William Andrews

From Stillwater, Oklahoma. Earned my undergraduate BSc in Geology at Oklahoma State University with minor in geography. 4 years of undergratuate geochemical research, mainly with isotopes. Avid outdoorsman with extensive experience with camping, road travel and freshwater fishing all across the lower 48.

Dawit Asfaw

Dawit Wolday has 5 years of experience in mineral exploration mainly engaged in prospecting for gold and base metals and has been involved in mineral exploration project; field work planning, reconnaissance survey, follow up works and detailed exploration programs. In addition, he has been working as hydrogeologist supervising water well drilling programs aimed at providing water supply for the future potash mining in the Afar depression. He has also worked as Higher Education specialist for Strengthening Education for Mining (STEM) project aimed at improving the quality of undergraduate Earth Science and Mining Engineering programs at selected Higher Education Institutions in Ethiopia.  
He has BSc in Applied Geology and has completed MSc coursework in Geological Engineering at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.  

Jeremy Babin

Jeremy is a second year Hydrogeology graduate student and received his B.S. in Geology from ISU last spring. He currently works for the City of Bloomington processing water quality data and patrolling Lake Bloomington,  has previously had an internship at an environmental consulting company (PDC Tech in Peoria), and has helped process rock, sediment, and water samples for professors and grad students. His thesis aims to examine the transportation of microplastics in surface environments.

Patience Bosompemaa

Patience received her B.S and Mphil from University of Ghana in Geology in 2011 and 2015 respectively. She worked with the Ghana Geological Survey Authority for 2 years as an assistant geologist and Global Community for a year as a Hydrogeologist. Her work mainly focused on geological field mapping, borehole drilling, and interpretation of geologic data and review of hydrogeological reports.

Ethan Conley

Ethan is a first year Hydrogeology graduate student from Albuquerque, NM. He attended Beloit College where he graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Geology and a minor in History. Ethan also worked as an intern for Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants in Buffalo, WY for two summers during his undergraduate years. He is looking forward to pursuing his research interests in karst hydrogeology while at ISU.

Abigail Heath

Abigail is a first year Hydrogeology graduate student from New England.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from Louisiana State University where she defended her undergraduate thesis on the effects of bioturbation on radiocarbon dating in Antarctic ocean sediments.  She has also interned with the NH Department of Environmental Services and worked as a field technician in the private sector.  Abigail’s research interests are in water quality from a drinking water and general environmental impact standpoint and she is looking forward to exploring these interests with the Illinois State University Hydrogeology program this year.s.

Preston Konop (Head Rock Wizard)

Preston is a second-year graduate student who hails from Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Preston is interested in water management and the effects of industry and agriculture on ground and surface waters.

Caitlin Noseworthy (Head Rock Wizard)

Caitlin is a first year graduate student from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received a B.S. in geology and a minor in history from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Caitlin does not currently have a thesis topic, but is interested in the role how climate change and anthropogenic events are affecting water supply.

Geno Persico

Geno Persico is a first year hydrogeology graduate student from Plainfield, IL. He did his undergraduate studies at Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a B.S. in Geology, a B.S. in Geography, and with two minors in G.I.S. and Earth Systems. Geno is a first year TA with the department and looks forward to engaging and teaching undergraduates about the field of geology. He is very interested and eager to study the environmental aspect of geology with emphasis in water management and remediation during his time here at ISU.

Osahon Ukpebor

My name is Osahon Ukpebor, I graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria with B.sc in Geology. After graduating, I worked with a construction firm as a field Geologist using geophysical method to probe the subsurface. I am currently pursing a master's degree in Hydrogeology at ISU. For my thesis, I am currently working on "Characterizing Ground Water Storage Trend in Aquifer Basin in West Central Africa Using Grace Satellite Data".   

Jackson Wassik

From Connecticut. Went to Union College in New York where I received my bachelors in Geology. I studied organic carbon transport in rivers from watersheds differing in geology. My interests lie in geochemical transport and contamination into ground and surface water.

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