Eva Smith


Hello, thanks for visiting my website!

I am a first year graduate student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming working under Dr. Brad Carr. Currently, I am pursuing a master's degree in geophysics focused on defining the permeability controls within the Casper aquifer using near-surface geophysics.

A field with small trees overlooking a valley with a city. A helicopter is flying carrying a hexigonal array used by SkyTEM.
SkyTEM system in flight over Laramie Range looking east toward the Snowies


The Casper Aquifer is the source of over 55 percent of the drinking water for the residents of the Laramie area. Keeping the municipal water source free from contamination has been a focus of many studies funded by the city of Laramie and county of Albany. The Casper Aquifer Protection Plan identifies the region most vulnerable to contamination as the unconfined section of the aquifer, which extends from just east of Laramie up to the Sherman Hills Summit in the Laramie Range.

Of major concern is the Interstate 80 corridor, which passes through this unconfined section of the aquifer. To better define the permeability controls on this section of the aquifer, the city and county jointly commissioned an airborne electromagnetic geophysical survey, SkyTEM. With this data, I hope to propose both a geologic model of the aquifer and a groundwater flow model that the city and county can use to simulate how spills on the highway might affect the city well fields.

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Geology and Geophysics, Laramie, WY • esmith73@uwyo.edu


M.S. GeophysicsExpected 2021

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Advisor: Dr. Bradley Carr

B.A. PhysicsMay 2016

Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

GPA: 3.52/4.00

Advisor: Dr. Charles Cunningham

Wind River Wilderness CourseJune 2011

National Outdoor Leadership School, Wind River Mountains, WY


Graduate Research AssistantMay 2019 - Present

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Assist with Electrical Resistivity, Refraction Seismic, Ground Penetration Radar, Transient Electromagnetics, Magnetics, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance surveys for the University of Wyoming Near Surface Geophysics Instrumentation Center (UWNSG). Through this experience I have gained a broader knowledge of how deploying multiple geophysical methods at one site can increase certainty in model interpretations.

(Contact: Dr. Bradley Carr, bcarr1@uwyo.edu)

Vice President of Graduate and Undergraduate Students in HydrologySeptember 2019 - Present

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Staff GeophysicistJuly 2017 – June 2019

Green Geophysics, Inc. Continental United States

Installed, maintained, and extracted magnetotelluric equipment for both the USArray EarthScope and MOCHA (Magnetotelluric Observations of Cascadia using a Huge Array) surveys to study the electrical conductivity structure of the crust and mantle. Responsible for managing magnetotelluric data for analysis, making in-field decisions on data quality, and coordinating timing and access to sites while keeping track of up to ten stations at a time. This job taught me the importance of balancing the need for quality data with keeping project costs low.

(Contact: Dr. Louise Pellerin, pellerin@greengeophysics.com)

Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE)June – July 2017

Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE), Santa Fe, NM

Used reflection/refraction seismic, magnetotelluric, electromagnetic, ground penetrating radar, gravity and magnetic field instruments. Processed and modeled magnetotelluric data with WinGLink to determine the structure under the Valles Caldera. Through modeling this data, I was able to see a possible melt zone and a major fault along the edge of the Caldera. This experience taught me the significance of understanding the geological context for making interpretations of geophysical models.

Undergraduate ResearcherJune – August 2015

Southern California Earthquake Center and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Analyzed data from 2014 Oklahoma earthquakes using Seismic Analysis Code (SAC) to detect new earthquakes and expand the earthquake catalog using a waveform matching technique to assist in the research of “Systematic Detection of Microearthquakes around the World.” Through working with Dr. Peng and his graduate student I learned the value of collaborative scientific research.

Teaching Assistant, General Physics I & IIAugust 2014 – May 2015

Physics Department,Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Assisted thirty students with their in-class assignments and homework

Undergraduate ResearcherMay – July 2014

University of Iowa Physics and Astronomy Department, Iowa City, IA

Collected and graphed data using Python to improve the alignment system on a gamma ray telescope. Collaborated with Dr. Kaaret’s graduate student to design, order parts, and build a test platform for alignment system.


Catering AssistantDecember 2016 – April 2017

The Catering Studio, Wellington, New Zealand

Rotating StaffMay – September 2016

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, Grand Lake, CO

Grocery Store CashierAugust 2015 – May 2016

McNally’s, Grinnell, IA

Trip LeaderSeptember 2013 – May 2016

Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Acquired funding, planned and organized camping trips around the country for up to ten Grinnell students, arranging transportation, lodging, meals, and daily schedules.

Department Grader, General Physics I & IIAugust 2013 – May 2014

Physics Department,Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA



Griffiths, S.T., Kaaret, P., Smith, E.: An autocollimator alignment system for a Schwarzschild-Couder Cherenkov telescope. Exp. Astron. 42, 1-10 (2016). doi:10.1007/s10686-016-9497-y


Barker, J., Daneshvar, S., Langhans, A., Okorie,C., Parapuzha,A., Perez, N., Turner, A., Smith, E., Carchedi, C., Creighton, A., Folsom, M., Bedrosian, P.A., Pellerin, L., Feucht, D.W., Kelly, S., Ferguson, J.F., and McPhee, D. (2017), Multi‐scale, multi‐method geophysical investigations of the Valles Caldera, Abstract GP33A‐0956 presented at 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 9-13 Dec.

Meng, X., Daniels, C., Smith, E., Peng, Z., Chen, X., Wagner, L., Fisher, K., and Hawman, R. (2015), Statistical discrimination of induced and tectonic earthquake sequences in Central and Eastern US based on waveform detected catalogs, Abstract S13B-2851 presented at 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 Dec.


Southern California Earthquake Center/SURE Internship GrantJune 2015

Funding for Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Georgia Institute of Technology

Brewster H. Woodburn '29 Physics Summer Internship GrantApril 2014

Funding from Grinnell College for University of Iowa Summer Research Experience

Midwest Conference Academic All Conference

Midwest Conference, NCAA Division III

Varsity Women's SoccerFall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Varsity Women's Track & FieldSpring 2013, 2014, 2015


Python, C, AWK, GIS ArcMap, Mathematica


Society of Exploration Geophysicists2016 - Present

American Geophysical Union2016 - Present

Image Gallery

Eva sitting outside attaching cables to batteries for the NIMS Magnetotelluric System.
Attaching the batteries to the NIMS Magnetotelluric System
Eva sitting in a dry grassy field with a view of mountains in the background. Starting magnetotelluric data acquisition, Wyoming.
Starting magnetotelluric data acquisition, Wyoming
A helicopter carrying a large hexigon array used by SkyTEM.
SkyTEM system taking off
Eva standing in a brush field right next to a herd of more than 10 horses.
Horses invade our site
Eva sitting in her work truck on a bunch of experimental gear with a notebook.
Testing electrode contact resistances before installation
Eva standing next to her work truck on the side of a gravel road with a view of snow-covered peaks in the background, Colorado.
Me and the work truck, CO