How does groundwater interact with surface water and surface ecosystems? How can the many types and forms of groundwater pollution be visualized? This presentation will show some of the real or potential impacts of drought and climate change and how groundwater may be better managed in the future. "It may look like an Ant Farm, but there are really no ants in this demonstration!"

Speaker Bios

Dr. Andy Tompson

Andrew F. B. Tompson is a hydrologist in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and recently served as leader of the Hydrologic Sciences Group between 2002 and 2008. His work has addressed integrated groundwater supply, groundwater contamination, and reservoir engineering problems, with recent efforts in pollution of systems affected by nuclear testing, groundwater availability in arid environments, aquifer storage and recovery, geothermal energy evaluation, and hydrologic impacts from regional climate change. He has also participated in broad based scientific and technical educational activities relating to water supply and pollution problems in California, the American West, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Central Asia. He received an BS from Brown University in 1980, a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985, and spent two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral associate before moving to Livermore in 1986..

Erin McKay

Erin M. McKay is a Biology teacher at Tracy High School in Tracy, CA. She received her BS in Biology with an emphasis in Plant biology in 2001 and her Science teaching credential in 2002 from University of California Davis.  While attending UC Davis she interned at a small startup, AgraQuest, in their microbiology department. After finishing her education, she began teaching at Tracy high in 2002, and began participating in Lawrence Livermore National Lab's Teacher Research Academy. As of the summer of 2011, she and three other west coast teachers began collaborating with Rutgers University's Waksman Institute's student scholar program.  This program trains teachers and students how to do genuine Molecular Biology research in the classroom.  In the summer of 2012, Erin helped organize and instruct the student scholar program at Lawrence Livermore Lab's Teacher Research Academy.