It’s not often that graduate students can say that their research is making an immediate difference in the world. But Melanie Krautstrunk can make that claim.
Krautstrunk is studying hydrogeology and spent most of the last year in northern Ghana as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar for her master’s thesis. She is trying to predict if the area will receive enough rainfall to replenish the local aquifer. Her research can be applied to sustainability studies in northern Ghana as expanding agriculture and population growth places greater demands on the water table.