Barney Austin has 25 years of experience in water resources science, engineering and planning. He obtained his BSc in Agricultural Engineering in Canada in 1989 and his PhD in Civil Engineering in England in 1995. He was a consultant in England for a few years prior to joining the Texas Water Development Board in 1999. Dr. Austin became Director of the Surface Water Resources Division at the Board in 2004 where he provided oversight on nine statewide programs and was heavily involved in Texas’ regional water planning process. Dr. Austin is now President and CEO of Aqua Strategies Inc. - a local company that specializes in helping clients understand and manage their water resources. Aqua Strategies has clients all over Texas and Oklahoma, and Dr. Austin has recently dipped his toe in the international market taking on projects in Morocco and Iraq with the US State Department, and the Kyrgyz Republic with the European Bank.
Hydrologist/Soil Scientist U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development
Dr. David Burden is a hydrologist/soil scientist with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Specifically, Burden works in the U.S. EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), Groundwater and Ecosystem Restoration Division (GWERD) located in Ada, OK. Burden’s educational background includes a Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry and M.S. in Soil Physics from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. He also holds a B.S. in Biology from Harding University, Searcy, AR.
Burden serves as Director of the U.S. EPA’s Groundwater Technical Support Center (GWTSC). In this capacity, Burden coordinates a multi-disciplinary Technology Support Team, which provides assistance to the U.S. EPA Regions, Headquarters, states, tribes, and other federal agencies on issues and technologies related to groundwater remediation, protection, and restoration. Burden serves as an EPA representative to plan, develop, review, evaluate and participate in technical assistance and research projects using state-of-the-science groundwater remediation technologies. He leads and assists in research projects associated with the processes that influence the transport, transformation, and control of contaminants entering the subsurface environment.
Assistant Professor of Economics Northeastern State University
Dr. Sanchari Ghosh received her PhD in Economics from Oklahoma State University and a Master and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Calcutta. She is currently an assistant professor of economics at Northeastern Sate University where she teaches principals of microeconomics and macroeconomics, money and banking and managerial economics. Previously she was a postdoctoral research associate at Northeastern, a postdoctoral fellow and guest lecturer at Boise State University, and a research associate at Oklahoma State University. Ghosh has multiple journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and papers all from her field of work.
Hydrologist Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center
Randall R. Ross, currently serves as a hydrologist at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, OK, (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Division (GWERD), Applied Research and Technical Support (ARTS) Branch). The ARTS Branch serves as a focal point for technical assistance and the transfer of research findings to the subsurface transport, fate and remediation user community. He has a B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1988) degrees from Oklahoma State University, School of Geology with an emphasis in Hydrogeology. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the University of Oklahoma (1998). Ross has over 30 years of service with EPA at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center.
Primary areas of specialization include contaminant hydrogeology, subsurface investigations, subsurface characterization, ground-water flow and contaminant fate and transport modeling, and ground-water remediation technologies. Ross has been an instructor for the U.S. EPA Superfund University Training Institute (SUTI) in Tampa, Florida in the topics of ground-water remediation (pump-and-treat) limitations and characterization of fractured media.
In 2013, Britney began studying aquatic invertebrate within the caves of the Arbuckle Mountains. She soon became fascinated with the geology of the Arbuckle Mountains and the karst terranes, leading to her Masters thesis which focused on the digenesis of the Arbuckle Group. Since graduating with her Masters in geology from Oklahoma State University, she has worked on the digenesis of the Oswego, Mississippian, and Hunton carbonates. Britney brings several years of industry experience, delivering an outstanding effort to keep environmental safety her top priority. She has conducted numerous investigations of the Blaine formation in northwest Oklahoma to help protect caves and groundwater systems in that area. Since 2013, she has been actively involved with the Arbuckle Mountains Grotto of the National Speleological Society, working on projects to protect caves, aquifers, and the organisms that live within these subterranean environments.