Category Archives: Geoscience

May 15, 2015

Water Quality Monitoring at Tryon Creek Watershed

Monthly E.coli results by station
As a volunteer with the Tryon Creek water quality monitoring program, I recently had the opportunity to go through and analyze the data that has been collected. With the help of a few fellow volunteers, we created a poster summarizing the data and presented it at the 2015 State of the Watershed event held at the Tryon Creek State Park Visitor Center. Below is a summary of the information that we presented at the event.

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April 29, 2015

Who Owns Water Film Review

I recently attended the Water Research Symposium at Oregon State University. The event featured a lot of great presentations and also included a screening of the film Who Owns Water. The full film can be purchased from Vimeo here.

In the documentary Who Owns Water, David and Michael Hanson set off on a month long canoe trip through the entire Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint (ACF) river basin located in the southeastern United States. David, who was born and raised in the Atlanta area, is a photographer and film producer that wanted to raise awareness about the water issues that are currently facing the ACF river basin. Unlike other documentaries focused on water related issues, the film did a great job of staying balanced. The film did not appear to have a specific agenda other than to raise awareness about water resources and to get people to start paying more attention to where their water comes from.

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March 9, 2015

Mount St. Helens: 2015 Snowpack Comparison

The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August.

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August 25, 2014

North Cascade Glacier Climate Project 2014

I recently spent two and a half weeks working as a glacier field assistant for the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project. Over the course of the field season, we backpacked around various glaciers in remote areas of the North Cascades. Overall, we logged over 100 miles and 30,000+ feet of elevation gain. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot about field methods, snow, and glaciers.

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February 28, 2014

The Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Southwestern United States

Figure 1. Observed drought trends in the United States. (EPA, n.d.)

This article was a project for an undergraduate course in atmospheric sciences.

One of the hottest scientific topics in recent history is climate change. As a result of human activities such as deforestation and fossil fuel consumption, the concentrations of various greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased dramatically over the past few decades. The increase in atmospheric concentration is especially true for carbon dioxide, one of the most abundant greenhouse gases found in the atmosphere. As a result of the increase in greenhouse gases, the surface temperature of our planet has been steadily increasing. This warming trend is projected to continue into the future even if drastic changes in human emissions are implemented today.

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September 26, 2013

Back From Geology Field Camp


I recently spent two weeks down in eastern California completing a geology field course. The course was a requirement for an earth sciences degree and introduced me to various field methods. The best part of the trip was spending each day in the field in one of the coolest places in the county. The White Mountains and Sierra Nevada were incredible.

Creating geological maps and cross sections was really challenging but also rewarding. I think I learned more in the field in two weeks than I did all of last school year. We also got to take a side trip to Yosemite as well as the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

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