Dr. Pretzlav is a geomorphologist and hydrologist, with expertise in quantitative sediment transport, channel evolution/morphology, and flood hydrology. Her environmental and quantitative background is combined with data science experience to thoroughly investigate restoration, flood control, groundwater, and climate change questions, often leveraging large datasets. Other experience includes sediment transport monitoring, bedload tracer studies, and flood flow monitoring. Kealie leads many of the large-scale climate change projects relating to California’s water supply questions, often linked to ecosystem and habitats, as well as groundwater and surface water availability. When she’s not in the office, most likely she’s climbing, hiking, crafting, singing, cooking, or eating.

  • PhD Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • B.A. Applied Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, California, 2009
  • Redwood Creek Feasibility Study, Marin County, California
  • Modeling Pond Hydroperiod for Optimization of Aquatic Habitat, Santa Clara County, California
  • Countywide Gravel and Large Wood Augmentation Program, SCVWD, Santa Clara County California
  • Cal Water Climate Change Impacts for Water Supplies, California
  • Miller Creek Geomorphic Monitoring, Marin County, California
  • Promontory Vineyards Hydrologic Monitoring, Napa County, California
  • City of San Pablo Storm Drain Master Plan, Contra Costa County, California
  • "A New Framework for Modeling Pond Habitat In A Changing Climate: Observed and Modeled Pond Hydroperiods In Central Santa Clara County." B. Hecht, E. Donaldson, K. Pretzlav
  • "Los Padres Dam and Reservoir Alternative and Sediment Management Study." S. Chartrand, K. Pretzlav, T. Mueller, M. Hassan, B. Hecht
  • "Storm Drain Mater Plan Update for the Southwest Dixon Specific Plan Area." K. Pretzlav, E. Ballman
  • "Study of Santa Clara County Steelhead Streams to Identify Priority Locations for Gravel Augmentation and Large Woody Debris Placement Santa Clara County, California." E. Donaldson, B. Hecht, K. Pretzlav
  • "City of San Pablo Storm Drain Master Plan." K. Pretzlav

Working on a diverse set of questions, where the solutions have real impacts for real people.

Climbing, hiking, crafting, singing, cooking, and eating.