Nicola J. Hill

Nicola J. Hill

Career Interests

Water management Consulting, Industrial Water Management, Groundwater Conservation

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018 
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC 
Applicable Coursework: Project Management, Advanced Geospatial Analysis, Wetlands Ecology and Management, Water Resources Finance & Planning, Landscape and Global Hydrology, 
Master’s Project: Quantifying trends in industrial water usage, both spatially and temporally across the U.S.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, May 2015 
Trinity University San Antonio, TX;  
Double Major: Geosciences Environmental Studies – Biology.
Awards: Edward C. Roy, Jr., Geosciences Outstanding Research Award (2014-2015), Edwin E. Eckert Scholarship in Geology, 2014-2015, Presidential Scholarship (2011-2015) 
Semester Abroad: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador: studying fresh water supply in the Galapagos

Professional Experience

Geologist Intern, Geosyntec Consultants, Jacksonville, FL
Composed essential project documentation for multiple offices; Health and Safety Plans, Task Hazard Assessments, Scope of Work, project budgets, and Task Assignment Change Orders. Completed soil and groundwater sampling events using EPA protocol and corresponding data analysis as a member of the Groundwater Action Group. Summer 2017
Water Policy Assistant, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Durham, NC
Drafted briefing memos on current state of groundwater usage in varying industrial and settings for the 2017 Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum: Deepening Groundwater Sustainability. Assessed progress of reservoirs using release rates, sediment flows, and precipitation data using R software and MS Office to craft reports for US Army Corps of Engineers. 2016-2017 
Structural Geology and Hydrology Technician, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX
Completed groundwater sampling field work data to create a model of the recharge zone for a Texas Groundwater Conservation District. Researched the injection volumes, pressures, and locations, for thousands of Texas salt water injection wells to create a concise database in Microsoft Access and graphics in ArcGIS for groundwater conservation districts. Utilized stratigraphic and outcrop fracture data to model the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the Eagle Ford formation using Abaqus finite element modeling software for a consortium of oil companies. 2015-2016 

Additional Information

Ferrill, D., Morris, A., McGinnis, R., Smart, K., Wigginton, S., Hill, N. (2016) Mechanical stratigraphy and normal faulting. Journal of Structural Geology, 94, 275-302. 
Surpless, B., Hill, N., & Beasley, C. (2015). The unusual 3D interplay of basement fault reactivation and fault propagation fold development: A case study of the Laramide-age Stillwell Anticline, west Texas (USA). Journal of Structural Geology, 79, 42-56.  

Duke Water Network: Organized large scale water forum and hosted professional networking events.
Software: ArcGIS 10.5 and Pro, R, Adobe Acrobat and Illustrator, Abaqus Finite Modeling, MS Office and Project
Boston Marathon Finisher (April 2017)


project management
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Non-profit / NGO