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Kristin Pearthree

 Kristin Pearthree
Research Scientist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

As a research scientist, I’m fortunate enough to split my time between two research groups, the Aquifer Mapping Program and the Geologic Mapping Group, and to work on diverse projects.

In the Aquifer Mapping Program, I participate in outreach events, write articles about ongoing research, and provide support for the Healy Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network. This statewide network monitors water levels in participating wells, with a particular focus on rural communities. I help identify priority wells to add to the network based on existing coverage, communicate with well owners, and write articles to promote the network’s visibility. If you are interesting in learning about how your well can join the network, please contact me at or send an email to

In the Geologic Mapping Group, I focus on Quaternary surficial geology and geomorphology. I map surficial geology through a combination of field work and imagery-based remote mapping used to identify alluvial fans and terrace surfaces of different ages. This information can be used to help identify areas with higher hazard risks due to arroyo cutting and mass wasting erosion.

In addition, I support the Bureau’s Climate and Water Science Advisory Panel project. This project, a collaboration with the Interstate Stream Commission, seeks to develop an understanding of how climate change over the next 50 years may impact New Mexico’s water resources through the development of a consensus report of existing research compiled by a panel of experts. This report will provide a scientific base on which the Interstate Stream Commission can develop a 50-year water plan for New Mexico.

(See CV_2022)


M.S. Earth and Planetary Sciences: 2019, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Thesis: Carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in organic matter from Lake Chalco, Mexico: A record of Quaternary hydrology and climate change

Advisor: Dr. Peter Fawcett

B.A. Geology: 2015, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH