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Karyn DeFranco

PhD Student

M.S. Geology, University of Delaware, 2018
B.S. Geology, Union College, 2016
Curriculum Vitae
My research focuses on low-latitude aqueous geochemistry, using Ca and Sr isotopes to better understand the carbonate system in the Yucatan Peninsula. Karst processes change the flow, transport and storage of groundwater in carbonate systems. Karst groundwater can be particularly vulnerable to pollution and, because more than 25 percent of the world’s population obtains its water from karst aquifers, it is important to fully understand these systems. Therefore, I’m interested in using geochemistry as a tool to better conceptualize the Yucatan carbonate aquifer in hopes that this understanding can be globally applied to other karstified coastlines.
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