Arden Wells

Staff Geologist

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Expertise:

Ms. Wells is a hydrogeologist with expertise in data analysis, well monitoring, hydrogeologic modeling, and geochemical modeling to solve groundwater quality and supply problems. She has worked on Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) in several basins by providing support for grant proposal writing, mapping in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and water level data analysis. She has also assisted with water quality data compilation and analysis for an annual groundwater report. Her field experience includes groundwater sample collection, pumping test completion, groundwater level monitoring, and lithologic logging.

Ms. Wells developed expertise on the relationship between groundwater quality and groundwater management in California through her M.S. thesis work. She analyzed the trends and occurrence of naturally occurring uranium in the Eastern San Joaquin Valley and developed a novel method for assessing the risk of high uranium concentrations in a given region. She also organized a study of uranium levels in domestic wells, for which she recruited community involvement, collected field samples, and conducted laboratory analyses. Ms. Wells contributed to guidance documents about managing groundwater with naturally occurring contaminants under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Academic Background and Professional Credentials:

M.S., Earth System Science, Stanford University, 2019
B.S., Geosciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2016