Staff Directory

Clark Short

MS Geochemistry, Geologist/Geochemist


INTERA Incorporated
6000 Uptown Blvd NE,
Suite 220
Albuquerque, NM 87110 USA


Clark cataloging soil samples as part of an investigation at a former landfill site in New Mexico.


Clark trying his hand at the lap steel guitar.

Clark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, City of Champions. At the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), he was drawn from his intended major of biology to the boulder-strewn field of geology. While at CWRU, Clark joined WRUW-FM as a lowly heavy metal DJ extraordinaire. Eventually, he became General Manager of WRUW, but with the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio (and the fact that Iron Maiden hadn’t released a decent album in 20 years), he opted to go to graduate school rather than pursue a career in heavy metal radio.

Clark moved to Socorro, New Mexico to pursue a master’s degree in geochemistry at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (known globally as “Tech”). He worked in the New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory with Dr. Matt Heizler and Dr. Bill McIntosh of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. “When I wasn’t duck hunting or trying to keep my car running, I spent my time validating a method of modeling argon diffusion in alkali feldspars to calculate continuous thermochronologies.”

Despite competitive job offers from virtually all of the world’s leading alkali feldspar geochronology companies, Clark decided to join INTERA after graduating in 2012 as a staff geologist and geochemist. “INTERA’s emphasis on mine reclamation and groundwater chemistry aligned with my interests in radiochemistry, wetlands conservation, and getting out of the office to do some field work.”

At INTERA, Clark’s work has primarily been focused on field activities, geochemical data analysis, and database management. As a field geologist, he can frequently be found traveling around New Mexico to sample environmental media (groundwater, surface water, soil, and air), install vapor or groundwater monitoring wells, and perform operation and maintenance activities on remediation and landfill gas extraction systems.

“One of things I enjoy most about my role as a project geochemist is providing timely and accurate geochemical data analysis to aid in our client’s internal decision making and to address regulatory issues.” In addition, Clark manages several databases, containing hundreds of thousands of records spanning several decades, which enable INTERA scientists and engineers to produce robust geochemical data analysis quickly and efficiently.

Outside of work, Clark is an avid concert-goer, waterfowl hunter, mechanic, and amateur musician.

Dream Dinner Guest – Ronnie James Dio
Hero – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Biggest Influence – My father, first person to ever fire Clark from a job
Special Talent - Mandolin
Secret Accomplishment(s) – Swapped my engine and transmission
Favorite Movie – Network
Favorite Book – The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)
Favorite Museum – Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Favorite Song – Mr. Gold and Mr. Mud (Townes Van Zandt)
Musician/Band you’d most like to see live – Townes Van Zandt
Favorite Vacation – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
If I had one wish, it would be – To live abroad for a year
Place of birth – Pittsburgh, PA