Sensors Validate California Groundwater Management TechniquesNewcomer

Global groundwater resources in urban, coastal environments are highly vulnerable to increased human pressures and climate variability. Our recently highlighted work used rain gauges, soil moisture, and water potential sensors to determine if low impact design (LID) structures such as rain gardens and infiltration trenches are an effective means of infiltrating and storing rainwater in dry climates instead of letting it run off into the ocean. [link]


Michelle receives a major DOE Fellowship. Michelle was selected for her research that will help predict hydrologic water balances. Newcomer represents “the next generation of scientific talent in the US.” [link]


Featured on the Earth Scientist Women’s Network ESWN Identify with A Scientist website [link]

Under low-impact development, groundwater rates much higher. Environmental Monitor. May 2014

Low-Impact Development (LID) is becoming a more commonly used best-management practice (BMP) to control and retain stormwater runoff. In cities nationwide, most stormwater is funneled to drains, eventually reaching the ocean, resulting in a lost freshwater resource. An article recently published online by Fondriest, describes the impacts, and benefits of a useful urban planning decision.

Water Resources Research Editor’s Highlight February 2014

Our current article received the editor’s highlight in the current AGU EOS newsletter. Check out the article here. or the pdf to the Editor’s Highlight AGU EOS Spotlight

Recipient of the prestigious Roy G. Post Fellowship [link]


Sonoma County Water Agency Research Grant

2012-2014, UC Berkeley

Recipient of the Prestigious Jane Lewis Fellowship


San Francisco State University Graduate Student Grant


Geological Society of America (GSA) Graduate Student Research Grant

Recipient of the Decagon G.A. Harris Graduate Student Fellowship: 2011.[link]

2010, 2011, 2012

Groundwater Resources Association, Conference Scholarship

2009 and 2010

Research Scholarship, Livermore Valley Lithophiles


UC Santa Barbara Study Abroad Scholarship


Bank of America Joe Martin Scholarship


Outreach and News

  • NASA Feature Article. NASA Ames Scientists Train the Next Generation of Earth Explorers. 2010: [link]
  • NASA Ames DEVELOP interns collaborate with the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project to monitor and study restoration efforts using NASA’s satellites: [link]
  • Earthzine: Downscaling GRACE data in the Central Valley aquifer in California: [link]
  • Earthzine: NASA Satellites Detect Changes in California’s Central Valley Groundwater: [link]
  • Earthzine: Hyperspectral Biofilm Classification Analysis to Determine Carrying Capacity for Migratory Birds in the South Bay Salt Ponds: [link]
  • Earthzine: Improving Groundwater Storage Estimates in California: [link]

Other Outreach videos available here.


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