Michelle R Plampin, Ph.D.

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

Biography

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.

Education:

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines2015 - (Adviser: Professor Tissa Illangasekare) Thesis title: Fundamental study of multiphase CO2 evolution and attenuation in shallow aquifers during possible leakage from deep geologic sequestration sites using multi-scale experimental testing and numerical modeling
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, 2012
  • B.S. Engineering, 2011 - Specialty: Environmental, Minor: Public Affairs for Engineers

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

Honors, Awards & Certifications:

  • 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

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
  • International Society for Porous Media

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