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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Campbell

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Graduate Student

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research and Background

My research focus is on understanding groundwater resources in a changing climate. I am broadly interested in the intersection of water and energy.

I am currently working on the SWIFT Project (Shale Water Interaction Forensic Tools) under Dr. Laura Lautz, investigating patterns of methane concentrations in domestic wells in the Southern Tier of New York. For 13 months, I worked with homeowners to collect monthly groundwater samples from domestic wells to analyze natural dissolved methane concentrations. This work will give a better picture of background methane concentrations in groundwater without influence from unconventional hydraulic fracturing, which is banned in New York but widespread across the border in Pennsylvania.

I came to S.U. after a wide-ranging career in secondary education. I taught a variety of science classes in Central New York and in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer. Prior to that, I completed a M.S. in Watershed Science at Utah State University where I researched the effect of hydrologic connectivity on nitrate concentrations in a headwater stream where nitrogen deposition is high. My B.S. is in Adolescent Education Earth Science and Earth Science from SUNY Oneonta, where I helped develop a paired convection cell model that is now used by in-service teachers to explain how convection works in the mantle and atmosphere.

Outside of research, I also enjoy running, skiing, triathlons, hiking, and travelling.

Post-Secondary Teaching Experience

EAR 203 Earth System Science (SUPA instructor at a high school for the college course)

EAR 104 Earth Science Laboratory (TA instructor)

EAR 105 Earth Science (TA)

Selected Publications

Campbell, A, LK Lautz, GD Hoke (2017), Assessing how water type, seasonality, and landscape position correlate with variability of methane in shallow groundwater in the Marcellus shale region, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting (poster).

Campbell, A, LK Lautz, GD Hoke, NP Chien, CS Burgess, (2017), Temporal variability of naturally occurring methane in shallow groundwater wells in the Marcellus shale region, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting (poster).

Ebert, JR, NA Elliot, L Hurteau, A Schulz (2004), Modeling convection, The Science Teacher, 71, 7(Sept 2004):48-50.