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Kristen Bukowski McSwain, P.G.

Kris McSwain is a Physical Scientist in the Office of Planning and Programming for the USGS Water Mission Area.

Research Interests:

Temperature as a tracer in groundwater/surface-water interaction; Salt-water intrusion and its impact to coastal water supply; Use of stable isotopes to track groundwater movement; Groundwater monitoring for water supply and anthropogenic impact

Professional Experience

  • July 2020 - Present:     Physical Scientist, Office of Planning and Programming, USGS Water Mission Area

  • June 2019  - June 2020:     Coordinator, Advisory Committee on Water Information, USGS Water Mission Area  

  • November 2016 - June 2019:     Groundwater Specialist, USGS, South Atlantic Water Science Center

  • January 2013 - November 2016:     Hydrologist, USGS, Raleigh NC 

  • January 2011 - January 2013:     Student Trainee (Hydrology), USGS, Raleigh NC 

  • November 2005 - January 2011:     Hydrologist, USGS, Raleigh NC

  • February 2004-November 2005:     Hydrogeologic Technician, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Raleigh NC

  • November 1999 - July 2001:     Supervisory Hydrologist, USGS, Atlanta GA

  • June 1995 - November 1999:     Hydrologist, USGS, Atlanta GA

  • November 1994 - June 1995:     Geologist, Jordan, Jones, & Goulding, Atlanta GA

  • November 1992 - November 1994:     Student Intern, USGS, Atlanta, GA

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. in Soil Science, North Carolina State University
    Thesis:  Groundwater-surface water interaction and nutrient retention within a floodplain of the Cape Fear River, N

  • B.S. in Geology, Georgia State University

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