010-2011: Hyperspectral biofilm classification analysis to determine carrying capacity for migratory birds in the South Bay Salt Ponds.

NASA Ames Research Center Internship 2011: Analysis of groundwater storage in the Central Valley aquifer using a comparison of GRACE satellite data and modeled datasets for accuracy assessment.

earthzine article (4/22/2011): Satellites Assist in Analysis of Biofilms in San Francisco Bay

Amber's Publications:

Kuss, A.J.M., 2011, Climate variability effects on groundwater levels in the Central Valley aquifer, California, HydroVisions, vol. 20, no. 3, pp 17-20. (PDF)

 

Gurdak, J.J., and Kuss, A.J., 2011, Interannual to multidecadal climate variability and groundwater resources of California, 28th Biennial Groundwater Conference and 20th Groundwater Resources Association of California Annual Meeting “California’s Water Future Goes Underground”, Sacramento, CA, October 5-6.

 

Kuss, A.J., and Gurdak, J.J., 2010, Recharge response to climate variability and implications for    groundwater resources of the Central Valley aquifer, 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, abstract H21G-1151.

 

Kuss, A.J., and Gurdak, J.J., 2010, The effects of interannual to multidecadal climate variability on recharge in the Central Valley aquifer of California, Groundwater Resource Association of California, 19th Annual Conference and Meeting: “Thinking outside the pipe exploring and protecting local water supplies”, Burlingame, CA, Sept. 15, 2010. 

 

 

Dylan Duverge

B.S., Environmental Studies, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2009-2011.

 

Research Interests: background concentrations of arsenic in soils of the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

 

Thesis title: Establishing background arsenic in soil of the urbanized San Francisco Bay Region

Current position: Hydrogeologist, Dudek, San Francisco, CA

 

 

Brent Everett

B.S., Geology, Northern Arizona University

M.S., Geosciences, San Francisco State University, 2009-2010.

Photo: Brent collecting infiltration measurements, natural rangeland site in Nebraska, High Plains vadose zone research network.

 

 

Thesis title: Pore-scale dual-domain flow and temporal variability in recharge, High Plains aquifer, USA.

Brent's Publications:

Everett, B., and Gurdak, J.J., 2010, Effects of climate variability and change on infiltration and recharge beneath natural grasslands in semiarid regions of the High Plains, USA, 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, abstract H21G-1143.

Current employment: Senior Hydrogeologist, Animas Environmental Services, LLC, Durango, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Hector Rangel

B.S., Earth Science, Hydrology Emphasis, San Francisco State University, 2014-2016.

Eric Louie

B.S., Earth Science, Hydrology Emphasis, San Francisco State University, 2016-2017.

 

Leia Gaten-Slahor

B.S., Geology, SFSU, 2012-2015.

2013-2014 Climate Change Scholar: This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program in SFSU's Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For more info on the Climate Change Scholars program, click here.

Research Interests: Low impact development (LID), climate change, and groundwater sustainability.

Field camp: Western Michigan University, Hydrogeology Field Course (summer 2014)

Awards:

- Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG), Outstanding Student Award 2015

- USGS/NAGT (National Association of Geoscience Teachers) Cooperative Field Training Program, summer internship 2015, USGS Unsaturated Zone Flow Project, Menlo Park, CA

 

Ryan Ford

B.S., Geology, SFSU, 2010-2014.

2012 Climate Change Scholar: This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program in SFSU's Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For more info on the Climate Change Scholars program, click here.

Research Interests: The effects of interannual to multidecadal climate variability on groundwater recharge and contaminant transport.

 

 

Elizabeth Peters

B.S., Geology, SFSU, 2009-2013.

2012 Climate Change Scholar: This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program in SFSU's Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For more info on the Climate Change Scholars program, click here.

Research Interests: Climate change effects on urban recharge beneath low impact development (LID).

Now: 2017 MS Geology, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, CSU East Bay, under the supervision of Prof. Jean Moran.

2017 Staff Geologist, Geo-Engineering Solutions Inc., San Ramon, California

 

 

Michelle Haskins

B.S. in Geology, 2010, San Francisco State University

Research Interests: structural and hydrologic implications of joint orientations, Catskill Mountains, eastern New York.

2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), SUNY New Paltz, New York.

Thesis title: Structural and hydrologic implications of jointing in the Werner Creek drainage basin, Catskills Mountains, eastern New York.

Michelle's Publications:

Haskins, M., Vollmer, F.W., Rayburn, J., and Gurdak, J.J., 2010, Structural and hydrologic implications of joint orientations in the Warner Creek and Stony Clove Drainage Basins, Catskill Mountains, Eastern New York, 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, abstract T33D-2295.

Current position: Ore Control Geologist, Mineral Ridge gold mine, Silver Peak, NV

 

 

Carl Martin

B.S. in Geology, 2011, San Francisco State University

 

Research Interests: saltwater intrusion of coastal aquifers in California, including the Westside Basin aquifer, San Francisco.

 

 

Thesis title: Geochemical characterization of early-stage seawater intrusion, Westside Basin aquifer, San Francisco, California

 

Vanessa Sorrell

B.A., Earth Sciences, SFSU, 2010-2013.

2012 Climate Change Scholar: This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program in SFSU's Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For more info on the Climate Change Scholars program, click here.

Research Interests: The effects of interannual to multidecadal climate variability on surface-water hydrology and ice-out dates.

Awards: Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG), Outstanding Student Award 2012

 

Kristofer Kaufman

B.S., Earth System Science (ESS), Environmental Studies, SFSU, 2012.

2012 Climate Change Scholar: This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported program in SFSU's Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME). For more info on the Climate Change Scholars program, click here.

Research Interests: Quantying groundwater vulnerability to climate change.

Current position: Environmental Scientist, Aquarius Environmental, LLC., Portland, OR

 

 

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