Staff Directory

Lee Dalton

BS Geology, Geologist


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


Always one to contribute to a good cause, Lee keeps a close watch out for environmental criminals while visiting this site in Wales, UK.


Lee navigating rapids along the San Juan River near Mexican Hat, Utah.

Born in Rugby, England, Lee moved to the U.S. at the age of two. He grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago in DuPage County—a land of many lakes, rivers, trails, mastodons, and forest preserves. On the weekends, his parents would frequently take the family on nature excursions. “These adventures definitely instilled a love of the outdoors in me.”

In high school, Lee became very conscious of environmental issues when he learned of an EPA Superfund site in neighboring West Chicago that had contaminated the west branch of the DuPage River with thorium. “I had spent many fun weekends canoeing some of the same stretches of this river that I now realized were contaminated.” Determined to be a part of the solution, Lee began organizing cleanup efforts to remove litter from nearby rivers, creeks, and forests.

In 2000, Lee moved to New Mexico to study geology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. “After completing my degree, I wanted to work for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and map the geology of the state.” But as it turned out, those positions were few and far between.

Instead, Lee took a position as a field geologist with an environmental engineering company to work on the environmental restoration program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “This was my first gig on a rig and there was much to learn. We had five drilling rigs operating and twice as many subcontractors to manage all at once. My time and the people I worked with in Los Alamos taught me the importance of good communication, coordination, collecting good field notes, data, and samples, and basically how to stay two steps ahead of everything.”

In 2008, Lee brought his geological expertise and experience investigating and remediating environmentally impacted sites to INTERA. Always appreciative of the opportunity to get out into the field, he continues to lead drilling and sampling activities to delineate the nature and extent of impacts to soils, groundwater, and other environmental media from past industrial operations and waste disposal practices. He also regularly contributes to the planning, design, and implementation of methods and technologies to mitigate these impacts. “Ever since my high school days, I have been committed to helping make the world a cleaner and safer place to live by giving back in the best ways I can. Working at INTERA provides me with opportunities to be part of the solution. And you couldn’t ask for a more devoted group of people to work with.”

When he is off the clock, you can usually find Lee out walking his dogs along the Rio Grande, bicycling the many trails in the area, catching a concert in town, or out for a weekend of camping, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, photography, or rock hounding. He is also still known to head out on some of his rambles with a garbage bag in hand, ready to clean up a bit along the way.

A Cool Dinner Guest – David Byrne
Heroes – John Muir
Biggest Influences (besides parents) – David Attenborough & Marty Stouffer
Special Talent – I’m more of a jack of all trades, master of none
Secret Accomplishment(s) – handstand pushups
Favorite Movie – Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch)
Favorite Book – Still Life with Woodpecker (Tom Robbins)
Favorite Museum – Museo de Mumias (Guanajuato, Mexico)
Favorite Song – Bron-Y-Aur Stomp (Led Zeppelin)
Musician/Band you’d most like to see live – The Talking Heads
Favorite Vacation – Exploring Mayan ruins in the Yucatan
If I had one wish, it would be – To explore Chauvet cave
Children – 1.5 dogs