Kelly Kochanski

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: University of Colorado
  • Field of Study: Earth Surface Processes
  • Academic Advisor: Robert Anderson and Gregory Tucker
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2017)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
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Summary of Research

Wind-blown snow forms ripples, dunes, and waves. These features are called bedforms. They are a beautiful example of self-organization in nature. They cover ridges on mountains and ice sheets on Antarctica. My current research aims to model the formation and evolution of snow bedforms.

My long-term research goal is to develop computational tools for water resources research, and to improve our predictions of the way that water resources respond to environmental change.


---Conference Papers---
1) IJzermans, RHA, A Thyagarajan, V Ramohalli Gopala, BWH van Beest, JMVA Koelman, PK Pan, KA Kochanski, BD Jones, JR Williams. "Simulating the impact of extreme sea waves on offshore structures with SPH". SPHERIC International Workshop, 8-1 (2015).

---Conference Presentations---
4) Kochanski, K, D Hobley, G Tucker. "The effect of grid resolution on a landscape evolution model". Poster, National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics Summer Institute (Aug. 2016).
3) Kochanski, K, T Herring. "Ice accumulation and the apparent seasonal variation of GPS stations in Alaska". Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, G33A (Dec. 2015).
2) Kochanski, K, A Klishin. "IYPT problems teach high school students about teamwork and the scientific method". Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, ED53E (Dec. 2015).
1) Marshall HL, NS Schulz, R Heilmann, K Kochanski. "Progress in soft x-ray polarimetry". Poster, American Astronomical Society Meeting (June 2012).


2016 - DOE Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowship.
2016 - NSF GRFP and NDSEG Fellowships (both declined).
2015 - University of Colorado Chancellor's Fellowship.

Research funding:
2016 - University of Colorado Dept. Geology Patterson Award.
2016 - Colorado Scientific Society Memorial Fund Award.
2016 - American Alpine Club Research Grant.

2015 - MIT Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders.
2014 - MIT Burchard Scholar for distinguished students in the humanities.
2011 - International Baccalaureate, 45/45 points.