About Me

My name is Claire Farnsworth Wildman. I’m an environmental engineer living in the Bay Area.Claire Farnsworth  I look something like this:

I’m a consultant with Geosyntec, an environmental engineering firm, working broadly in remediation, water reuse, brownfield redevelopment, and litigation support. In case it’s not obvious, my blog = my opinions, not those of my employer or anyone else.

In 2011, I got my PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech in Pasadena, although my last four years were spent at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zurich.  My research examined the behavior of trace elements in response to changing redox conditions relevant for drinking water treatment, combining inorganic geochemistry, water treatment engineering, and basic microbiology.

Before that, I spent four years at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to get a B.S. in Civil Engineering (concentration in environmental engineering) with minors in Environmental Engineering and Linguistics.

I grew up in Atlanta, GA, fascinated by the creek in my backyard.  I also spent a decent amount of time in the mountains of western North Carolina, where my grandparents live.  So I was destined to like water and mountains.

For hobbies, I love to run, play ultimate frisbee, hike, and follow my favorite team (the Atlanta Braves).  I also speak some Spanish and German.

This blog comes from my interpretation and research into topical water issues.  Many news items are culled from Brown and Caldwell’s daily California Water News, whereas my independent research (i.e., reading of tedious annual reports etc.) contributes more to the legislative and water resources allocation topics.

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