Geology student Laura Kelley wins top honors at EKU UP Showcase

Laura Kelley and Dr. Jon Malzone

Congratulations to geology student Laura Kelley. Her poster won top honors (1st place for undergraduate research) at the EKU UP Showcase in April. She and her faculty advisor, Dr. Jon Malzone, mapped and quantified groundwater and surface water flows at Meadowbrook Farm in order to understand the timing and distribution of nutrient contamination. Laura spent much time in the field measuring the flows between certain sections of Muddy Creek in order to calculate the amount of groundwater entering and exiting the stream at different times. From her calculations, she and Dr. Malzone constructed a conceptual model indicating that Muddy Creek loses water to groundwater recharge and that surface flow is sustained by local runoff. 

Published on May 19, 2017

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