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Marine Science Graduate Program

Thomas Kretzschmar, PhD

Associate Investigator, Geology Department
Centro de Investigacion Cientificas y de EnseƱanza Superior de Ensenada

Dr. Kretzschmar's current research projects involve the hydrogeological and hydrochemical characterization of watersheds in Baja California and Oaxaca. His interests include topics related to the generation of surface water runoff and sediment transport in watersheds with and without anthropogenic impacts and contaminant transport due to anthropogenic impacts.


Ph.D., Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany, Geology

M.Sc., Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany, Geology

B.Sc., Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany, Geology


Scholarly and Creative Work

Kretzschmar has studied the hydrogeochemical development and distribution of hydrochemical parameters of the aquifers supplying Ciudad Juárez with drinking water. He also developed a hydrochemical model for the Bolsón del Hueco aquifer in relation to the environmental necessities of the region. In Baja California, he worked from 2003 to 2007 on a CONACYT project in the Rió Guadalupe watershed, with the aim of sustainable use of local water resources.

Kretzschmar also has five years of experience as a consultant related to the study of old landfills. Current projects related to his interests are being carried out in the US Virgin Islands together with Dr. Sarah Gray from the University of San Diego and in Ciudad Juárez in cooperation with the Instituto Municipal de Investigación y Planeacíon.

Kretzschmar also has served as the coordinator of the graduate program in Earth Sciences at CICESE, where he helped to establish the specialization in environmental geosciences.