Molly Murchison

UNC-BMElab research collaborator, 8/11/2017-8/10/2019


Environmental Data Analyst

Current Work

I am an environmental scientist specializing analysis of spatial data. My master's thesis at UNC was an investigation into groundwater contamination in North Carolina using modern geospatial methods.  


My current work includes programming for analysis of environmental data, mapping water quality in the Southeast, and examining the relationship between water quality and health outcomes.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

§  Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Engineering: 2014
Academic Advisor:
Dr. Marc Serre

§  ThesisSpatial Analysis of Industrial Sites and North Carolina Groundwater Contamination

Relevant Coursework:  Biostatistics, Principles of Experimental Analysis, Spatial Regression Analysis, Chemical Equilibria of Natural Waters, Limnology, MATLAB programming, Space/Time Exposure Mapping and Risk Assessment


Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC

§  Certificate: GIS Specialist –May 2011


University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Bachelor of Arts – May 2006

§  Major: International Affairs, Minor: Environmental Biology


Technical Skills

§ MATLAB: advanced computer programming for spatial data analysis

§ R: programming for analysis of spatial and left-censored environmental data

§ ArcGIS: spatial data analysis and map creation

§ Field sampling and water level measurement


Professional and Research Activities

HDR, Charlotte, North Carolina

Environmental Data Analyst: May 2015 – October 2017

§ GIS, mapping, and building spatial databases

§ Analysis of left-censored data using R

§ Analysis and visualization of large datasets through programming in MATLAB


Engineers Without Borders, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Moche Valley, Peru

GIS Lead, Peru Team: July 2012 – May 2013

§ Conducted interviews in an unincorporated settlement to determine ongoing public health needs

§ Collected spatial data of potable water and latrines to monitor the EWB intervention in Peru

§ Built a working spatial database integrating  public health, demographic, and infrastructure data


North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Raleigh, North Carolina

Intern for Groundwater Data Analysis: June 2012-July 2012

§ Summarized well monitoring data from Cumberland County to examine issues faced by residents using the local aquifer

§ Contributed data analysis and summary to the county-level groundwater assessment planned by DENR


GTZ, German Organization for Technical Cooperation, Rabat, Morocco

Intern for Biomass Development: August 2009 – December 2009

§ Researched potential sources of renewable energy resources in Eastern Morocco

§ Investigated impact of energy development on local communities



2012-2013 FLAS Fellowship, Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC Chapel Hill 


§  Advanced study of Haitian Creole language (Duke University)

§  Incorporation of Latin American and Developing countries studies into graduate work

Community Activities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee, Charlotte, NC

July 2016 - present

§  Committee member advising on storm water issues in Mecklenburg County such as impervious surface taxes, prioritization of storm water management projects, and retrofitting homes to mitigate flood impacts