Hi there. I have a magazine journalism degree from Ball State (2004) and have made most of my contacts in this industry through people I know and not through monster.com, journalismjobs.com or job fairs. I'm still pretty new at this but am a good reporter even though not an expert in any certain field. Lately, my writing has focused on content for surfaceandpanel.com and iwpawood.org, two very different trade magazines within the wood products industry.
I don't really even know why hydrology is, but I assume controlling water in Arizona is quite necessary. My Surface & Panel editor's spouse has plans to move (back) to the Phoenix area within a few years to start a hydroponics-based urban ag community like this one in Milwaukee. Let me know what kinds of ideas you're looking for. I'd say the easiest way to offer up your knowledge to anyone seeking it has to be a blog. A good, old-fashioned query letter can still work for magazines, but the pay rate is way down since five years ago. Thanks for writing!