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Carla A. Valdes

Carla A. Valdes

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Utah

Greater Salt Lake City Area

Graduate Research Assistant at University of Utah

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University of Utah

Graduate Research Assistant

My research focused on concentrations of mercury and other trace metals in brine and biota of the Great Salt Lake, as well as sediment from nearby wetlands. This experience allowed me to plan and organize sampling campaigns, preserve and process samples, and analyze my data using Microsoft Excel and R. I also gave an oral presentation and a poster presentation of my research at the annual meetings for the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, respectively. These presentations allowed me to practice communicating aspects of my project to experts and receiving valuable feedback in return.

My research group was hired by a local NGO, the Friends of the Great Salt Lake (FoGSL), as Technical Advisors for the nearby US Magnesium Superfund Site. We performed an extensive literature review of the site investigation and legal documents. Our team created a series of presentations from these documents in order to educate members of the NGO and the general public about potential environmental concerns. Additionally, we communicated with the EPA, FoGSL, and concerned members of the public about the Superfund process and remediation plans

Teaching assistant (TA) for Solute Transport and Subsurface Remediation (Geo 6930) for Spring 2016