Spotlight: Abe Springer


Professor of Hydrogeology and Ecohydrology, Northern Arizona University

1990 MS, 1994 PhD Graduate


Where has your degree taken you?

After finishing my graduate work at OSU, I came directly to NAU and started my faculty career. I served as the Inaugural Director of our School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability and created our new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. My research on spring ecosystems and karst hydrogeology, and interests in international research has led me to establish a study abroad course in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Montenegro. Also, this led to a number of years of field research in Western Canada.

How did your experience as an SES student prepare you for the future?

The many years I spent studying under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Bair and the other hydrogeologists at OSU prepared me to not only successfully conduct hydrogeology research as a professor, but also dedicate myself to the education of our graduate students and undergraduate majors.

Most memorable experience as an SES student? 

Like any geology student, the best memories I hold are of field trips and field work. My fondest memories in particular are of trips to Mammoth Caves, Kelly’s Island, and all kinds of groundwater wells and streams around Ohio.

How have you given back to OSU? 

It was very special to advise another OSU graduate, Elizabeth Schaller Boldt (B.Sc. OSU 2010) on her M.Sc. (2013) thesis at NAU.
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