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Harold Pranger '84

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"I was in engineering. I did things all right during my freshman year - it's just that they were all about six weeks late. During that next summer, a Calvin friend of mine and I were hiking mountains and he suggested that I try geology. I loved it and have not looked back."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

  • Dave Young and petrology/optical mineralogy
  • Field trips
  • Jim Clark
  • The NSF summer internship in glaciology
  • Geophysics and structural geology class
  • First graduating class in geology at Calvin!

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

"Calvin's geology program was particularly challenging and fun. The small class sizes really helped (in the 'old' days we struggled to fill a single lab table!). Dave, Jim and Clarence's dedication is what made it work and thrive to this day. You all are carrying the torch well."

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

  • 1985-88: graduate school at Colorado State University -Stan Schumm (Martian channels)
  • 1986-88: consulted with Schumm's firm
  • 1988-90: hydrologist for the State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
  • 1990-91: hydrologist/geomorphologist for Beak Consultants in Portland, OR
  • 1991-2000: hydrologist for U.S. Office of Surface Mining in Denver
  • 2000-present: geomorphologist for the National Park Service in Denver
  • Children (as of fall 2004): Anna-17, Julie-15, Elsa-12, Laura-5, Derik-1

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

" I am a geomorphologist in the National Park Service Washington Office (based in Denver), working on a wide variety of river and glacier projects across the U.S."

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"Career-wise, develop a focused goal or goals and carefully outline the steps you'll need to reach it (them). Then take those steps until you reach your goal(s). Always look for the truth in ALL things."

Major/minor

geology

Career tags

geomorphology, National Park Service, rivers, glaciers

Contact

hal_pranger@nps.gov