Drake McCrimmon

Ph.D. in Hydrogeology
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Drake McCrimmon earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 2015 and an M.S. in Geology from the University of South Carolina in 2017. His past research includes carbon cycling by microorganisms on alpine glacier surfaces, the formation of environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) in contaminated soils, and the impact of oiled Louisiana wetlands after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also has professional experience in drinking water quality from working at a water purification plant in New Orleans. Drake now works in the ice core lab at the Desert Research Institute and his Ph.D. research involves the investigation of wildfire transport from Northern Hemisphere boreal forests to Arctic ice core locations.

Research interests

  • Global climate change
  • Ice core paleoclimatology
  • Atmospheric chemistry and transport


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