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Annette Hilton

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PhD Student

Bren Hall 1005

BA, Geology, College of Wooster, Ohio

Annette Hilton is pursuing a PhD at Bren with a focus on groundwater quantity and quality. She is interested in recognizing and addressing data gaps in groundwater that are necessary for informed management and groundwater protection in the face of climate uncertainty. 

Annette graduated from the College of Wooster, OH, in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Geology. Her previous work includes research in observing climatological patterns on the west coast of North America through tree-ring analysis as well as utilizing remote sensing to observe water quality in the San Francisco Bay. During her undergraduate, she completed internships with the American Museum of Natural History and the NASA Student Airborne Research Program. Prior to coming to UCSB, Annette worked as a science writer for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and successfully published her undergraduate thesis on water quality in MDPI Remote Sensing. She is excited and motivated to conduct research in water resources at Bren. 

Year Admitted

Research Areas
groundwater quantity, groundwater quality, water resource management

Faculty Advisors
Naomi Tague and Arturo Keller


Hilton, A. and Jasechko, S. (2023): Widespread aquifer depressurization after a century of intensive groundwater use in USA. Science Advances., 9 (37).     

Gross, J.; Hilton, A.E.; Prissel, T.; Setera, J.; Korotev, R.L.; Calzada-Diaz, A. (2019): Geochemistry and Petrogenesis of Northwest Africa (NWA) 10401: A new type of the Mg-suite rock? Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

Hilton, A.E.; Bausell, J.T.; Kudela, R.M. Quantification of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Concentration in San Francisco Bay Using Satellite Imagery. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1110.

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