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Chris Kelley, Ph.D.

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Senior Geologist

10 years’ experience
PhD Geology
MS Geology
BS Environmental Geological Sciences

Contact Information
(509) 715-9024


Chris is a broadly trained hydrogeologist with expertise in environmental site assessment, surface water – groundwater interactions, contaminant transport, and remediation. His project experience includes environmental investigations and reclamation with diverse government and commercial partners for sites impacted by industrial development, mining and smelting operations, wood treatment, and agricultural chemicals. He has experience performing characterization of emerging contaminants such as agricultural pesticides and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

Professional Registrations and Certifications

  • HAZWOPER Site Supervisor

Fun Facts

Chris lives on the north end of Whidbey Island, Washington on a small hobby farm with his wife and kids. In his free time, he enjoys watching his kids play sports, hiking, camping, fishing, and working on his tractor around the farm.


Water and nitrogen movement through a semi-arid dryland agricultural catchment: Seasonal and decadal trends

The goals of this project were to determine the roles of macropores and bulk-soil matrix flow-paths for water and hydrologic nitrogen (N) export from a dryland agroecosystem in a semi-arid region where most precipitation occurs outside...

Nitrate-nitrogen and oxygen isotope ratios for identification of nitrate sources and dominant nitrogen cycle processes in a tile-drained dryland agricultural field

In this study environmental nitrate-nitrogen and -oxygen isotope ratios were used to identify the dominant nitrogen cycle processes and sources of nitrate leached from a tile-drained, dryland agricultural field.

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