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Michelle R. Plampin, Ph.D.

Michelle Plampin is a Research Hydrologist with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, VA.

Michelle investigates various interactions between groundwater and energy production waste products, focusing on the effects of multiphase (gas-water) flow. Specific applications include the potential impacts of geologic carbon sequestration on water quality in shallow aquifers, as well as the long-term hydrogeologic evolution of low-permeability aquitards that may be used for disposal of nuclear waste.

Professional Experience

  • Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center, 2020-Present

  • Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, 2019-2020

  • Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Mission Area, Earth System Processes Division, Water Cycle Branch, 2017-2019

  • Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Mission Area, National Research Program, 2016-2017

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2015-2016

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2011-2015

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, 2007-2011

  • Intern, Washington River Protection Solutions, Interface Management Team, 2010

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines2015 - (Adviser: Professor Tissa Illangasekare) Thesis title: Fundamental study of multiphase CO2 evolution and attenuati

  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, 2012

  • B.S. Engineering, 2011 - Specialty: Environmental, Minor: Public Affairs for Engineers

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Geophysical Union

  • Geological Society of America

  • International Association for Mathematical Geosciences

  • International Society for Porous Media

Honors and Awards

  • Second Place Student Poster Presentation, 2015 MODFLOW and More Conference

  • Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation scholar, 2012

  • Engineer In Training certification, 2011

  • Cum Laude graduate, 2011

  • Guy T. McBride Jr. Honors Program graduate, 2011

  • Tau Beta Pi inductee, 2010

  • Student Employee of the Year, 2009

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government