The Kansas Geological Survey buildings at the University of Kansas. Photo: KGS


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Now hiring

Two open positions available:

Details will be posted to this page when positions are open, but feel free to send Sam an email if you are interested in hearing what may be in the pipeline.

Other opportunities with HEAL@KGS

We love working with new people and value the skills that all members of HEAL@KGS bring to the table. There are numerous ways to join the group, whether you are based in Kansas or elsewhere. Before you get in touch, please read this article and this blog post for how to email a prospective advisor. While they are targeted towards people seeking graduate degrees, the points are relevant for people interested in any type of position.

Graduate Students

I can advise students through the KU Department of Geology or the KU Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science depending on student interests and programmatic fit.

Details for funded positions will be posted to this page when available. Beyond that, I am always happy to work with students on developing proposals for external funding, such as the NSF GRFP, USDA Predoctoral Fellowship, DoD SMART scholarship, or internal KU fellowships, such as the Self Fellowship. If you are interested, please send Sam an email.

For more about applying to graduate school, the GeoGradApp website provides lots of useful information about applying to graduate school.


Details for funded positions will be posted to this page as they are available, but feel free to get in touch if you are graduating soon and want to know what might be in the pipeline. Apart from that, I am always excited to work together to develop a mutually agreeable project and identify a suitable funding body, such as:

If you are interested, please send Sam an email.

Visiting Scientists

We love to collaborate and one of our favorite ways is to host visiting students and scientists from other institutions. Lawrence is a beautiful place to visit, whether for a week or a year. If you need a visa, sponsor, or any other paperwork, we are happy to work with you to set things up. We will arrange comfortable office space with plenty of coffee and good conversations for anyone who comes by for a visit! If you want to visit sometime, please send Sam an email.

About KGS, KU, and Lawrence

The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) is a research and service division of the University of Kansas (KU), charged by the state legislature to “… conduct geological studies and research and … collect, correlate, preserve, and disseminate information leading to a better understanding of the geology of Kansas, with special emphasis on natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity, and geologic hazards.” The HEAL@KGS group is part of the Geohydrology Section which focuses on better understanding the past, present, and future of Kansas’ water resources. KGS is located on KU’s West Campus, which is just across the street from main campus for easy collaboration.

KGS is located on the KU campus, which is situated on top of Mount Oread in Lawrence KS. KU is an international, R1 research university and the flagship university for the state of Kansas with a large water and environmental research community spread across campus. In HEAL@KGS we collaborate with faculty and students from many departments including including the Geology; Geography and Atmospheric Science; Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and the Kansas Biological Survey.

We think you’ll love Lawrence, which is an eclectic town of ~100,000 people along the banks of the beautiful Kansas River. Lawrence has an excellent cultural scene, historic downtown, cutting-edge library, and too many delicious restaurants to count. Outdoor opportunities around town including biking, hiking, and boating. The big-city vibes and international airport of Kansas City are less than an hour away.

Here are some resources to help you learn more about Lawrence and KU: