Nicole Gotberg is a Principal Geologist based in California with more than 15 years of experience focused on groundwater remediation, hydrogeology, and conceptual site models.
With practical experience serving as a hydrogeology expert witness, Nicole develops conceptual site models and site investigations, designs groundwater extraction wells, aquifer tests, and monitoring networks, and evaluates fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. She manages and contributes technically to complex groundwater projects for private- and public-sector clients, including Caltrans and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. She has contributed to Superfund remediation projects, landfill monitoring projects, and potable groundwater resource projects.
In service to her profession, Nicole presented on hydrogeologic limitations to artificial recharge at the Groundwater Resources Association, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Conference on Groundwater Sustainability Plan Tools. A recognized expert in her field, she has served as an expert witness addressing well interference between supply wells in a fractured rock aquifer and has designed a telemetry transducer system to evaluate changes in migration of a groundwater plume resulting from varying flowrates from a municipal water supply well network. She has conducted research and development evaluating the impacts of leachate extraction and different well construction designs on landfill gas generation, including a cost-benefit analysis for landfill-gas-to-energy production, and is a member of the Geosyntec PFAS practice group. A city council member, Nicole brings her perspective as an elected government official to her interactions with government agencies.