HMEI-STEP Topic: Groundwater Depletion and Climate Migration in the High Plains
HMEI-STEP Adviser: Michael Oppenheimer
Thesis Topic: Hydrogen Atom Transfer at Macrocyclic Metal Catalysts
Thesis Adviser: John T. Groves
Lucas works in the Department of Chemistry. For his doctoral work at Princeton, he is using computational chemistry methods to study hydrocarbon activation at transition metal-based catalysts. In his HMEI-STEP fellowship project, he plans to investigate the effect of groundwater access on climate migration in the Great Plains using hydrogeological, meteorological, and population data. This analysis may guide more responsible water resource management and inform the efficient administration of climate adaptation projects.