Molly Murchison

Environmental Scientist

440 South Church Street, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28202-2075


Current Work

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


My work at HDR includes statistical analysis of left-censored environmental data, classification of hydrostratigraphic layers for groundwater modeling, and analysis of groundwater data over space and time.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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

§  Thesis:  Spatial 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

§ AutoCAD: georeferencing field data and editing maps

§ ArcGIS: spatial data analysis and map creation

§ ENVI: remote sensing and geospatial imagery analysis


Professional and Research Activities

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


American Language Center, Rabat, Morocco

English Teacher: October 2007 – August 2009

§  Taught English as a foreign language from beginning to advanced levels


American Home English School, Vladimir, Russia

English Teacher: August 2006 – July 2007

§  Developed curriculum for English grammar and communication instruction


US Embassy, Bern, Switzerland

Department of State Intern – Public Affairs Section:  September – December 2005

§  Edited and researched the Daily Press Summary, a Swiss news digest compiled for the DOS in Washington, DC

§  Translated cultural and political articles from French to English



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

Clean Water for Haiti /Hands Together of the Palm Beaches, Artibonite, Haiti

March 2013

§  Biosand filter production and delivery helper

§  Adult literacy project volunteer


Engineers Without Borders, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

September 2011-May 2013

§  Fundraising volunteer


Great Baikal Trail Project, Baikalskiy National Natural Reserve, Russia

August 2007

§  Trail builder