Michelle Newcomer

Research Scientist

Building 085B, Room 0115

M/S 74R316C

Phone: 510-486-7057


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Michelle Newcomer is a Research Scientist in the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a member of the Watershed Function SFA 2.0 Team and her research focuses on analyzing the effects of climate perturbations on hydrological and biogeochemical cycling in hyporheic zones and as a function of surface water-groundwater interactions. Her current research links dynamic mechanisms of microbial transformations to larger scale effects driven by climate in the East River, CO, and the Russian River, CA. Michelle completed her PhD in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley and has a wide range of hydrological interests from:

  • Impacts of California wild-fires on watershed hydrology and water quality
  • Extreme climate and changes to groundwater-surface water connectivity
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and the role of food-webs, riverine exports, and climate perturbations
  • Terrestrial Aquatic Interface (TAI): exploring the biogeochemistry of the TAI across large-scale (coastal zones) to small-scale (hyporheic zones)
  • New fiber-optic technologies for sensing across the TAI