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Annelia Tinklenberg '03

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

I took Intro Geology my sophomore year as a science requirement for Env. Sciences and I was hooked. I found the levels of detail and ranges of scale in geology fascinating.

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

I think the Geol, Geog, and Env Studies Dept. has the most caring and dedicated group of professors at Calvin. My fondest memories of the dept. are studying rock samples, bones and fossils, or minerology slides for HOURS with other students! And, of course, the couch in the lounge. I will also always remember sand dune research with Prof. van Dijk.

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

Calvin's academic standards have definately prepared me for both grad school and my work. The writing requirements by Calvin professors also have prepared me for all of the science and policy based writing that I have to do now.

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

I had an internship with the Forest Service, working in oil and gas permitting and environmental regulations, for 4 months. I am now in my final year of graduate school at the University of New Mexico getting my degree in Water Resource Management. My thesis work is concerned with the transboundary water management issues on the US-Mexico border.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

I work part time and am in school full time, in Albuquerque, NM. I work for the Utton Transboundary Resources Center, which supports collaborative natural resource management using multidisciplinary expertise and stakeholder involvement. I have been creating maps of the US-Mexico border using GIS data, researching international water management issues, and assisting with collaborative work with Mexican delegates to increase transboundary communication. I really enjoy the challenge of using science and policy to manage a resource between two countries. I also really like water law. As crazy as that may sound.

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

Take as many writing courses as you can fit in and stand. The science world needs better writers! Also take advantage of professors who always have an open door and talk to them.

Major/minor

geology/environmental studies

Career tags

US-Mexico border mapping, GIS, international water management, water law

Contact

anneliat@gmail.com