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Christopher Conaway

Christopher Conaway is a Research Chemist in the USGS Water Mission Area Earth System Processes Division, where he conducts research to improve the understanding of environmental aspects of energy resources, climate change, carbon cycling and sequestration, water quality, and subsurface hydrology using geochemical approaches such as the use of isotopic tracers, trace elements, and radioisotopes.

Christopher (Kit) Conaway is a geochemist with the USGS Water Mission Area Earth System Processes Division. His research has focused on the sampling and analysis of produced waters from geologic carbon sequestration studies, geochemical characterization of sediment transport in the coastal zone, the environmental chemistry of mercury in coastal regions, and water quality analysis for samples from areas of mineralized rock, mining activity, and wetlands. His current work focuses principally isotope geochemistry in hydrological and biogeochemical applications.


Christopher completed a B.A. degree in English literature at the Ohio State University in 1993, an M.S. in geology at the Ohio State University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology and chemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2003. Prior to his current position at USGS, he was a USGS Mendenhall Scholar at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, and then worked in the USGS National Research Program.