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Kyra Han Kyul Kim

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-331

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Water & Ecosystems

Postdoctoral Researcher


Kyra hails from South Korea. She received her BS in Geology and BA in Music from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She then moved to Delaware where she investigated the effects of coastal groundwater mixing patterns on nutrient chemistry using field, laboratory, and numerical modeling techniques. Kyra joined the Terrestrial Hydrology Group as an NPP Fellow in September 2019. Her research interests include water resources management, coastal hydrology, and linkages between aquifer physics-biogeochemistry.


  • Ph.D. Geology, University of Delaware, 2019
  • B.S. General Geology with High Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • B.A. Music, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-current
  • Delaware Environmental Institute Fellow, 2017-2019

Research Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater Modeling
  • Coastal Hydrogeology
  • Aquifer Biogeochemistry
  • Water Resources

Selected Awards

  • Delaware Environmental Institute Fellowship 2017
  • Univ. of Delaware Professional Development Award 2015
  • Univ. of Delaware Professional Development Award 2014
  • Wayne Franklin Bowman Endowed Presidential Scholarship 2012

Selected Publications

  1. Kim, K.; Z. Liu; M. Rodell; H. Beaudoing; J. Reager (2020), An evaluation of remotely sensed and in-situ data sufficiency for SGMA-scale groundwater studies in the Central Valley, California, invited, Journal of American Water Association,
  2. Kim, K.; J. Heiss; X. Geng, and H. Michael, (2020), Modeling hydrologic controls on particulate organic carbon contributions to beach aquifer biogeochemical reactivity, Water Resources Research,
  3. Kim, K.; H. Michael; E. Field; W. Ullman (2019), Hydrologic shifts create complex transient distributions of particulate organic carbon and biogeochemical responses in beach aquifers, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences,
  4. Kim, K.; J. Heiss; H. Michael; W. Cai; T. Laattoe; V. Post; W. Ullman (2017), Spatial patterns of groundwater biogeochemical reactivity in an intertidal beach aquifer, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122(10): 2548-2562,, EOS Research Highlight