2nd Place, Best Poster Presentation,  2018 Bay-Delta Conference                                                                                                        2018
IAGC Graduate Student Research Grant                                                                                                                                            2018
​Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant                                                                                                                     2018
Future Leaders of Coastal Science                                                                                                                                                    2018
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 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., Popp, B., Ruttenberg, K., and J. Fackrell. Submarine groundwater discharge and biologically-driven variability in marine carbonate chemistry in Maunalua Bay, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section Meeting. May 22-26, 2017.

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 Sustainability 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.

Publications & Reports

Copyright 2017. Christina Richardson. All rights reserved.

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography                                                                                           2017 – present
Student President of American Water Works Association, Hawaiʻi Chapter                                                                             2014 – 2016
American Geophysical Union                                                                                                                                         2013 – present
Geological Society of America                                                                                                                                        2013 – present

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

Undergraduate research mentor, Kaylee Glenney                                                                                                            2017 – present
Undergraduate research mentor, Carolyn Brady                                                                                                              2017 – present

2017   Science Fair Judge, Westlake Elementary, Santa Cruz, California 

2017    (+2016) Led ocean circulation and density experiments for K-12 minority students at Expanding Your Horizons, Salinas, CA

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

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

2011     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

Grants, Awards, & Fellowships

Selected PRESENTATIONS & Conference proceedings


Selected synergistic activitieS



Richardson, C., H. Dulai, B. Popp, K. Ruttenberg, and J. Fackrell. Submarine groundwater discharge drives biogeochemistry in two Hawaiian reefs. Limnology and Oceanography, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lno.10654

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.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.11.006  

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marchem.2015.06.026

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/jeeg20.1.81

Richardson, C. A short-term assessment of spatial and temporal variations in water quality of the San Lorenzo River. UC Water Resources Center, 2011. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/82c9j37t

MENTORING activitieS