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Cara L Peterman, Ph.D.

Welcome to Cara Peterman's profile.

Cara Peterman is a fluvial geomorphologist / hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Science Center in Lawrence, Kansas. As a geomorphologist she has a wide range of fluvial geomorphological interests with an emphasis on understanding the effects that natural and or human-induced perturbations have on water-resources and soils. Understanding geomorphic and palaeohydrological processes, sediment dynamics of rivers as they relate to land cover land use changes, and habitat degradation are vital for any effective remediation and or mitigation efforts.

Areas of Interest

· Sedimentation and sediment mobility

· Surface water chemistry

· Flood hydrology

· Fluvial dynamics

· Soil conservation

· Soil erosion

· Reservoir sustainability

· Eutrophication with respects to nutrient fate and transport

· Geographical information system mapping

· programming and machine learning

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Geology with focus in Fluvial Geomorphology – University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Dissertation: “Tracing source contributions to assess spatial patterns of erosion in a mixed land us

  • M.S. in Environmental Science - University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan. Thesis: “Heavy Metal Contamination in an Urban Neighborhood, Detroit, Michigan,” 2011 – 2013.

  • B.S. in Earth Science, minor in Geology – University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan. 2008 – 2011.

  • Certificate: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), ArcGIS, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan. 2008-2011.

  • A.S. in Chemistry – Monroe County College, Monroe, Michigan, 2005-2008.

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