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2014 NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program Interns

Paul Alessio, California State Long Beach
Science Mentor: Jonathan Stock
Location: San Francisco, California
Project: Hydrologic field studies to improve the forecasting of storm-driven landslides

Bengino Alonzo, Northern Illinois University
Science Mentor: Seth Moran
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Project: Seismic imaging at Mount St. Helens

Nikita Avedivitch, Macalester College
Science Mentor: Stephen DeLong
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Tectonic geomorphology of the Bartlett Springs Fault System in Northern California

Erica Bays, Western Michigan University
Science Mentor: David Walters
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Project: Nutrient retention and productivity in Rocky Mountain streams under alternative stable states

Heather Bervid, University of Washington, Seattle
Science Mentor: James O'Connor
Location: Portland, Oregon
Project: Geomorphology and Quaternary assessment studies along the Willamette and Columbia River corridors

Joseph Biasi, Indiana University
Science Mentor: Scott Minor and Jonathan Caine
Location: Denver, Colorado
Project: Cenozoic landscape evolution and tectonics of Southern Rocky Mountains and Alaska/Yukon geophysical/geological reconciliation

Ben Campanaro, SUNY Binghamton
Science Mentor: Matthew Bachmann
Location: Takoma, Washington
Project: Accessing climate change impacts on Pacific northwest glaciers

Andrew Canada, Sonoma State University
Science Mentor: David Croker and David Oppenheimer
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Network operations of Northern California seismic stations

Joshua DeVore, University of Kentucky
Science Mentor: Scott Bennett
Location: Golden, Colorado
Project: Geologic investigations of active faults in the Basin and Range province

Thomas Doody, University of Maryland, College Park
Science Mentor: Gregory Noe
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: The effects of floodplain geomorphology on nutrient biogeochemistry and water quality

Ciel Elizalde, University of Texas, Arlington
Science Mentor: Paul Hackley
Location: Gulf States
Project: Improved model assessment and development of shale-gas systems in the Gulf Coast Basin

Sydney Gunnarson, Western Washington University
Science Mentor: Cal Ruleman and Shannon Mahan
Location: Denver, Colorado
Project: Utilizing Quaternary geochronology to unravel geomorphic histories

Jason Hallman, University of North Carolina
Science Mentor: Rose Wallick
Location: Portland, Oregon
Project: Quaternary mapping along the Willamette River Corridor, and linking geomorphic features with Pacific lamprey habitat

Melissa Harrington, University of Washington
Science Mentor: Denise Akob
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Microbial degradation of organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing produced waters

Erin Hayes, University of Rochester
Science Mentor: Allen Shapiro
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Transport of contaminants in groundwater

Anna Hissem, Colorado State University
Science Mentor: John Takekawa and Isa Woo
Location: Vallejo, California
Project: Evaluating the spatial and temporal distribution of marine mammals and seabirds off the Northern Pacific Coast

Dylan Jamison, University of Washington, Seattle
Science Mentor: Joan Gomberg
Location: Seattle, Washington
Project: Earthquake early warning modeling studies in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

Michael Jeletic, University of Oregon
Science Mentor: Jennifer Morace
Location: Portland, Oregon
Project: Assessing foodweb resources for juvenile salmonids in the lower Columbia River

Clayton Jernigan, University of Alabama
Science Mentor: Jonathan Glen
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Geophysical studies relating geothermal, mineral, and water resources to natural hazards in the Western U.S.

Genevieve Kidman, Southern Utah University
Science Mentor: Tom Cleasby
Location: Helena, Montana
Project: National rivers and streams assessment survey

Krystal Kiel, Oregon State University
Science Mentor: John Lane
Location: Storrs, Connecticut
Project: Surface and borehole geophysical surveys for hydrologic framework assessment

Talia Klein, Brigham Young University
Science Mentor: William Stephenson
Location: Golden, Colorado
Project: Geophysical investigations of hazardous faults and seismic ground motions for earthquake hazard assessments

Todd Knobbe, University of Arkansas
Science Mentor: Cliff Hupp and Edward Schenk
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Interactions between riparian wetland geomorphology, hydrology and ecology pertaining to ecosystem restoration

Jacob Kolke, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Science Mentor: Jeffrey Chaplin
Location: Pennsylvania
Project: Chemistry of groundwater wells in Pennsylvania counties with contrasting amounts of unconventional shale gas extraction

Christopher Leach, Fort Lewis College
Science Mentor: Thomas Imbrigiotta
Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Project: Fate and transport of biodegrading chlorinated solvent contaminants in fractured-rock aquifers

Natalie Leibovitz, Northeastern Illinois University
Science Mentor: John Nimmo
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Modeling and measurement of unsaturated zone flow processes

Robert McDermott, University of Pittsburgh
Science Mentor: Walter Mooney
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Earthquake hazards studies in the Central and Eastern U.S.

