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Justine Overacker

Program: Student Career Program

Year: 2018

Mentor: David Phillips and Christine Puskas


Student Assistant in Geodetic Data Services

About Justine

Justine grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Nevada to earn her BS in Geophysics from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in May 2012 with academic minors in Geology, Hydrogeology, and Mathematics. After graduation, she was recruited by the exploration industry and accepted a Field Geophysicist position onboard a seismic vessel. There, she spent up to 300 days a year floating around the ocean in such exotic locations as East Africa, West Africa, Nova Scotia, and the Gulf of Mexico, and training in exciting places like Abu Dhabi, Norway, and Houston. Justine came back home to Reno after the oil and gas downturn in 2015, and transitioned into the role of electromagnetic geophysical technician before returning to UNR in Fall 2016 to pursue her PhD in Geophysics. At UNAVCO, Justine’s project focused on time series steps, where she tested various offset estimation strategies, and built a comprehensive step table using PBO and Nevada Geodetic Laboratory data. In her off time, Justine enjoys traveling, watching movies, riding her motorcycle, playing with her rescue pups, and the regular comforts of home and family.