I've checked out what my coworkers put on their cards and I've seen Hydrologist, Wetlands Engineer, Coastal Engineer, and Fluvial Geomorphologist (how awesome is that title?!) But how do I self-identify? I'm not totally sure.
Last week I split my time between modeling how habitats could change in the California delta with sea-level rise, managing projects and our new intern, and setting up a 2-D hydrodynamic model to verify flood levels in a wetland we're designing. Lot's of modeling last week.
|A marsh salt pan in the distance with pretty marsh flowers in front|
But a few months ago, I was working on a bridge scour analysis (if you open up a site to the tides, more water will be moving through the system and this additional water can "scour" or dig-out channels making them deeper or wider, which can cause downstream bridges to fail), a monitoring report (we survey a site's topography, measure the tides, and then produce a report about any changes we see from year to year), and a construction cost estimate for a project we designed. I really get to do a little bit of everything.
|Oh, how I love pretty marsh channels- look at that water!|
So for now, I'll probably stick with Hydrologist- it's descriptive and my actual position in the company. But next time I need new business cards? Who knows!