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Kimberlie Perkins

Kimberlie Perkins is a Research Hydrologist for the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.


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

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


Research Experience:

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


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.



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.