watson2_rsZach Watson; Undergraduate Student

My name is Zachary Thomas Watson. I am about to receive my B.S. in Geosciences after this fall semester. I am interested in hydrogeochemistry, geomorphology and, of course, paleontology. As of now I have received no awards, I plan on presenting my work on Crystal Geyser at the GSA meeting this November in North Carolina. I drive a really sweet brown 1990 Honda Civic EX. Cigarettes and coffee would be at the base of my food pyramid. I love the Grateful Dead almost as much as my mama. I enjoy playing bass, “hittin’ the town”, pondering my existence and arguing.

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Brookfield, WI. Brookfield East High School
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    Senior, December 2012
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    It is close to home, I love my mama.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    My love for nature and the natural sciences. I can’t imagine majoring in anything else.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    Carbon sequestration/hydrology. Carbon sequestration is a method of injecting and storing carbon dioxide in the subsurface.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    Field trips with my classes and paleo-club. We’ve been far and wide, the people and places always make for a great time. Especially when you get a smoking room in the hotel!
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    Yes, too many trips to count. From Beulah to Buffalo and everywhere in between.
  8. watson1_rsHave you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    Yes. I currently work with Dr. Weon Shik Han studying Crystal Geyser in Utah.
  9. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    I’m generally pretty happy and upbeat which allows me to stay motivated. This can be tough when dealing with calculus and physics at the same time. I would also like to thank my Grateful Dead filled iPod.
  10. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    It’s perfect. The size of the department is ideal. We have excellent faculty here that are always willing to help.
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Get involved. Ask questions. Become known. Build a reputation.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    Everything. There are a lot of options for entertainment in this city. While I usually just sit around, at least the potential is there to do something fun and exciting.
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    I plan to become Dr. Han’s masters student studying Crystal Geyser. Soo… more years at UWM. Then either get a job in carbon sequestration or hydrology.

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