Led by Laura Lautz, EMPOWER is a team of over 40 people, including the leadership team, affiliated faculty, staff, graduate students, and external advisors. Browse our full directory below, which includes the leadership team and our graduate student trainees, or check out the information about our affiliated faculty and external advisors.
Kristina GutchessPhD, Earth Sciences
Kristina is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences. She previously attended SUNY Cortland where she studied Geology. Her research aims to strengthen the understanding of processes that affect water quality, including the impacts of both humans and naturally occurring processes. She uses modeling and statistical approaches, combined with field and laboratory work to explore the utility of halogens as sensitive tracers for the transport of solutes and the movement of surface water and groundwater. As an EMPOWER Trainee, Kristina has taken advantage of many professional development opportunities, including serving as an instructor of record in the Geology Department at SUNY Cortland in fulfillment of the Career Pathway Experience training element of the EMPOWER program.
Interested in Kristina’s research? Visit her research webpage here.