Welcome Incoming EARS Student, Dominic Winski

On August 5, 2013 by Grad Forum

winski_thumbnailThe Department of Earth Sciences is excited to welcome back Dom Winski, who will be returning to Dartmouth this fall in pursuit of a PhD. Winski graduated with a BA in earth sciences in 2009 and wrote an honors thesis with Professor Robert Hawley on the recent shrinking of the Peyto Glacier.

Winski’s undergraduate research involved radar geophysics fieldwork in Banff National Park in Canada, an experience that prompted him to seek further field-based studies on glaciers and climate. Following his graduation from Dartmouth, he returned to his home state to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. Winski used geochemical and geophysical field measurements, in combination with analyses of snow pit samples, to investigate the response of the Park’s glaciers to changes in climate.

For the last two years, Winski has worked as a geologist for Stantec in Hartford, Connecticut, focusing most of his time on developing remediation options for polluted soil and groundwater. Concerning his return to academic glaciology from life with a “real job,” he comments, “Whether in consulting or through going back to school, I knew I wanted to continue working on climate change…to do that best, it seems to make sense to be in school.”

Winski’s involvement in the Denali project will continue through his PhD research. In fact, this past summer he returned to Alaska for a third field season, something that he has found especially rewarding since his favorite pastimes are hiking, camping, and climbing. He shared, “It’s an interesting project with people I know I work well with. So when [Professor Erich Osterberg] told me he was looking for a PhD student, I was immediately pretty excited about it. Getting to move back to Hanover is nice, too.”

For more on his 2013 field season in Denali, see an article profiling this work that appeared in Dartmouth Now.

by Alexandra Giese

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