Spotlight: Abbie Bowman


Scientist at Applied Geology and Environmental Science,

2016 BS Graduate


Where has your degree taken you?

After graduating with my BS in 2016, I completed an internship with Ohio EPA as an aquatic macroinvertebrate intern for the Division of Surface Water. I knew nothing about insects at all, but I quickly became captivated by the field of entomology! So much so that I am currently applying to graduate schools in caterpillar parasitology. Currently however, I work as a scientist for Applied Geology and Environmental Science. Most of the work I complete is for The Department of Energy on the Decontamination and Decommissioning of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, Ohio that previously produced enriched uranium for the United States Atomic Energy program and the U.S. nuclear weapons program.


How did you get where you are today?

The School of Earth Sciences presented me with lots of experiences that forced me to work with other people and adapt to a diverse set of challenges. Although working in the field with classmates was difficult, the skills I developed in these exercises have proven invaluable as almost all of my current work is a team effort!

What advice would you offer to future students?

Get to know everyone in the department! Looking back on my undergrad career, the memories I made with my classmates and professors still make my heart warm!

Most memorable experience as an SES student?

Going to field camp! It was a blast being in Utah with a bunch of strangers that soon became family. So much sweat, so much laughter.
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