Kimberlie Perkins

Biography

Education:

San Jose State University: M.S. in Geology, December 2005.         

University of California, Berkeley: B.S. in Soil Science, December 1996

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Research Experience:

1997- Present    Research Hydrologist, Water Mission Area, Earth Surface Processes Division, Water Cycle Branch, United States Geological Survey, Supervisor: Dr. John Nimmo

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Research Interests:

  • Land use changes and their hydrologic influence on ecosystems.
  • Understanding water flow and contaminant transport in the unsaturated zone using a combination of laboratory measurements,  field experiments, and modeling.
  • Aquifer recharge estimation techniques.
  • Laboratory measurement and modeling of unsaturated hydraulic properties of porous materials.
  • Development of physically-based models for estimating hydraulic properties without the need for direct measurement.
  • Field techniques for measuring and quantifying hydrologic processes.
  • Mechanisms and quantification of preferential flow in the unsaturated zone.

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Awards: 

USGS Star Award for outstanding performance received in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009. 2010, 2011, 2018

 San Jose State University Graduate Studies Scholarship 2003.