Faculty

Payton Gardner

Payton Gardner

PhD., University of Utah, 2009

Office: CHCB 353
Email: payton.gardner@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

T, Th 9:00 - 10:00


Curriculum Vitae

Courses

Geology 420 - Hydrogeology

Personal Summary

I have dedicated my life to studying, working with and enjoying the earth and the hydrological cycle.  I believe in constant learning through exploration and experience in the field, the lab and the classroom.  I'm eager to share what I've learned so far, and work with students who are as passionate about learning and the world around them as I am.

 

Education

Ph.D., Geophysics,  2009,  University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

M.S., Geophysics,  2007, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

B.S., Geology (Mathematics minor), 2004, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Field of Study

Hydrogeology, Isotope Hydrology, Noble Gas Geochemistry, Groundwater-Stream water interactions, Groundwater in geological processes, Regional groundwater, Nuclear waste disposal

I am interested in hydrologic systems from the local to regional scale, and their role in geologic processes.  My area of expertise is isotope hydrology and environmental tracers.  I use heat, groundwater age tracers (e.g. CFC's, 3H, 3He, 4He, SF6, 14C), stable and radio-isotopes and noble gas geochemistry combined with numerical modeling and inversion to understand hydrogeologic system dynamics.

Publications

Please see my CV for selected recent pubs.

Honors

Outstanding Groundwater Talk.  11th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference and 4rth Australasian Hydrogeology Research Conference - 2011.

Outstanding Groundwater Talk.  10th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference and 3rd Australasian Hydrogeology Research Conference - 2009.

Outstanding PhD Student (Geophysics).  University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics - 2009.

Outstanding Master's Student.  University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics - 2007.

Mortar Board Environmental Geology Senior of the Year.  University of Montana Department of Geology - 2002

Specialized Skills

Mass spectrometery, high performance computation, laboratory automation and control

Professional Experience

2015 - Present    Assistant Professor, University of Montana, Department of Geosciences, Missoula, MT

2011 - 2015        Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

2009 - 2011        Office of the Chief Executive Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide, Australia

International Experience

2014-2015      Expert Consultant Nuclear Waste Technology Section, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna Austria

2009 - 2011    Office of the Chief Executive Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide, Australia