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Ryan Matzuk

Teaching Assistant
Geosciences - General
 Lapham Hall 332

Advisor: Dr. Tim Grundl

My research focuses on the water chemistry and lake dynamics of my field site Laguna Bacalar located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I am primarily looking at evaporation trends using major ion chemistry and δ13C, δ18O and δD isotope data. I also study the primary hydrochemical processes controlling the lake chemistry which include influx of high alkalinity groundwater through cenotes and other pathways, CO2 evolution, and a resultant pH rise and calcite precipitation.