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My Environmental Geochemistry class collects field data for climate research

During week one of the three week block, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences Spruce Schoenemann will take his Environmental GeoChemistry class to southwest Montana’s Pioneer Mountains to gather data for exploring climate change in the area.

“My students will collect snow and water samples to learn how to use geochemical analyses and simple models to make interpretations about the regional climate,” Schoenemann said. “Assuming we’re able to collect quality data, the work has real potential for publication, giving the students unmatched graduate-level work experience.” Original article here:

And here are a few shots of us just back from collecting samples yesterday and today! Thanks to Kevin W. from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge NFS for his overview on snowpack conditions, SNOTEL measurements, snow course survey, and a hands-on opportunity to measure snow water equivalent (SWE) with original 1950's equipment!

Photo Credits: Rainier Butler


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