Collaboration and synergies between the Department of Geology and the ISGS: Current status and potential enhancements

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Room 439, Natural Resources Building

Dr. Thomas Johnson (Professor and Head, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


The UIUC Department of Geology and the Illinois State Geological Survey have a long history of productive collaborations.  The two groups have complementary strengths that provide important synergies and opportunities for both entities to do more than they could individually.  Although there are minor barriers that hinder collaborative work, these can be navigated well if one knows what to expect.  Probably the most important task for us all is to maintain channels of communication, find areas where we share interests, and identify important scientific problems that can be addressed via collaborative projects.  It’s likely there are good opportunities that require both sides to stretch a bit, think outside the box, and try things that carry some risk.  There will be plenty of time for discussion, so please come prepared with your ideas and suggestions. 

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About the speaker

Dr. Johnson has been at Illinois in the Department of Geology for over 22 years, and has served as department head for almost eight years.  His research interests lie in water quality studies, stable isotope geochemistry, and the development of novel “heavy stable isotope” measurements to trace contaminant sources and detect chemical reactions that control contaminant mobility and impact.