Golden Software customers possess a broad assortment of backgrounds, from earth science and engineering to education and politics. This vast background results in a variety of uses for Golden Software's products. Each customer uses our software in their own unique way, and we are pleased to share these stories. This week on our blog, we're featuring the work of cave enthusiast and Grapher user Dr. Sarah Truebe. Sarah is currently the Cave Resource Manager of Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona. She used Grapher when writing her PhD dissertation to analyze climate data extracted from speleothems (stalagmites and other cave minerals) in Arizona. By doing so, she was able to reveal changes in meteorological patterns in the region over the past 7,000 years, and highlight some important patterns in cave hydrology.Sarah became interested in caves at a young age, recalling caving trips with her dad and enjoying the feeling of using her whole body to climb, crawl, slither, and otherwise move through the cave environment. "It's fun, it's beautiful, and it's a place that not many people really seek out," she says. This interest persisted through adulthood, and she now is learning to use the vertical rope equipment required for cave rescue, as well as taking a number of cave rescue training classes.
Sarah relied most heavily on Grapher for a massive calibration study designed to better understand the precise relationship between climate and speleothems by using modern cave measurements. She initially used MATLAB with Illustrator and Photoshop to make her graphs, but struggled to make attractive figures due to the steep learning curve of these programs and the complexity of her data. Thankfully, some earlier good fortune changed all that:"I remembered I had won a copy of Grapher as an award for a "Best Poster" at the University of Arizona's GeoDaze conference a few years previously, and I figured I should just boot it up to see how steep the learning curve would be. I was SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED that graphing was intuitive, and if there was something I wanted to see on the graph, or some format change I wanted to make, it was so easy to use the online documentation to figure out how to do it. AND, when I got stuck, the customer service at Golden Software was amazingly responsive! I pretty much tell everyone now how amazing Golden Software is."
We appreciate your kind words, Sarah!
Kartchner Caverns State Park website.