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Drake McCrimmon

Ph.D. in Hydrogeology He/him/his


I completed a B.S. in Chemistry from LSU and an M.S. in Geology from the University of South Carolina. During my M.S. I researched carbon cycling by microorganisms living on glacier surfaces in Alaska. After my M.S., I traveled for a year and then worked for two years as a chemist at a drinking water purification plant in New Orleans, where I became interested in water systems and water resources. Following previous interests in polar science, I am now a Ph.D. student at UNR working with Dr. Kaitlin Keegan exploring ice formation processes in Antarctica and Greenland. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, photography, and playing the banjo.

Research interests

  • Global climate change
  • glaciology
  • ice core paleoclimatology
  • hydrology
  • carbon cycling
  • radiocarbon and stable isotopes of organic biomarkers
  • atmospheric chemistry
  • clean drinking water
  • conservation and sustainability
  • environmental remediation


  • B.S. Chemistry, LSU, 2015
  • M.S. Geology, University of South Carolina, 2017