Honors Fellowships

Alana Burton

Burton, AlanaName: Alana Burton 
Title of Project:
 Developing a New Method to Date Groundwater and Surface Water Using Cosmogenic Sodium-22
Advisor: James Kaste
Honors Department: Geology  

To effectively mitigate the negative impacts from anthropogenic contaminants and consumption, known residence times of water in aquifers are necessary. Verifying a flux based model of 22Na transport as a method to date surface water and groundwater will serve as a useful tool in managing freshwater resources.

The Honors Fellowship has allowed me to continue my work during the summer which is crucial for the continuity of data collection. In addition, several tests to verify the sodium-22 method are necessary and cost several hundred dollars.

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia
Majors: Geology major and Chemistry minor
Future Plans: I plan to pursue graduate school in water geochemistry. Hopefully, I can put this education to use in helping communities around the world with poor resource management.
Hobbies: I enjoy running, biking, and traveling. I also love spending time with kids!
Fun Fact: I’ve been inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. My life was changed by Jesus when I was 18 years old. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan.


Follow Alana’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!