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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801
Graduation Date: May 2016
Masters of Science Hydrology
GPA: 3.650
Susquehanna University
Bachelors of Science Earth and Environmental Science
514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Minor: Biochemistry
Graduated: May 2013
GPA: 3.643
Graduated with Research Honors
Recipient of the P. Lynn Mangle Award for an Outstanding Student in Earth and Environmental Science
University of Wollongong
Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
Semester Abroad
Spring 2012
Research Assistant
Fall 2013 to Spring 2016
Project: Sorption characterization of arsenic and chromium to soils containing pyrogenic black
carbon in watersheds affected by wildfires
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Research Assistant to Dr. Daniel Cadol
 The project’s purpose was to study the sorption properties of pyrogenic black carbon (PyC), formed
during forest fires in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM. We also looked at the sorption
properties of soils containing PyC and how they can sequester naturally occurring metal
 Batch equilibrium analysis paired with ICP-MS was used to determine the sorption capacity of black
carbon found in recently burned soils.
 It was found that PyC in soils had a relatively high sorption capacity for chromium, but not arsenic.
We fit a linear isotherm to arsenic and chromium sorption to our soils.
Laboratory Technician
Winter 2015/2016
Project: Sulfide Reaction Rates in Seawater: Implications to Submarine and Intertidal Zone Tailings
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Supervisor: Dr. Ingar Walder
 Performed laboratory experiments for a geochemistry PhD student during the winter break.
 Measured pH, Eh, conductivity, and TDS.
 Performed titrations on samples to measure alkalinity.
Laboratory Technician
Fall 2015
Project: Aeolian Transport of Dust Born Uranium Project
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology & New Mexico Bureau of Geology
Supervisor: Bonnie Frey
 Used microwave soil digestion coupled with ICP-MS analysis to determine the Uranium content in
 Set up lab experiments for soil digestions, which included sieving and grinding soil samples.
 Instructed lead graduate student on the use of ICP-MS for project.
Laboratory Technician
Fall 2015
Project: Determining Temperature Profiles of Snow Pack Using DTS Cable
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Supervisor: Dr. Jesus Gomez-Velez
 Helped design DTS cable configuration to determine temperature profiles of snow pack.
 Set up DTS cable design and helped with troubleshooting and cable maintenance.
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Teaching Assistant
Project: ERTH 440 Hydrological Theory and Field Methods
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
 Set up hydrology laboratory experiments and field experiments.
 Graded laboratory reports.
 Lead lab discussions and help students with lab materials.
Fall 2015
Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Cadol
STEM Communication Fellow
Fall 2013 to Spring 2014 & Summer 2015
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - Writing Center
Supervisor: Dr. Steve Simpson
 Review of student papers, theses, dissertations, statements of purpose, and resumes.
 Providing feedback on oral presentations, such as thesis or dissertation defenses or conference talks.
 Present writing and oral presentation workshops.
Research Assistant
Summer 2011 to Fall 2012
Project: Middle Creek Water Quality Using Physical and Chemical Approaches
Susquehanna University
Research Assistant to Dr. Ahmed Lachhab
 Prepared and analyzed water samples from the Susquehanna River and Middle Creek using a
Dionex 2000 Ion Chromatography System.
 Fieldwork included sample taking and assessment in the Susquehanna River Watershed.
 Performed additional fieldwork to research acid mine drainage.
 Prepared presentation and presentation materials based on research for the Landmark Summer
Research Conference Symposiums 2011 and 2012, as well as for the Pennsylvania Academy of
Science Research Conference 2012.
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
June to August 2010
1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401
Title: Visitor Center Docent
 Provided tours for the public and VIPs, including state governors and other officials.
 Prepared a training presentation on “Water Scarcity in the Western Region”.
 Coordinated and setup educational displays, staffed the Visitor’s Center Book Store, and answered
visitors’ questions.
 Knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques: performed experiments as a lab technician for multiple
 Advanced knowledge of an Agilent 7900 ICP MS and Dionex 2000 Ion Chromatography System.
 Basic knowledge of HECRAS and HECHMS
 Excellent technical writing skills: As a NMT Writing Center Tutor and wrote grant proposals for GSA
and NMGS, which were both accepted.
June 2010
Urubamba, Peru
 Many of the homes have wood burning stoves that emit smoke into the houses, which is detrimental
to health. This project built stoves with chimneys to direct smoke outside the home. My tasks included
installation of clean burning stoves to promote healthier living in various small Peruvian villages.
Geological Society of America (GSA)
New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS)
Presenter at American Geophysical Union Conference
Sorption Properties of Black Carbon in Post Fire Watersheds
Awarded Spring 2014
Awarded Spring 2014
Fall 2014
Poster Presentation
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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Master’s Courses
ERTH 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems
HYD 532 Vadose Zone Dynamics
ERTH 440 Hydrological Theory and Field Methods
HYD 533 Runoff and Flood Processes
ERTH 441 Hydrogeology
HYD 542 Hillslope Hydrology
ERTH 442 Vadose Zone Processes
HYD 544 Groundwater Remediation
HYD 507 Hydrogeochemistry
HYD 547 Hydrological Modeling
HYD 508 Flow and Transport in Hydrological Systems HYD 558 Environmental Tracers in Hydrology
HYD 510 Quantitative Methods in Hydrology
Geological Society of America Member
New Mexico Geological Society Member
American Geophysical Union Member
Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society for Earth Sciences
2010 to 2013
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