April Jean Tafoya

Geologist
Areas of Expertise
  • Water resource planning for municipal, commercial, agricultural, and community water systems
  • Water right abstracting, research and evaluation; Pre-purchase due diligence
  • Hydrogeologic project design, investigation, data analysis and oversight
  • Processing satellite, LiDAR, field collected, and historical water resource data for spatial and statistical analysis, and map and model production
  • Drilling oversight, lithologic description of cuttings, evaluation of geophysical logs, and preparation of geologic cross sections for well siting; pumping test oversight and data analysis for groundwater production wells
  • Application of ArcGIS and ArcScene to geologic, hydrologic and environmental analysis
  • General and isotopic geochemistry data analysis to evaluate water quality, recharge to groundwater systems, and natural vs. anthropogenic signatures
  • Multi-format presentation of research and technical reports; narrow to broad audiences
Professional Development and Education
  • M.S. Earth and Planetary Sciences (Summa cum laude), UNM, 2012
  • B.S. Environmental Science (Summa cum laude), UNM, 2010
  • Completion of LANL Sediment Sampler Course (2 years)
  • Completion of the 38-hour Groundwater Pollution and Hydrology Course, Princeton Groundwater, Inc. (3.8 CEU’s), September 21-25, 2015
  • Adult CPR, AED and First Aid Certified (May 4, 2015)
  • New Mexico Ground Water Association, Driller CEU (8 CEU’s)

PROFESSIONAL PAPERS