My primary research interests at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) are in the development of subsurface monitoring networks above CO2 enhanced recovery fields and GS sites. I am keenly interested in the processes used to design and implement monitoring networks, as well as the best monitoring parameters (based on magnitude and timing of signal) to use to maximize fluid leak detection. I will complete my thesis research in the Fall of 2013.
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