Assistant Director, Colorado Plateau Analytical Laboratory
Northern Arizona University
B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University (2003)
In progress: M. E. in Water Resources Engineering from Northern Arizona
University (2014, anticipated)
Ben manages the Environmental Analysis portion of the lab, which
consists of atomic absorption, ion chromatography, gas chromatography, and
spectrophotometry. In the Colorado Plateau Stable Isotope portion of the lab,
Ben is responsible for isotope analysis of nitrate in water, dissolved carbon
in water, and carbonates, along with database management and invoicing.
Other achievements, honors, awards
Member of the Northern Arizona University Chapter of Engineers Without
Borders (EWB) USA, Vice President 2007/2008, President 2008/2009.
Traveled to Ghana, West Africa in July of 2007 with EWB to analyze
water samples and assess the drinking water needs of a rural community.
Workshop coordinator for EWB Mountain Regional Workshop, October 2009.
Undergraduate research experience compiling geologic maps, drawing
cross sections, and creating fault budgets to study faulting and extension of
the southwest corner of the Colorado Plateau; poster presented at the
Geological Society of America, May 2003 Rocky Mountain Section Meeting in
Passed the NCEES “Fundamentals of Engineering Exam,” Environmental
Engineering Emphasis, October, 2011.
Big-picture career goal
Ben is interested in comprehensive water management. As communities
grow and develop, the demand for clean fresh water increases. Resource options
may include new reservoirs, wells, conservation, treatment of polluted sources,
or a combination of all of these. Ben would like to help identify the best
possible solution, taking into consideration cost, sustainability, and impact
on surrounding communities and the environment.
Ben enjoys hiking, running, camping, backpacking, music, and traveling.
Analysis of d15N-NO3 and d18O-NO3 in water samples and soil extracts
for multiple projects.
Dissolved carbon stable isotope analysis for multiple projects.
Development of techniques for identifying and
quantifying water soluble organic compounds using liquid chromatography / mass