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Kristina Hopkins


Krissy Hopkins studies the impacts of urbanization on rivers and streams, focused on understanding how the intensity and type of development impacts water quality and quantity. This includes examining the impacts of different types of stormwater management strategies, both conventional and infiltration-based (i.e., green infrastructure), on watershed hydrology and nutrient fluxes. Her work also focuses on translating ecosystem functions into ecosystem services and values by applying ecosystem services approaches to floodplain systems and green stormwater infrastructure.

Krissy received an undergraduate degree in biology/environmental science and geography from Syracuse University in 2007. She completed her Ph.D. in geology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland. She joined the U.S. Geological Survey in 2016 as a Research Physical Scientist.



  • Assessing hydrologic, chemical, and geomorphic changes associated with urban development.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of urban stormwater management practices. 
  • Developing geospatial tools to map stream channel and floodplain characteristics at regional scales.
  • Quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services that floodplains provide to people. 



Ph.D. 2014, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dissertation: From small watersheds to regions: Variation in hydrologic response to urbanization

B.S. 2007 Biology/Environmental Science (2nd Major Geography), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY



2017 - Present, Research Physical Scientist, South Atlantic Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Raleigh, NC.

2016 - 2017, Research Physical Scientist, Eastern Geographic Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

2014 - 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD.


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