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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 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 to identify alluvial fans and terrace surfaces of different ages. This information can be used to help identify areas with higher hazard risk due to arroyo cutting and mass wasting erosion. My master’s degree research focused on Quaternary paleoclimatology, specifically using lake sediments collected through coring to understand regional climate change over glacial-interglacial cycles. My experience in Quaternary geomorphology includes a surficial mapping project with GeoCorps at Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona and a project investigating rill development as a mechanism for relative dating of cinder cones in the San Francisco Volcanic Field in northern Arizona.

In addition to research, I work in a variety of public outreach activities. I manage the Bureau’s News web page and contribute content to the Facebook page. I attend events where I interact with the public, discussing Bureau programs and answering questions. Additionally, I provide outreach for the Aquifer Mapping Program’s 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 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


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