Nicola Hill

Nicola Hill

Career Interests

Watershed Management, Water Resources Planning and Finance, Water Quality

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Coursework: Biogeochemistry, ArcGIS for Water Quality and Quantity, Water Resources Finance & Planning, Landscape and Global Hydrology, Water Resources Law
Awards: Nicholas School of the Environment Scholarship 
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, May 2015
Trinity University San Antonio, TX; 
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)
Study abroad Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, January to May 2015
Studied issues surrounding water quality and use of plastic on San Cristobal, Galapagos

Professional Experience

Water Policy Assistant, The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC, 
Assess the progress of reservoirs using release rates, sediment flows, and precipitation data using R software and MS Office to craft reports for the Army Corps of Engineers. 2016-Present
Geologic Technician at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX
Field Research & Data Analysis
Sampled water wells and collected turbidity, pH, ORP, and specific conductivity data to create a model of the recharge zone for the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District. Researched the injection volumes, pressures, and locations, for thousands of salt water injection wells in Texas to create a concise database and graphics 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. Created earthquake simulation models in Abaqus for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Water Quality Intern, Elequa Tech, San Antonio, TX 
Identified areas at high risk for water contamination by using U.S. census data and ArcGIS to market a water purification system which used electrocoagulation. 2013-2015   
Structural Geology Student Researcher under Dr. Benjamin Surpless, Trinity University
Evaluated fracture data and formation images collected in the field using visual representations such as Agisoft photogrammetry software and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to establish potential flow patterns and fault movement in the anticline. 2014

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. 

Graduation Date

May 2018

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