Meet Sara Olmsted, Senior Major in Environmental Geology

Tell us something about where you grew up.

I grew up in Richmond, Kentucky, and was always moving around as a kid. My favorite thing about Kentucky is the natural beauty, it’s underrated and has the prettiest sunsets out of anywhere I’ve lived.

What do you like about the EEPS Dept?

I appreciate how personally you get to know each professor in the EEPS department, all of them are willing to help you and to get to know you as a person, not just a student.

What’s something you don’t know about or how to do, but would like to learn?

I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet, just to use my excessive stash of plastic bags to make a bathmat.

Tell us about your senior research thesis.

My thesis questions the assumption that there is no condensation on the ground in forests due to the overhead canopy preventing radiative cooling. I designed a system of microlysimeters (very sensitive scales) that measure condensation and take temperature data. This pilot test was successful and showed significant amounts of forest-floor condensation!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Lately, I’ve been playing lots of Minecraft and starting weightlifting again.

What are you enthused about for your future?

I’ve committed to the University of Michigan for a master’s in ecosystem science and management, so I’m excited to see where it takes me!