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The hydrogeology field camp is usually taught by two faculty members, a research scientist, and two TAs from the 
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, as well as by guest lecturers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Minnesota Geological Survey.  As a result the instructor to student ratio for a course of about 30 students is approximately 1/6 (i.e., 6 or less students per instructor). Where else do you have almost 24-7-access to that many hydro(geo)logy experts and teachers for 3 weeks? Your chance to ask lots of questions.

Scott Alexander
Research Scientist and Hydrocamp coordinator

Scott is the main logistics expert of our hydrocamp. He makes sure all instruments are working and are ready to go when students need them. He is also designing, teaching, and grading several exercises, and keeps the hydrocamp on track. His research area of expertise covers a wide range and includes chemical and biological hydro(geo)logy, health and environmental issues in hydrology, and much more.



Peter Kang
Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology

Peter's research focuses on the physics of flow and reactive transport in porous and fractured media. Peter's research group combines theory, high-performance numerical simulation, and visual laboratory experiments to understand how the coupling between multiple processes such as biogeochemical, thermal, and mechanical processes controls fluid flow and reactive transport across scales: from pore to fracture to field scale.


Crystal Ng
Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology

Crystal's research looks at how various aspects of the hydrologic cycle interact with each other, including groundwater, soil, climate, vegetation, and biogeochemical processes. Her work uses numerical models to represent the complex links among these different components, as well as statistical methods that incorporate data (mostly field observations) to calibrate models and quantify their uncertainty. She is interested in how models and data can address problems related to water resources availability, groundwater contamination, climate change impacts, and ecological vulnerabilities.



Jordan Mayer
Jordan works in the Water Wells section of the Minnesota Geological Survey. He works to help maintain The County Well Index as well as collecting and assembling data for the County Geologic Atlas Mapping projects at the MGS. He will provide lessons on borehole geophysics as well as other topics at camp. His interests are in surface-groundwater interactions as well as how climate change is impacting the hydrological cycle.  
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