11.18.13 VILLANOVA, Pa—Katherine Wister ’15, a junior Environmental Science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently presented her research at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Her presentation was part of an organized session titled “Environmental and Social Implications of Hydraulic-Fracturing-Driven Oil and Gas Development: Toward a More Holistic Assessment” and utilized Wister’s summer research of investigating the links between shale gas hydro-fracking on water quality and its effect on resident’s opinion of their health and water quality in north central PA. She also received a Villanova Undergraduate Research fellowship for her research this past summer.
The research consisted of conducting surveys from approximately 20 Pennsylvania residents in Susquehanna and Bradford County, areas undergoing heavy hydro-fracking. Wister’s project represents an exciting collaboration with Ruth McDermott Levy, PhD, assistant professor in the Villanova School of Nursing, to identify social and health impacts related to shale gas hydro-fracking.
Wister’s research is part of a greater study between Nathaniel Weston, PhD, assistant professor of Geography and the Environment, and Steven T. Goldsmith, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental Science, which is currently funded through the Pennsylvania Sea Grant. This project is designed to test whether there is a link between stream and groundwater impacts and well pad density in north-central Pennsylvania.
To view a copy of the abstract for Katherine’s presentation at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, click here