Alexandria Kuhl

PicPersonal History

I grew up along the southern edge of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, spending each summer outside – swimming in lakes, catching crayfish, climbing trees, etc. etc. Fortunately, those experiences gave me an intense appreciation for the quality of the environment and directed my career path towards the earth sciences. As an undergraduate at Brockport, I was lucky enough to study and research within the Water Resources Department while simultaneously gaining problem solving and programming skills as a Physics major. My desire to combine these interests led me to Hydrogeophysics here at MSU, where I’ve been able to apply my diverse abilities to develop models that help us understand how different factors influence the behavior of water in the environment.

Research Interests

I’m interested in using geophysical techniques and modeling to investigate how water moves in the shallow subsurface beyond point scales. Plant-water interactions play a huge role in controlling how water is distributed in the vadose-zone, but are traditionally difficult to quantify.  Using non-invasive methods we can get a close look at the system without disturbing it.  This kind of information is critical to anticipate how changes in land use and climate will influence future water balances. I’m currently focused on coupling hydrological and geophysical models to optimize root-uptake functions.


  • PhD Candidate 2012-Present, Environmental Geosciences, Michigan State University
  • BS Physics 2012, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
  • BS Water Resources 2012, The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Recent Abstracts

Complete CV

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