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Megan Barbara Young

Megan Young specializes in isotope biogeochemistry research as a member of Carol Kendall’s Isotope Tracers Project at the USGS in Menlo Park, California. She also manages the Menlo Park Tritium Laboratory, providing tritium analysis for groundwater age dating within the USGS.

Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Puget Sound, Washington, and her Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University in 2006, working with Dr. Adina Paytan. Her research has focused on using a wide range of natural tracers, including stable isotopes, geochemical constituents, and radioactive isotopes to trace natural and anthropogenic nutrient sources through surface and groundwater systems, and on the development and application of new isotope tracing techniques. Megan is currently working on large scale multi-isotope tracer studies in rivers, estuaries, and ground water in the San Francisco Bay Delta and Central Valley, California. One focus of her current research is on expanding the use of the oxygen isotopic composition of phosphate into freshwater systems as a tracer of phosphate sources and cycling, and she has co-authored several articles and book chapters on this topic.