Chapter President: Caitlin Mercier
I was born and raised in Colorado. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a concentration in environmental geology and a minor in watershed sciences from Colorado State University. My love geology began when I would go on bike rides on the South Platte River bike trail to Chatfield Reservoir. I enjoyed playing in the river and observing the different kinds of rocks on the river bank. I enjoy participating on panels to empower girls and young women to go into STEM fields. I’m looking forward to continuing this work through AWG.
Currently I am a project specialist at a water utility association, American Water Works Association, assisting in facilitating and maintaining the Publishing department’s projects. I have previously worked at Weatherford Laboratories as a project manager and a core specialist for over four years. I assisted operators with managing analytical projects across multiple disciplines. As a core specialist, I maintained an extraction lab for porosity and permeability measurements on sedimentary rock samples. I enjoy hiking and observing the regional geology, crafting (knitting, crocheting, sewing), snowboarding and growing a vegetable garden.
Secretary: Anastasia Pilouras
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I completed my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and my undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. I began college as an engineering major interested in environmental systems. In my sophomore year, I enrolled in a class in Earth surface processes that took a trip to White Sands, NM, where I discovered my passion for geomorphology. Since then, I have been pursuing a career in geomorphology research, with an emphasis on coastal landscapes.
While at the University of Texas, I became involved in the Geoscience Leadership Organization for Women (GLOW). Working with this inspiring group of young women motivated me to become more active in supporting and promoting the involvement of young women in STEM fields. I am excited to continue this effort through my involvement in AWG and to help expand AWG representation in New Mexico.
Treasurer: Nikki Seymour
I am a PhD candidate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. I have a BBA in Marketing and MSc in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin, where I was a member of the Geosciences Leadership Organization for Women (GLOW). In additional to studying the rheology of the Atacama Fault in Chile, I love to see students excited about geology in the field and have been a part of Field Camp for both UT-Austin and CSU. As my first field experience was brought about by a chance meeting during a GLOW event, I hope to bring female geoscientists together and foster strong connections through the Laramide Chapter!
Outreach Development Coordinator: Celeste Herrera
My name is Celeste Herrera and I’m currently a senior at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) majoring in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Hydrology. I currently work for an organization called MATCH NM which helps pair local third graders, who have a socioeconomic status in the lower 10% of NM’s population, with college students in effort to help change and shape their future long term. This program has really broadened my view of the world and I couldn’t be prouder of the work I’ve put into it. Other than that, I’m a full-time student who enjoys math, rock climbing, and yoga when I’m not volunteering my time for research in our school’s hydrology department. Being part of a society that advocates for women in Geoscience related fields is important to me because it means that I will be part of an association of like-minded individuals whose mission is to attain equality of opportunity for women. To be part of an effort that could change statistics that women face, would mean a world of a difference to me and that’s why I will continue to be part of AWG.
Community Development Coordinator: Caroline Martin
Currently I am attending CSU for a Master’s in Watershed Science where I am studying the effects of topography, geology, soils, and vegetation on the streamflow intermittence across the Colorado Front Range. My love of earth sciences began with my Bachelor’s in Geosciences from the University of Texas. My research interests span a large range of subjects including hydrology, remote sensing, geology, geomorphology and sustainability.