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Careers: Alumni Profiles

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

After graduating from Calvin, Annelia had a 4-month internship with the Forest Service, working in oil and gas permitting and environmental regulations. She then went to graduate school at the University of New Mexico, getting a degree in Water Resource Management. Her thesis work was concerned with the transboundary water management issues on the US-Mexico border.

While in graduate school, Annelia worked part time for the Utton Transboundary Resources Center, which supports collaborative natural resource management using multidisciplinary expertise and stakeholder involvement. She created maps of the US-Mexico border using GIS data, researched international water management issues, and assisted with collaborative work with Mexican delegates to increase transboundary communication. She enjoyed the challenge of using science and policy to manage a resource between two countries, and found that she really liked water law.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

"After graduate school I started working for INTERA, Inc, an environmental consulting firm in Albuquerque, and have been with them for 7 years. I am a hydrogeologist and work on a variety of projects; such as groundwater sampling, drilling projects, water characterization reports, conceptual models, lake bottom sediment coring, state water planning, water rights, and GIS analysis."

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

Environmental consulting, hydrogeology, international water management, water law

Contact

anneliat@gmail.com