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Three UW-Eau Claire Students Recognized
By Wisconsin Ground Water Association

RELEASED: April 17, 2008

Crystal Nickel
Herald Schulz and Taylor Crist
Crystal Nickel (top photo), Herald Schulz and Taylor Crist with their winning research posters at the Wisconsin Ground Water Association meeting.

EAU CLAIRE — Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire geology majors won first and second place awards for their research at the annual Wisconsin Ground Water Association meeting in Brookfield.

Junior Crystal Nickel, Lake Mills, won first place for her poster, "Vadose Zone Characterization Using Ground Penetrating Radar Groundwaves," with faculty mentor Dr. Katherine Grote.

The research explores the potential of ground penetrating radar for creating a three-dimensional image of soil water content, according to researchers. The results of the research will aid in allocating water resources more efficiently and reducing water pollution from pesticides and fertilizers, they said.

Sophomore Taylor Crist, Eau Claire, and senior Herald Schulz, Seymour, won second place for their poster, "Monitoring Near-Surface Soil Water Content Using Air-Launched GPR Techniques," with faculty mentor Grote.

The students said their research focuses on the potential of air-launched GPR techniques for rapid, high-resolution water content estimation on a regional scale. These estimates are important inputs to models predicting climate change and can also be used in agricultural or infrastructure construction projects, they said.

"It is great to be able to work with such talented and dedicated students," said Grote. "I am very proud of Taylor, Crystal, and Herald for their research efforts and their presentation of the results."

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