Dr. Peter Wampler, Associate Professor of Geology at GrandValley State University in Allendale, MI will be presenting.
Haiti is often highlighted in the popular press for environmental devastation, poverty and political unrest. This sociopolitical drama takes place within a complex geography, geology, hydrology and water resource context which creates public health challenges. He has been researching water resources, water treatment interventions, water culture and contamination pathways and sources in Haiti for over a decade. His research has generated eight peer-reviewed publications and numerous student projects focusing on this research. This presentation will provide a summary of the major findings and future research priorities.
Dr. Wampler is a broadly trained environmental geologist, geomorphologist and surface water hydrologist with a background in both academic and government regulation of mining and storm water. He has previously studied the Clackamas River in Oregon. Since 2004 his focus has been primarily on evaluating the storm water runoff at Grand Valley State, investigating Haiti's water, and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create household radon hazard maps for Michigan using geologic data.