Aminat Abdulsalam


I'm Abdulsalam Aminat but you can call me Amina. I am from Nigeria where I finished from the department of Applied Geology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. I'm a first-year graduate student and I'm generally interested in Water Science.

Benedicta Akrofi


Hello there! I go by the name Benedicta Karl Akrofi. I am a Ghanaian with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana. My interest lies broadly in Hydrogeology, more specifically, in groundwater quality and sustainability.

Efobo Oghenevwede

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Efobo Oghenevwede is a first year Hydrogeology graduate student from Nigeria. He attended Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Geology. He has worked as a Geologist at Morgan-T Associates and DSR Investment Ltd with duties which include groundwater monitoring and sampling for EIA projects, supervision of borehole drilling, well installation, and sampling of surface water, groundwater, and soils. His research interest is on surface water-groundwater interactions. 

Andrew Dooley


Hello all, I'm Andrew Dooley, I am a recent Alumni of Gustavus Adolphus College, St.Peter Minnesota. I was a double major in Geology and Environmental Studies with a focus in Physical Science, Captain of Rugby team and Brother of Epsilon Pi Alpha Fraternity. I am now a Graduate student within the Hydrogeology program at ISU. Few things about me:  I was born and raised in Minnesota, grew up fishing, hunting, backpacking, and being outdoors. I have a 10 year old Golden Retriever named PJ (Percy Jackson - not PJ Fleck!), I enjoy reading and exercise, if I could travel to any place in the world I would visit the Fjords in the Nordic Peninsula. I never take for granite a good rock pun and hope to see you around this school year and answer any inquiries you have about our planet, geologic history, or how cold Minnesota is! 

Okiemute Commander


Okiemute Commander is a second-year student in the MS Hydrogeology program. He is from Delta State, Nigeria and obtained his bachelors degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka. Okiemute has previously worked at the Ministry of Water Resources, Bayelsa State as a assistant hydrogeologist and taught high school kids Geography for six years. He is interested in surface and groundwater interactions, groundwater quality and groundwater contamination. His thesis is titled "assessment of spatial and temporal variations of chloride concentration in an agricultural tile-drained area in Central Illinois". Okiemute likes sports especially soccer and table tennis.

Youmi Hong


Youmi Hong ("Elisa")  is a first-year graduate student. Earned a B.S. degree in geology from Oklahoma State university with a minor in mathematics and geography.

Primarily interested in groundwater and the extraction of groundwater, along with water management. Random hobbies include sewing, watercolors, and games.

Olaoluwa David Oladuji (Head Rock Wizard)


Olaoluwa David Oladuji is a first-year graduate student in Hydrogeology , I am from Southwestern Nigeria, I completed my bachelor's degree in Geology from Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti Nigeria, I am a First year Teaching Assistant , my research interest lies broadly in Hydrogeology and my research will be focusing on variables driving Nitrates trends in some major Illinois watersheds. 

Emeka Nsude

  • Hi, I am Emeka Nsude. I am a second year MS Hydrogeology student. I have a BS Geology from the University of Nigeria and a MSc Reservoir Evaluation and Management from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. My research interest is in groundwater modeling to understand fate and transport of nitrate in saturated buffer zone.

Gracie Stevens

  • Hi, I’m Gracie Stevens. I am a senior geology major here at ISU and am president of the ISU Geology Club. I spent my summer mapping in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and collecting samples for research on the Markagunt gravity slide in Utah. Outside of geology, I enjoy spending time in the nature where I grew up in northern Wisconsin, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, and snowmobiling. Although I’m from Wisconsin, I love Chicago sports and will talk Bears and Blackhawks anytime.