Welcome Incoming EARS Student, Evan Dethier

On August 29, 2013 by Grad Forum

dethiers_thumbnailThe Graduate Forum would like to welcome Evan Dethier (pronounced “de chair”) to the Dartmouth community. Originally from Williamstown, MA, Dethier joined the Department of Earth Sciences (EARS) in late July to begin his master’s work studying the effects of Tropical Storm Irene in New England. Dethier, alongside Professors Carl Renshaw and Frank Magilligan, will investigate how well rivers and river systems recover from the stress put on them by large floods.

A 2011 graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he was a competitive cross-country skier, Dethier spent the past two years teaching earth sciences and coaching cross country skiing at Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. His appreciation for Earth systems and processes was cultivated from an early age—his father is the Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Williams. The younger Dethier, wanting to be independent, vowed not to take a class from his dad or major in geology. In spite of this early reluctance, his love of the outdoors eventually led him to study geology.

Dethier finished with a double major in geology and English. His English major will undoubtedly help as he endeavors to “bridge that gap between science and policy/lifestyle.” Dethier acknowledges science’s ubiquitous pursuit to contribute towards the great problems of our times, but is frustrated with the dearth of influential policy or subsequent lifestyle changes despite the growing number of climate change studies.

When asked why he chose to pursue a graduate degree at Dartmouth, Dethier said, “Dartmouth’s location and strong academic tradition were a huge draw.” Add the opportunity to work with “great undergrad students” to Professors Renshaw and Magilligan’s current Irene research focus, and Dethier “was sold.” As a nod to the EARS Department’s successful co-ed intramural teams, Dethier also expressed a lot of interest in getting to know other community members through intramural sports.

We welcome Dethier to the Dartmouth community!

by Gifford Wong

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