Darrell Kundargi

Hydrologist
Regional Office, Albuquerque
Phone: 505-248-6430
Email: Darrell_Kundargi at fws.gov

“A bad day in the field is better than a good day in the office!”

Current Projects:
I run the Refuge Water Resources I&M network for the Southwest Region. The primary focus of the network is protecting Refuge water rights by measuring water use. Water quality is also measured at targeted Refuges with specific water quality concerns. There are several shallow groundwater monitoring networks in place that serve several functions, including: 1) characterizing Refuge groundwater dynamics; 2) pre and post restoration treatment effects on shallow groundwater; and 3) determining which vegetation type is most suitable for planting based on depth to groundwater. Additionally, I have several projects focused on encouraging youth to become engaged in the natural world and to enter careers in the natural resource sciences.

Previous Projects:
Pueblo of San Felipe, NM. Water Resources Specialist. Developed water quality monitoring protocols and restoration treatment monitoring.
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Research Intern. Studied the water quality effects of cattle grazing on a montane stream.

Education:
M.S., 2005, University of New Mexico, Water Resources
B.S., 1995, University of California, Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies

Scientific Interests:
Field monitoring of water resources.

Other interests:
My absolute favorite thing in the world is taking my two sons out into nature and encouraging them to discover the natural world on their own. I also have a passion for the adrenaline sports, including snowboarding, skiing, rafting, bombing hills on a longboard, hunting, fishing, martial arts…basically anything fun I can do with my sons. And music, I love live music, especially bands with funky beats and/or fuzzed out heavy guitar rock.

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