I will be working for the GCCC in Austin this summer as I continues to pursue the successful completion of my Master's thesis on developing groundwater-monitoring networks above CO2-EOR sites.
My primary research interests at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) are in carbon sequestration, and the mechanisms of fluid, specifically CO2 and water, interactions in the subsurface. From my previous experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I have also developed a keen interest in the process to design, layout and implement subsurface monitoring networks to measure and track these interactions.
I am currently working with Dr. Sue Hovorka, Dr. Brad Wolaver and other researchers at the GCCC on developing comprehensive groundwater monitoring well networks at CO2 – Enhanced Oil Recovery fields in Texas.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (July 2008-July 2011)
• Worked in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program in Washington D.C.
• Team member that developed, wrote, and edited numerous technical and non-technical sections of the Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) wells.
James Madison University
• B.S. Geology and Environmental Science, 2008, with Distinction, Cum Laude
• Completed Undergraduate research thesis on Subsurface Stratigraphy and Aqueous Geochemistry as Indicators of Hydrology in Beach-Ridge Complexes: A Case Study from the Upper Great Lakes