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Alabama professor looks at challenges to water supply


The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science (MONAS) and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society present “Science Café – Processes and Sources of Nutrient and Contaminants in Coastal Surface Waters and Estuarine Embayments” with guest speaker Geoffrey Tick, Ph.D. 

The Zoom presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, with Tick connecting from the University of Alabama. Send an email to education@las-cruces.org or call 575-522-3120 for a link to the program or go to zoom.us with webinar ID 88115639437.

“Coastal regions worldwide are experiencing severe environmental degradation due to the rapid growth of the human population, associated anthropogenic activities, climate change, overdevelopment of water resources and lack of proper management,” the city said in a news release. During the presentation, participants will explore “recent chemical characterization methods (dual isotopic and forensic geochemistry) used to identify and constrain sources and fate of nitrate in shallow groundwater. Such tools can be tremendously valuable for developing improved water resource management strategies, risk assessments and mitigation/remediation measures,” the city said.

Tick is a contaminant hydrogeologist who completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on understanding the factors and processes influencing the fate and transport of contaminants in soil and groundwater, the city said. He uses this information to develop and evaluate innovative methods for characterization and remediation of subsurface contamination across multiple scales.

MONAS, 411 N. Main St., is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

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