About Me

I am a M.S. student in Earth and Climate Science at the University of Maine, studying geomorphology and sedimentation. My research focuses on using geophysics to study Holocene and post-glacial Late Pleistocene sedimentation in lakes in Maine and more broadly in the northeastern United States. Specifically, I seek to understand three main lines of inquiry:

  • How do lake sedimentation rates vary with watershed setting, glacial and anthropologic history, morphometry, and dam operations?
  • What impact do dams have on the riparian areas of lakes in varied settings in the state of Maine?
  • What effect did regional glacial retreat and periodic readvance have on sediment deposition in lake basins across the state of Maine?

  • As I progress through my research, I hope to post periodic updates to this site.

    I am currently a Master's student first and foremost. I also work with Raspberry Shake as a technical support specialist on their community forum, and am an independent survey contractor for multiple types of geophysical instruments and settings. My clients include e4sciences LLC, Oceaneering International Inc., and the State of Maine. I have many hundreds of hours of experience operating near-shore geophysical equipment including multi-beam, single beam, sidescan, and sub-bottom sonar, as well as magnetometer arrays. I also have extensive experience operating mobile LiDAR and ground-penetrating radar systems on land and water. References are available upon request.

    Previously, I was employed as a geoscientist and engineer at e4sciences LLC, a small geophysical and engineering services firm with a belief in data-based decision making. I was a Field Operations Manager for both marine and land-based geophysics, and was the primary operator of mobile LiDAR data collection and post-processing, the workflow and hardware for which I was partially responsible for developing.

    I graduated with honors in Geosciences from Williams College, and got my start in computer programming as a web software developer and treasurer for Williams Students Online, the college's fully student volunteer-run web services site. I also competed as a varsity athlete for the Division I Nordic ski team at Williams.

    As a scientist and developer, I believe strongly in real-time data collection, processing, decision making, and triggering. Recently that's meant a keen interest in live weather and environmental conditions reporting. I've developed an affinity for RaspberryPi and Arduino instrumentation and have some ongoing side projects using these devices. Several of these are listed on the projects page.

    During the process of earning my bachelor's degree, I became interested in workflow creation for data in GIS and beyond, which has led me to engage in somewhat of a self-motivated language immersion in Python and command-line tools. My own learning for these interests, as is the case with all of my work, is ongoing and constantly self-scrutinized.

    As stated above, references are available upon request. If you're interested in learning more about how I can help you, please contact me.

    Photo: Johanna Eidmann