Kathleen Warrell


Kathleen is a geologist in the Geosciences and Environmental Change Center at the USGS. Her research has focused on structural geology, paleoseismology, neotectonics, and geomorphology with an emphasis on geologic mapping. She has also worked with scaled physical models to understand the impacts of pre-existing faults on normal-fault development. Before joining the USGS, Kathleen worked in technology-based roles, gaining expertise in data visualization, software development, and database administration. 



2020-Present, M.S., Geographic Information Science, Northwest Missouri State University

2013-2017, A.B.D., Geology, Rutgers University

2011-2013, M.S., Geology, University of Tennessee. Thesis: Detailed geologic studies of paleoseismic features exposed at sites in the East Tennessee seismic zone: Evidence for large, prehistoric earthquakes

2008-2011, B.S., Earth and Atmospheric Science, Georgia Institute of Technology. Senior Thesis: Stream terraces in the Critical Zone – Lower Gordon Gulch, Colorado


Professional Experience

2021-Present: Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

2020-2021: GIS Application Analyst, Tri-County Health Department

2018-2020: Senior Software Developer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

2017-2018: Data Analyst, Evolytics

2015: Geoscience Intern, ConocoPhillips