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Alex Schwarz


Hello everyone! My name is Alex, and I am a first-year hydrogeology graduate student. For undergraduate school, I went to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I got a Bachelors of Science in Geology and a Minor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). After that, I moved to Denver as an Intern for the USGS. Out there I worked on a couple of projects: The digitization of mine-related features on topographic maps using GIS and the recording and analysis of legacy core logs with Microsoft Access. Some of my hobbies include gymnastics, playing board games, playing guitar, and just music in general. Feel free to reach out to me through email or attend my office hours if you have any questions about the class or just college in general!

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 (Head Rock Wizard)

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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 an Alumni of Gustavus Adolphus College, St.Peter Minnesota, with B.A.’s in Geology and Environmental Studies Physical Science, Ret. Captain of Rugby Team and Brother of Epsilon Pi Alpha Fraternity. I am a Graduate student within the Hydrogeology Master’s program here at ISU. Few things about me:  I was born and raised in Minnesota, grew up fishing, hunting, backpacking, and being outdoors. I have an older 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.

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.

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