Tuesday through Saturday
10am to 6pm
Hydrogeologist and Research Professor at Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Technological University, Butte.
"A background in farming and ranching can help you, as a scientist, accurately identify the research needs of rural Montanans."
I grew up next to a forested creek valley, and I spent a lot of time exploring with my sister and dogs. In high school I really liked math and physics, so I majored in physics in college and minored in math and geology. After college, I joined the Peace Corps and lived in Ghana, West Africa where I learned the true value of water (and many other things). Upon returning to the US, I received a graduate degree that would lead to a career in applied research in support of protecting groundwater - low temperature aqueous geochemistry. That mouthful really just means "groundwater quality".
Now I work with water-users in Montana's Powder River Basin, like irrigators, homeowners on a domestic well, and ranchers who need water for their stock. I design a study to address their questions and usually write a grant to fund it. After I've gathered the groundwater and surface-water data, I present the infromation in a variety of formats including presentations, pamphlets, and scientific reports.
Understanding the science is just the beginning. Public speaking and writing courses are also extremely valuable to a career in the sciences.