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Spencer K. Whitman

Ph.D. in Hydrogeology He/him/his


I am a classically trained hydrogeologist with a passion for enabling the responsible extraction of critical minerals and resources, upon which many of our modern-day technologies depend on. I am also passionate about using my scientific skills and knowledge to address legacy environmental impacts, such as abandoned mine lands, which are prevalent in Nevada. My Ph.D. research centers on the assessment of Unsaturated Zone transport of acid mine drainage from a legacy tailings impoundment in southeastern Nevada.

Research interests

  • Unsaturated Zone Hydrology
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Reactive Transport
  • Geochemistry
  • Mining

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  • B.S. Hydrogeology, University of Texas at Austin - 2010
  • M.S. Hydrogeology, University of Nevada Reno - 2016