UC Merced Update

UC Merced Ph.D. Lands Tenure-Track Position in Hydrology


Glenn ShawOne of UC Merced’s earliest Ph.D. recipients has been hired in a tenure-track faculty position. Glenn D. Shaw is a new assistant professor in geological engineering at Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte.

Shaw will contribute the expertise in hydrology he gained at UC Merced, where he earned a doctorate in 2009. He specializes in using chemical tracers to determine age and composition of ground and surface water — research he plans to continue at Montana Tech.

“I’m looking forward to studying local groundwater basins,” Shaw said. “There are areas where we could learn a lot about how land use change will impact the water supply using techniques from my previous work.”

Prior to his August 2010 hire as assistant professor, Shaw spent several months as an assistant research professor at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology on the Tech campus. There, he worked on a statewide effort to quantify and understand water supplies in areas where demands are increasing rapidly.

“Water is a big issue all over the West,” Shaw said. “In Montana, we’re concerned about rapid urbanization and changing agricultural demands. Those issues are familiar after my years in the Central Valley.”

Shaw’s dissertation project under Professor Martha Conklin at UC Merced involved several years of sampling creeks and springs in Yosemite National Park, then chemically analyzing the water at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to determine the age and origin of the water flowing into the Upper Merced River.
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