Sam Ross '18 Environmental Consulting

What are you doing now?

I currently work in the environmental consulting industry and plan on continuing to do so for some time. We specialize in regulatory compliance, facility process management, and site characterization and remediation. I routinely perform field tasks including geologic logging, project oversight, and sample collection. When in the office, I provide project management support and develop technical reports for clients or regulatory bodies (e.g. U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, etc). The workload is dynamic and diverse which I thoroughly enjoy as I would lose my mind doing the same thing at a desk for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I hope to continue to garner field and technical experience so that I can manage my own projects and clients in the near future.

When did you realize you were a geoscientist?

I don't think that I truly thought of myself as a geoscientist until I found myself staring out airplane windows to identify landforms and to try to deduce the erosional and depositional forces at work. If I recall correctly, Dr. Dave mentioned that may be a side effect of taking his Geomorphology class. Though geoscience represents an incredibly broad array of careers and areas of study, I believe that most geoscientists are united by an inherent (and sometimes incessant) desire to understand the topography and lithology around them. As a Geologist at an environmental consulting firm, that "need to know" comes in handy when collecting and interpreting environmental data for the purposes for a Conceptual Site Model.

What do you like to do in your free time? What's your favorite hike in Rockbridge?

I like to read, spend time with friends, and explore the local (and robust!) Cincinnati brewery scene. When the weather is nice, I love to go hiking, camping, and/or kayaking. My girlfriend and I are currently working towards our goal of visiting all the National Parks (13 down, a long way to go). My favorite hike in Rockbridge would be any of the trails near Goshen Pass - the scenery is stunning and there's so much to do.