Couler McPhail, SUNY Fredonia
Science Mentor: James Kuwabara
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Benthic nutrient flux of biologically reactive solutes in the headwaters of the Klamath River Basin

Daniel Morel, Macalester College
Science Mentor: Perry Jones
Location: Mounds View, Minnesota
Project: Assessing the influence of natural copper-nickel bedrock on water quality

Monica Mustain, Illinois State University
Science Mentor: Jonathan Glen
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Geophysical studies relating geothermal, mineral, and water resources to natural hazards in the Western U.S.

Tanya Petach, Harvard University
Science Mentor: Geneva Chong
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Project: Plant phenology impacts on migration and fitness of Mule Deer

Alexandra Pickering, San Francisco State University
Science Mentor: Shane Detweiler
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Geological and geophysical studies of the San Andreas Fault system

Ellyn Rickels, Iowa State University
Science Mentor: Tom Cleasby
Location: Helena, Montana
Project: National rivers and streams assessment survey

Lucas Rietmann, Oregon State University
Science Mentor: Michael Lisowski and Benjamin Pauk
Location: Vancouver, Washington and Yellowstone
Project: Geodetic monitoring of Cascade Range Volcanoes and Yellowstone National Park

Timothy Robertson, University of Missouri
Science Mentor: Nancy Simon
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Geochemical analyses of terrestrial input into Upper Klamath Lake

Aaron Salin, University of Texas at Austin
Science Mentor: Carol Prentice
Location: Menlo Park, California
Project: Paleoseismic studies of active faults in Northern California

Tyler Schleider, Oregon State University
Science Mentor: Albert Hofstra
Location: Denver, Colorado
Project: Melt and fluid inclusion analysis for resource studies

Brian Selk, Brigham Young University
Science Mentor: Jeffrey Chaplin
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Project: Nitrates and pesticides in groundwater relating to human health in siliciclastic aquifers

James Smith, Louisiana State University
Science Mentor: Sheila Murphy and Deborah Martin
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Project: Response of Colorado Front Range watershed to fire and flood disturbances

Luke Stevens, Concord University
Science Mentor: Kristen Hart and Michael Cherkiss
Location: Florida
Project: Sea turtle movements and habitat-use, and American crocodile nest monitoring

Kelsey Taylor, Universtiy of Oregon
Science Mentor: Erik Beever
Location: Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Nevada, Oregon
Project: Investigating factors determining the niche of the American pika living in rocky talus slopes

Evan Thaler, University of Arkansas
Science Mentor: Judson Harvey
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Understaning the ecological repurcussions of high flow events in suburban streams

Kara Vadman, Colgate University
Science Mentor: Meagan Eagle Gonnea
Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Project: Impact of nitrogen and sea level rise loading on carbon sequestration in coastal salt marsh ecosystems

Walker Weir, University of California, Santa Cruz
Science Mentor: Craig Johnson and Matthew Emmons
Location: Denver, Colorado
Project: Developing new automated devices and methods for analysis of stable isotopes in geological, hydrological and biological materials

Crystal Wespestad, Indiana University, Bloomington
Science Mentor: Katherine Scharer
Location: Pasadena, California
Project: Earthquake activity and fault slip rates along the southern San Andreas Fault

Jenna West, University of Texas at Arlington
Science Mentor: Kenzie Turner
Location: Denver, Colorado
Project: Cenozoic landscape evolution of the Southern Rocky Mountain Regions

Patrick Whalen, University of Kentucky
Science Mentor: James Vallence
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Project: Geologic mapping and stratigraphic studies at Cascade Volcanoes

Shana Wolff, University of Wyoming
Science Mentor: Ty Coplen
Location: Reston, Virginia
Project: Geographical variation of elemental and isotopic signatures to determine the provenance of Rosewood from Madagascar

Holly Young, Idaho State University
Science Mentor: Ian Jezoreck and Patrick Connolly
Location: Cook, Washington
Project: Restoration assessment of fish population in the Wind River Watershed

 

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