Abigail is a second 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.
Alhassan is a first year Hydrogeology graduate student from Ghana. He attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana where he obtained BSc. Geological Engineering. His undergraduate research was on how the Geotechnical characteristics of lateritic base materials change with time when loads are applied to them. Alhassan also worked as a student intern at B.Ali Geo Consult where he took part in the Geophysical Exploration for groundwater, supervision of borehole drilling, pumping tests, and water quality analysis. He is currently doing research on the use of a tracer test to determine the fate and transport of nitrate in a saturated buffer zone.
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.
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.
Ethan is a second 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.
Jerome Komas (Jerry) is from Muskego, Wisconsin and earned my B.S. in Geology from St. Norbert College. He is a first year Hydrogeology Masters Program student, with interest in surface water processes. He grew up around water, sailing since four years old. Other interest include automotive repair and fabrication, as well as road trips.
Geno Persico (Head Rock Wizard 001)
Geno Persico is a second 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.
Jackson Wassik (Co-Head Rock Wizard 002)
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.
Mike Sell is a first-year hydrogeology graduate student from Park Ridge, IL. He completed his undergraduate degree and received a B.A. in Geology at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. His interests in geology consist of extraction of natural resources, water management, and mineral exploration. Currently, his thesis research is utilizing 3-D geologic modeling to test storage of sequestered CO2 in an aquifer.
I am Olaoluwa Oladuji a current first year graduate student in Hydrogeology, i have a bachelor's degree in Geology from Ekiti State University Nigeria, My research interest focuses on Hyrogeology.
William Andrews (Co-Head Rock Wizard 002)
From Stillwater, Oklahoma. Earned my undergraduate BSc in Geology at Oklahoma State University with minor in geography. 4 years of undergraduate geochemical research, mainly with isotopes. Avid outdoorsman with extensive experience with camping, road travel and freshwater fishing all across the lower 48.