B.S. Geology, 2010
Stephen F. Austin State University
Summary of Geoscience Work Experience
Michelle K. Transier, P.G., serves as a Geologist for Hydrex Environmental located in Nacogdoches, Texas. She has over five years of experience as a geologist in the environmental industry. Ms. Transier has gained professional experience including work in the areas of municipal solid waste facility groundwater and landfill gas monitoring, statistical evaluation of groundwater geochemical data, review of laboratory analytical data, coal combustion residual landfill monitoring, storm water pollution prevention, sewage sludge land application, environmental site assessments, oil and gas floodplain and development permitting, and high volume air sample collection. Her primary emphasis has been on the management of numerous municipal solid waste facility, groundwater-compliance projects.
Detailed Description of Geoscience Work Experience
Ms. Transier is responsible for the management of 30 separate municipal solid waste facilities that are situated all across Texas and into Louisiana. She has project management skills in the areas of coordination, project planning and preparation, budgeting and proposals, development of sampling and reporting schedules, and budget management. Currently responsible for groundwater sampling, reporting, interpretation of laboratory data, statistical analysis, piezometric surface contour mapping, and isoconcentration development as necessary for each of the sites she manages. She has prepared numerous low-flow sampling and purging demonstrations and various permit modifications for existing facilities. She also acts as the direct liaison between client and government regulatory agencies to insure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
As part of the routine monitoring process, hydrogeological and geochemical evaluations are essential. Through these evaluations, relationships between natural occurring sources and the sporadic variable occurrences of regularly monitored groundwater constituents are established. Successful demonstrations are highly dependent on good understanding and clear presentation of the site geology, groundwater movement, and geochemical conditions. Site settings range from the complex interfingering sands, clays, and lignites of the Wilcox and Claiborne Groups and fluvial-deltaic to shallow marine environments of the Gulf Coast Aquifer systems, to the chalks and marls of deeper shelf marine environments. It is often necessary to employ numerous geological and hydrogeological tools such as boring logs, geophysical logs, cross sections, topographic evaluations, site and regional stratigraphy, and groundwater flow evaluations to support these relationships. Through her career, she has successfully demonstrated proficiency through numerous investigations of natural variability in groundwater chemistry.
During the course of her professional development, she has been involved with various short term and long term projects. She has prepared and reviewed storm water pollution prevention plans for various industrial facilities and construction projects and been responsible for conducting comprehensive site compliance evaluation inspections, reporting, and sampling in accordance with Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permit requirements. She has been responsible for coordination and preparation of registrations to land apply water treatment plant sludge in accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 312. Ms. Transier routinely contributes to hydrogeological investigations including characterization of groundwater quality and availability utilizing numerous geological and geophysical tools. She has helped design and participated in a number of Phase II water and soil investigations related to residential and commercial property evaluations in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP). Her experience also includes reviewing and reporting of QA/QC data as required by RG366/TRRP-13. She has participated in numerous monitor well installations associated with site assessments and remediation projects. Her participation in these projects also included groundwater, soil, and stream sampling activities along with essential report writing for affected property assessments and remediation progress reports.
Through her participation in these geoscience-related projects, Ms. Transier has developed proficiency in the use of a wide variety of multi-disciplinary technology based tools and programs. Some of these tools and programs include, photoionization detectors (PID), gas analyzers, groundwater instrumentation (water level indicator, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity, oxidation reduction potential, turbidity, and temperature), purge stabilization flow cells, pressure transducers, AutoSketch, Sanitas, LogPlot, Win-Situ, and Design CAD.