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Daniel Lavery

 Daniel Lavery
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

I am a hydrogeologist in the Aquifer Mapping Program, primarily performing 3D geologic modelling of New Mexico basins and aquifers. I also have an interest in aqueous geochemistry and water quality as well. My aim in my work is to create practicable data and tools for water managers to make decisions about sustainability.

(See Resume)


2023 - M.S. Earth and Planetary Sciences

2021 - B.S. Geosciences, Geology concentration

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


Current Skills

  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Geochemistry lab methods (major ion chemistry, stable istopes of water, radiogenic isotopes)
  • Geochemical modelling (The Geochemist's Workbench, PhreeqC)
  • Field geochemical sampling
  • Python (pandas, sklearn, matplotlib, geopandas, arcpy, re)
  • R (tidyverse, ggplot, regex)
  • ESRI (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS ArcMap)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Developing Skills

  • 3D Interpolation
  • Machine Learning Models (Python sklearn)
  • Matlab
  • Principal Components Analysis


3D Geologic Modelling Efforts

  • Delaware Basin Basement-to-Surface (ongoing)
  • Central High Plains (ongoing)

Rio Arriba County Water Quality Assessment (ongoing)

Middle Rio Grande Aquifer Banking Index (complete)


(See Resume for more details)

Koning, D., Sturgis, L., Lavery, D., and Mamer, E., 2024, Aquifer storage and feasibility analysis for Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-File Report 631, 42 p.

Lavery, D.J., 2023, Environmental Fate of Sulfur in Sulphur Creek, Valles Caldera, NM: Implications for metal transport and water quality [M.S. thesis]: University of New Mexico, 45 p.

Polyak, V.J., Curry, B.H., Lavery, D.J., Strasberg, Z.L., Cutler, S., Song, W., Crossey, L.J., Karlstrom, K.E., and Asmerom, Y., 2023, Large negative δ238U anomalies in endogenic-type travertine systems: Geology, v.51, p. 1048-1052