Chloé Fandel to lead project funded by the Keck Geology Consortium

25 March 2024
Fandel profile

Chloé Fandel, assistant professor of geology, has received funding from the Keck Geology Consortium to conduct a survey of springs in southeastern Minnesota during summer 2024. Prof. Fandel’s project “A synoptic survey of springs in the Driftless Area of Minnesota to identify spatial patterns in groundwater quality,” will engage five undergraduate students and one near-peer mentor in several weeks of fieldwork during the late summer dry period. Students will conduct a synoptic survey of springs across the region, with the goal of identifying key controls of groundwater quality. They will also collect water samples to determine groundwater age and provenance. The results of this survey will be of interest to many, including drinking water quality managers, farmers, cultural and ecological preservation and advocacy organizations, among others.

The Keck Geology Consortium is composed of 13 liberal arts colleges across the nation and is currently administered through Macalester College. The consortium receives support from the National Science Foundation’s EAR Division; this funding enables the consortium to support a number of summer student researchers through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.