Wrapping up the Summer and a Look Ahead

My research for the summer is now coming to a close, and I have now created an ocean of data to swim through. And, I’m finding, the process of research isn’t so much about answering questions as much as asking questions. Which can be really frustrating at times, when the questions really pile up. Learning to ask one simple, answerable question at a time is something I am very much still working on.

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2013; A Wet Summer to Study Drought

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My last post was an introduction to the Jamestown Colony, what I do when I am out there, and some pictures. This post, I’d like to talk a bit about the progress I have made so far this summer and what major questions I have remaining.

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Hydrogeology Research: Thirsty Work

The past few weeks have been my first as a full-time researcher, and I have learned a lot about my project and about myself. The unstructured nature of research is so radically different than classes that at first I was frustrated by the slow pace at which I seemed to be making progress. I’m learning that the truth is, if you are doing sound research and digging into making sense of your data, it takes a while. I unrealistically believed I could knock down a major research question a week for the summer. The reality is that some weeks, all you do is raise more questions.

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Tidal River-Aquifer Salinity Communication and its Implications for Drinking Water Quality in Jamestown, Virginia

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My name is Phillip and I am a soon-to-be senior at the College. I’m a geology major and chemistry minor. For many, a geology degreeĀ bringsĀ up images of hard-rock petrology, structural geology, mineralogy, oil exploration, etc. While I find these interesting and they make up a lot of my coursework, the sub-field with in geology that has interested me most so far is hydrology, or the study of the movement, distribution, and character of water on our planet. This summer will be my first here in Williamsburg; I’m excited to be able to focus on research with out having to divide my time between other courses, and to dive deep into studying particular research questions for a full 8 weeks.

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