Currently a graduate research assistant at Nevada's Desert Research Institute's Division of Hydrological Sciences, Geoscience alumnus Dan Saftner has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for groundwater research in Niger. He hopes to increase access to safe, sustainable drinking water sources for residents of Maradi, Niger.
His research will examine a time series of seasonal variations of groundwater quality and level to provide a better understanding of factors affecting the quality and quantity of underground water supplies to provide safe, sustainable water.
Dan will live and work with local Nigerians during 2016-17 to collect seasonal data on aquifer depth and water quality to create a sustainable understanding of critical water resources in the region.
This project will be completed in cooperation with World Vision's Niger Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (NI-WASH) and will serve as Dan's Master's thesis research project.