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Tamara Kraus

Tamara Kraus is a Research Soil Scientist at the California Water Science Center.

Tamara Kraus received a master's degree in Agronomy and a doctoral degree in Soils and Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Davis. She has been working at the USGS California Water Science Center (CAWSC) in Sacramento since 2004, where she does research on the cycling of carbon and nutrients, and the linkages between terrestrial and aquatic systems.  Her projects span a range of topics from identifying sources of dissolved organic carbon and to inform drinking water quality management, to using constructed wetlands to reverse subsidence, to the application of in situ coagulation to remove mercury from surface waters, to understanding the links between nutrients and phytoplankton.



Professional Experience

  • 2010-present   Soil Scientist, US Geological Survey, Sacramento, CA

  • 2006-2009        Post Doctoral Researcher, US Geological Survey through UC Davis, Sacramento, CA

  • 2004-2005        National Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow with US Geological Survey, Sacramento, CA

  • 1996-2003        Research Assistant: Soil Chemistry Lab, , University of California, Davis, CA    

  • 1996-2003        Teaching Assistant: Soils and Biogeochemistry, , University of California, Davis, CA   

  • 1995-1996        Post-Graduate Researcher/Project Manager, University of California, Davis, CA     

  • 1992-1994        Research Assistant: Agronomy, University of California, Davis, CA    

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Soils and Biogeochemistry, 2002, University of California, Davis , CA Dissertation: Tannins and Nutrient Dynamics in Forest Soils: Plant-Litter-Soil Interactions

  • M.S., Agronomy and Range Science, 1994, University of California, Davis, CAThesis: Weed Abundance and Competition in Water-Seeded versus Drill-Seeded Rice in California

  • B.A., Biology and Society: Agriculture and the Environment, 1989, College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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