Robert L. Wiegel Scholarship for Coastal Studies                                                                                                                                2017
​National Geographic Society's Early Career Grant                                                                                                                               2017
J. Casey Moore Award                                                                                                                                                                     2017
Myers Oceanographic and Marine Trust Research Award                                                                                                                    2017
Geological Society of America Travel Grant                                                                                                                                         2017     
Geological Society of America Specialized Award - Hydrogeology Division Research Grant                                                                       2017
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program                                                                                                   2017

University of California at Santa Cruz, Regent’s Fellowship                                                                                                                   2016
Harold T. Stearns Grant                                                                                                                                                                   2015
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship                                                                                                 2014 – present
Sea Grant Graduate Trainee Program                                                                                                                                     2014 – 2016

Richardson, C., Dulai, H., and R. Whittier. A multi-proxy approach for determining the sources and spatial variability of groundwater-delivered nutrients. AGU Fall Meeting (H11F-1414). Dec. 14-18, 2015.

Richardson, C., Dulai, H., and R. Whittier. Wastewater’s role in coastal nutrient loading: Maunalua Bay, Oʻahu. Water Resource Sustainbility Issues on Tropical Islands Conference. Dec. 1-3, 2015.

Richardson, C. Nutrient sources and spatial variability in Maunalua Bay, Oʻahu. University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, Hanauma Bay Education Program. Nov. 22, 2015.

Richardson, C. Exploring groundwater’s connection to coastal ecosystems: Maunalua Bay, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, Hanauma Bay Education Program. Nov. 30, 2014.

Richardson, C., Swarzenski, P., and C. Johnson. Quantifying groundwater exchange rates in a beach barrier lagoon using a radioisotopic tracer and geophysical methods. AGU Fall Meeting (H41F-1308). Dec. 9-13, 2013.

Richardson, C., and P. Swarzenski. On the physics of groundwater exchange in a beach barrier lagoon system: Younger Lagoon, Santa Cruz, CA. NIWR Annual Conference: Sustaining Water Resources and Ecological Functions in Changing Environments. June 11-14, 2013.

Richardson, C., and E. Neal. Ecohydrology: A spatial comparison of diel fluctuations in stream flow and evapotranspiration in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon State University NSF REU Symposium. August 18, 2011.

University of California at Santa Cruz                                                                                                                                    Santa Cruz, CA
Ph.D. student, Earth Sciences                                                                                                                                            2016 – present

University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa                                                                                                                                             Honolulu, HI
M.S., Geology and Geophysics                                                                                                                                              2014 – 2016

University of California at Santa Cruz                                                                                                                                   Santa Cruz, CA
B.S., Marine Biology, Minor in Earth Sciences                                                                                                                         2010 – 2012

Publications & Reports

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Grants & Fellowships


Selected PRESENTATIONS & Conference proceedings



Student President of American Water Works Association, Hawaiʻi Chapter                                                                             2014 – 2016
American Geophysical Union                                                                                                                                         2013 – present
Geological Society of America                                                                                                                                        2013 – present

Richardson, C., H. Dulai, B. Popp, K. Ruttenberg, and J. Fackrell. Submarine groundwater discharge drives biogeochemistry in two Hawaiian reefs. Accepted June 2017. Limnology and Oceanography.

Richardson, C., Dulaiova, H., and R. Whittier. Sources and spatial variability of groundwater-delivered nutrients in Maunalua Bay, Oahu, Hawaiʻi. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 2015.  

Nelson, C., Donahue, M., Dulaiova, H., Goldberg, S., La Valle, F., Lubarsky, K., Richardson, C., Silbiger, N., and F. Thomas. Fluorescent dissolved organic matter as a multivariate biogeochemical tracer of submarine groundwater discharge in coral reef ecosystems. 2015. Marine Chemistry.

Johnson, C., Swarzenski, P., Richardson, C., Smith, C., Kroeger, K., and P. Ganguli. Ground-truthing electrical resistivity methods in support of submarine groundwater discharge studies: Examples from Hawaiʻi, Washington, and California. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 2013.

Richardson, C. A short-term assessment of spatial and temporal variations in water quality of the San Lorenzo River. UC Water Resources Center, 2011.

Selected synergistic activitieS

2017     Summer research mentor, CC-RISE thru the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at the University of California at                   Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

2016     Led ocean circulation and density experiments for K-12 minority students at Expanding Your Horizons, Salinas, CA

2015     Undergraduate research mentor, Geology and Geophysics Dept., University of Hawaiʻi’ at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
2015     (+2014) Designed and led water pollution outreach activities at Bishop Museum’s free public “Science Alive!” event, 
             Honolulu, HI

2014     Designed and led a two-day water pollution outreach activity for K-12 students at the University of Hawaiʻi’s Open House event,
             Honolulu, HI

2013     Santa Cruz County Science Fair Judge, Santa Cruz, CA

2013     Undergraduate mentor through Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at the University of California at Santa Cruz,
            Santa Cruz, CA

2012     Trip leader whitewater rafting guide for at-risk youth, American River, Coloma, CA

2012     Led public water quality monitoring events as an intern at the Coastal Watershed Council, Santa Cruz, CA

2010     Assisted in the capture, transport, and treatment of local mustelid and pinniped spp. at the Marine Mammal Rescue Center,
            Moss Landing, CA