Erica Barth-Naftilan

PhD Candidate, Hydrology

 

Degrees

BA, Environmental Earth Sciences
Johns Hopkins University, 2008

Masters of Environmental Management
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2013

PhD, Hydrology
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, expected September 2018

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About

I am interested in quantifying the impact of energy systems on water resources. My research initially focused on comparing stream water withdrawals for unconventional oil and gas development to natural flow regimes across the Susquehanna and Ohio River Basins in Pennsylvania. More recently, I have been working on a prospective study of groundwater quality surrounding shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Using a broad suite of groundwater quality analytes, including methane, I am interested in determining any observable impacts to groundwater that may result from each of the key stages of unconventional oil and gas development, including drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This work will help to inform various stakeholders and policy makers on the risks of unconventional oil and gas development to groundwater resources.