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Alan Riggs


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To me, the world is an inherently fascinating place.  How to indulge in that fascination AND make a living?  Working in the natural sciences seems like a logical strategy.  I got a degree in Oceanography, worked as a Zoology research tech, learned a lot of interesting things, and then the soft money died.  Then I was a hydrologist on the Yucca Mountain Project; it was interesting and well-funded, but it had all the constraints associated with science done in the service of legal/political imperatives. Then I transferred to a USGS project whose goal was to recover paleoclimate records from groundwater-deposited carbonate mineral deposits (speleothems).  I was able to contribute in ways that few others could.  It’s been good.

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My Science Topics

Science Topic
Earth Characteristicsbiostratigraphy
Earth Characteristicsearth history
Earth Characteristicsearth structure
Earth Characteristicssedimentary rocks
Hydrologic Processesground-water flow
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Hydrologic Processeswater circulation
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentdeserts
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

Deriving paleoenvironmental records from precipitated mineral deposits and synthesizing the interactions of many inputs into particular locations

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Alan Riggs
West 6th Ave. & Kipling St., DFC Bldg. 53
Lakewood, CO 80225-0046
303-236-5034 - Fax
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