Katherine is interested in non-invasive near surface geophysics and it's applications to hydrology. She has mostly worked with electromagnetic methods including ground penetrating radar (GPR), time domain electromagnetics (TDEM), transient electromagnetic methods (TEM), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Currently, Katherine’s research involves the determination of how to best to estimate permeability from NMR data in unconsolidated materials. Her research evaluates the use of the two standard empirical equations for estimating permeability using measurements of logging, surface and laboratory NMR data collected from samples from the High Plains aquifer. This research is funded through the NSF GOALI program (Grand Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) and is a collaboration with the USGS, Schlumberger Water Services and Vista Clara, Inc. Katherine research also examines the fundamental mechanisms controlling NMR relaxation in near surface unconsolidated materials and the impact on the interpretation for permeability estimates. She will investigate the effects of larger pores, typically found in unconsolidated materials, on the relationship between the measured NMR data and actual petrophysical properties through numerical simulations and from constructed lab samples. The completion of this research will result in a more comprehensive understanding of NMR relaxation and permeability estimates for groundwater applications.
5th Year PhD student in the Environmental Geophysics.