by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Nov. 9, 2005 – New Mexico Tech doctoral candidate Marty D. Frisbee recently garnered the best poster award at the 1st Slope Intercomparison Experiment (SLICE) Workshop, which was held at the H.J. Andrew Experimental Forest in Blue River, Ore.
Frisbee’s poster, titled “Hillslope Hydrology and Wetland Response of a Small Zero-order Boreal Catchment on the Precambrian Shield,” stems from part of the research work Frisbee performed as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“During my first year at UNCC, I completed a small research project which dealt with urban hydrology and low-impact development techniques employed in a city park,” Frisbee says. “This project really got me interested in the dynamics of runoff mechanisms.
“After completion of that project, I was offered a larger research project in a forested setting on the Precambrian Shield of Ontario, Canada,” he adds, “and it was this project that fueled my interest in hillslope hydrology, and, ultimately, created the motivation to pursue a Ph.D. in hydrology here at New Mexico Tech.”
Frisbee currently is working with Tech hydrology professor Fred Phillips on part of a Rio Grande salinity project, which is funded by the Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas research consortium (SAHRA). New Mexico Tech is a university member of SAHRA.
“Through the SAHRA project, we are looking at hillslope runoff processes in the Valles Caldera in northern New Mexico, and possibly in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado,” Frisbee says. “We are also looking at the evolution of stream chemistry at the catchment scale in the San Juan Mountains. In particular, we want to get accurate characterizations for water residence times, flow paths, and runoff mechanisms in headwater systems of the Rio Grande.”
Frisbee says he has found the research and course work at New Mexico Tech to be “challenging,” as he pursues his doctorate in hydrology.
“One of the main benefits is that Tech’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science encompasses many fields of interest,” Frisbee says. “This gives students a level of diversity that not many other colleges can offer. . . . Plus, my research here at New Mexico Tech has introduced me to some beautiful places, which is one of the fringe benefits of studying hillslope hydrology.”