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Featured Scholar : Carolyn Ball
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091523/00612
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Title: Featured Scholar : Carolyn Ball
Series Title: Journal of Undergraduate Research
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Garland, Christopher
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Spring 2012
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: UF00091523:00612


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University of Florida | Journal of U ndergradua te Research | Volume 13, Issue 2 | Spring 2012 1 Carolyn Ball Featured Scholar Journal of Undergraduate Research Carolyn Ball is clear about the catalyst for her undergraduate studies in geology at the University of Florida and future career as a geologist. She describes that allow her to get out into nature, whether riding her bike, hiking, playing soccer or sand volleyball. Just as clear as her love of the outdoors is the importance of the work that led her to being selected as the featured scholar for the Journal of Undergraduate Rese arch summer after completing her undergraduate work last year, water. At the outset of the article she co wrote with Dr. rface Water and Groundwater quality of surface water and groundwater is to life on this transportation, entertainment, and are a major se rvice for But it is the connection between surface water, including streams, rivers, and lakes, and groundwater that was the surface water polluted by particular land use can negati vely affect groundwater. Likewise, contaminated groundwater can impinge on otherwise unspoiled surface water. Ball gives the example of a spring as a location where this most beautiful natural feat ures. In fact, Ball conducted fieldwork at one of the most popular natural attrac tions near Gainesville, the Iche tucknee Springs State Park: an While her research into the interchange between surface water and groundwater is the culmination of her time in the University of Florida has been multi faceted. Sitting outside Williamson Hall, Ball, when asked what she will miss most abo ut UF, glances to her left, briefly sizing up the structure that dominates the landscape of this part of campus. Across the road is Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (more focal points of the Gator Nation, and Ba ll quickly answers


University of Florida | Journal of U ndergradua te Research | Volume 13, Issue 2 | Spring 2012 2 what that means is evident the moment that talk turns to what she has taken from her time in Gainesville. However, unlike so many students at UF, she had not spent years hoping (and indeed working towards) becoming a Gator. Even as late as her senior year in high school, Ball was not sure where she would attend college and was even considering staying in her hometown, Tampa, to attend the University of South Florida. It took up until the moment that she realized the prestige that comes with attending the b largest state. Once she was accepted to UF, Ball says that the decision to leave her family and hometown was a straightforward one. She wanted to have the opportunity to turn her passion for the outdoors into a career. After beginning her undergraduate studies, Ball admits that she This was where Ball met Dr. Martin, a teacher and men (Martin) who was working on groundwater quality, looking origin of the article. She told Martin that she was extremely interested in his work, and this proved to be the start of you, because I have all this data that needs to be analyzed, and I think that we can come up with a good story about ll recalls. After looking through the data, Ball started to see patterns between low groundwater elevation and the amount of floodwater that can flood the aquifer, a body of saturated rock (or silt, gravel, or sand) through which water can pass with some we worked on quantifying that and coming up with an equation and model that other people could use (when ity we can predict how much contaminated floodwater is The ramification for this work goes well beyond the local human population, however. The Floridan Aquifer provides water for all the southeast states; it is, Ball points is good quality because hopefully it can sustain our population for many has not just been confined to Florida and the southeast. Due to the wide ranging focus of the Geological Science fieldwork in exotic locales in the United States including Death Valley National Park, and abroad, San Salvador in the Bahamas. More importantly, however, is that Ball is able to put into practice all that she has learned in what she describes Exploration and Production Company in Houston, Texas. pick a few areas of the company that I am most interested far, she says, she is interested in a number of areas: alternative energy geochemical research, reservoir quality analysis, and source quality and maturation analysis. But there is oth 28 th she is marrying Ciro Luysterburg, a fellow Gator she admits. As for her future career as geologist in Texas? Her enthusiasm is as clear as Christopher Garland