Thursday, December 05, 2019

National Geospatial Advisory Committee

DOI Assistant Secretary Tim Petty (L) and Federal Geographic Data Committee Executive Director Ivan DeLoatch (R) congratulate two Minnesotans, State Geologist Harvey Thorleifson and Pat Cummens of ESRI, upon completion of 6 years on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Digital Release of 3D Geology Synopsis

The 2019 Synopsis of Current 3D Geological Mapping and Modelling in Geological Survey Organizations is now available for download from the AGS website

Thursday, October 10, 2019

AGU CEO Announces Leadership Transition

"It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Chris McEntee, our CEO and executive director,
has informed us that she will be departing AGU at the end of the first quarter of 2020.  During her tenure, her remarkable leadership has positioned AGU as the leading voice and convener of Earth and space science globally. She has led key initiatives that have increased the relevance and value of Earth and space science to humanity. As a result of Chris’s efforts, AGU is stronger than ever, is well positioned for a vibrant and successful future, is celebrating its centennial year, and is creating its next strategic plan. The organization is poised for continued success."

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Erin Campbell, Wyoming Woman of Influence

State Geologist of Wyoming and Association of American State Geologists (AASG) Vice President Erin Campbell has been honored as a Wyoming Woman of Influence. She became State Geologist and Director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) in 2017. Previously she was Manager of Energy and Minerals Resources. Along with heading the WSGS, the Director serves on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) and the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG).  Erin Campbell has a B.A. in Geology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wyoming. Prior to working at WSGS, she worked for Chevron and as a lecturer at University of Wyoming. She is the first woman to be named Wyoming State Geologist.

State Geologist of Idaho, Claudio Berti

Geologist Claudio Berti was recently named director and state geologist at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS). Berti was hired in January 2019 as the survey's digital mapping and geographic information systems lab manager. Berti's career began in Italy, where he most notably served as survey geologist for the Italian Geologic Survey, as well as adjunct professor at the University of Chieti and consulting geologist with the Italian National Highway Agency. Berti came to the US in 2009 as a post-doc and adjunct professor of geology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where he later became director of field operations and the university's field camp program for students, as well as professor of practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In addition to his seven years at Lehigh, he spent two years as an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Sam Tuthill, State Geologist of Iowa, 1925-1919

Sam Tuthill died in Wheatland, IA in August at the age of 93. He was born in San Diego, and was raised in Chatham, New Jersey. He served in WWII with the US Army Air Corps. He graduated from Drew University, Syracuse University and the University of North Dakota. He specialized in Quaternary paleoecology in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Alaska. He taught geology at Muskingum College in Ohio and served as State Geologist and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey from 1969 to 1975. He also served as Science Advisor to the Secretary of Interior, Energy Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, and was appointed to the President’s Energy Resources Council. From 1977 to 1987, Sam held positions at Iowa Electric Light and Power Company in Cedar Rapids. He then consulted with his son John. In retirement, Sam enjoyed a home in northern Minnesota. He is survived by Connie, his wife of 67 years, and his family.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Casey Hanell will be Washington State Geologist

Casey Hanell will be Washington State Geologist in October. Casey leads and manages the Earth Sciences Program, which is responsible for all geologic and hydrologic consultation on DNR-managed lands. He started with DNR in 2002 working on slope stability assessments at a landscape level. Since then, most of his work has involved landslide risk assessments for proposed management activities (timber harvest and forest road construction). He spent two years as a silviculture forester performing and overseeing forest management activities from planting through final harvest. Casey received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Western Washington University in 2001 and 2011, respectively. He is a licensed Engineering Geologist in the State of Washington (No. 2771) and a "qualified expert" under the Washington Forest Practices Rules. In his spare time, Casey enjoys camping,  music, making pickles, and running. (

Dave Norman to complete his time as State Geologist of Washington

Dave Norman, State Geologist of Washington, will retire on October 1st, having served in this capacity with great distinction since 2009. Dave has worked for the DNR since 1989, initially in Surface Mine Reclamation. Prior to that, he worked for industry in metals and industrial minerals exploration, geothermal energy exploration, as well as in oil and gas. He also worked in the geotechnical field and has evaluated slope stability and landslide hazards at mine and building sites as well as for forestry. Dave worked for Amoco Minerals and Union Geothermal, in exploration throughout the western United States and Alaska. He also worked for Core Laboratories, on petroleum exploration and development in North America and internationally. He received a B.S. in Geology in 1978 from Portland State University, and an M.S. in Geology in 1983 from University of Utah.

Applications are being solicited for the position of Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey


Applications are being solicited for the position of Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS). The OGS is located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma, and is under the direction and supervision of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. Organizationally, the OGS is located within the Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, which also includes the School of Geology & Geophysics and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum & Geological Engineering. The Director of the OGS reports administratively to the Dean, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy. If appropriate, the successful candidate may hold a dual appointment as a faculty member within the College as an Associate or Full Professor. Candidates should hold a doctorate or have the equivalent experience in geology, geophysics or a closely related field. Prior experience with a public agency, such as the OGS, would be beneficial.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Mankin Award to Indiana

The AASG Mankin Award recognizes the best nominated state geological survey publication in regional, energy, or mineral resource geology, with an emphasis on surface or subsurface geologic mapping, compilations, and associated reports. The 2019 Mankin Award has been presented to Indiana authors, for The Bedrock Geology of Bartholemew County, Hasenmueller, W. A., and Rupp, R. F, 2018. Published by the Indiana Geological and Water Survey.