Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
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I am a research hydrogeologist. I have been at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, UW-Extension, since 1982, and currently lead the Survey’s Water and Environmental program.
I completed my PhD in Hydrogeology at UW-Madison in 1982, as the second PhD student advised by Dr. Mary Anderson. My dissertation project involved quantifying groundwater flow into Lake Michigan and Green Bay, and I was able to spend time doing very enjoyable field work in Door County, WI. I discovered that the fractured Silurian dolomite there offers unique challenges and opportunities for research, and that work has stimulated my research path ever since, focusing on fractured rock, regional groundwater flow, and groundwater protection. Prior to coming to Wisconsin I earned my bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s from Indiana University, both in Geology. At Indiana I focused on geomorphology, soils, and surface water studies and worked with Dr. Robert Ruhe.
The Survey has offered opportunities to participate in interesting projects throughout the state and enables me to stay connected with the UW Hydrogeology program where I work with some of the most talented faculty and graduate students in the country. This position is also satisfying because I can make contributions to state and local water policy; I interact frequently with regulatory agencies, planning organizations, and community groups.
Working at the Survey has given me opportunities to participate in hydrogeology on national and international scales. I have served on the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board and on National Advisory Committees to the USGS. I have been able to lecture and teach in many places across the US and also in foreign countries, including Ireland and Latvia. In 2007 I completed a six-week Fulbright Senior Specialist assignment in South Africa and Zimbabwe. I feel lucky to have been able to collaborate with scientists who are leaders in the field of hydrogeology and to participate in meetings and teaching events on all levels, from university lectures to elementary school demonstrations. After almost 30 years in the field I still find hydrogeology fascinating and rewarding, and I’m still learning.