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Mentor Chat with Richard Buzard
Mentor Chat with Richard Buzard
WhenThursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
UW1- Room 370

Mentor Chat with Richard Buzard
'15 IAS- Environmental Science
Masters candidate, Geology
University of Alaska Fairbanks


Richard Buzard is a master’s candidate studying geology and remote sensing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He uses aerial and satellite imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles, and high-grade GPS to measure changes in Alaska’s coastline. Richard is currently an Alaska Sea Grant fellow working on two projects which aim to determine past and current rates of shoreline retreat in nearly a dozen villages surrounding Bristol Bay. He is working closely with partners from the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, Borough of Indian Affairs, Bristol Bay Native Association, and several Alaskan organizations. While his objectives are primarily focused on producing high-resolution datasets, a bulk of the work hinges communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.

Richard transferred to UW Bothell from Cascadia Community College, focusing on Environmental Sciences and GIS. His coursework in earth system sciences, writing and communication, and environmental law proved invaluable when applying for graduate school. His undergraduate research, using microscopic fossils as proxies for climate indicators, facilitated the transition from academia to real-world scientific research and writing. Richard will be pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at UAF, and hopes to expand his shoreline monitoring project across Alaska’s coastline.

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