Missouri State University
Michael Jahnke

Michael Jahnke

  • Master's student, University of Montana
  • BS Geology

Geology alum goes with the flow

Water is crucial to our body’s proper function, but it’s not just for drinking. Water is an essential part of agriculture and the landscape as a whole.

Water is crucial to our body’s proper function, but it’s not just for drinking. Water is an essential part of agriculture and the landscape as a whole. Recent grad Michael spent five weeks of summer 2014 at Clemson University studying hydrogeology, or the study of the distribution and movement of ground water in the soil. There he surveyed, created maps, created groundwater flow diagrams and more.

 “We also spent time in Mammoth Cave National Park learning how groundwater could create such a large system of caves.”

Jahnke also spent time in Jamaica this past winter where he studied the physical and geochemical character of agricultural soils in the area. He and other team members analyzed samples from three different fields to determine their fertility for local farmers.

Jahnke’s love of science started at an early age. His mother was a chemistry professor at Missouri State in his younger years, and now holds the position of dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

He found his true passion—water—while in class at Missouri State.

“I had never realized how important the changing landscape was and how much could be studied.”