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Audrey Sawyer

NSF CAREER Award, 2018

Audrey Sawyer, assistant professor of earth sciences, has been awarded a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her work on water table fluctuations, which influence the transport of nutrients and contaminants between soils, groundwater and surface water.

The NSF CAREER Program offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Sawyer’s award will enable her to study how groundwater chemistry evolves in response to water table fluctuations over a range of timescales.

Results will improve our understanding of dynamic changes in both groundwater and river water quality and the management of these vital water resources. This project will also introduce a broad audience of citizens and future scientists to dynamic surface water-groundwater interactions through the creation of a hands-on outdoor laboratory facility and museum exhibit.