Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Scott Howard, State Geologist of South Carolina

In 2020, C. Scott Howard was appointed State Geologist of South Carolina, upon the retirement of Bill Clendenin, who had fulfilled the role since 1995. Scott holds a B.S. degree from Washington and Lee University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Delaware. His expertise is in structural geology of the Appalachian Piedmont, and GIS. Scott has been with the state since 2000.

Jessica Moore, State Geologist of West Virginia

On January 1st, 2021, Jessica Moore was appointed Director and State Geologist, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. Previously, since 2011, Jessica has been Program Manager, Applied Oil and Gas at the West Virginia survey in Morgantown. Her prior service includes over three years at North Carolina Geological Survey, and education mostly at West Virginia University, where Jessica was a Chesapeake Energy Scholar. Jessica is taking over after the service of Mitch Blake, who had been Director since the retirement of Mike Hohn in 2018.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

2021 AASG - Pick and Gavel Award to Dr. Elizabeth Eide

2021 AASG Pick and Gavel Award recipient Elizabeth Eide, acting executive director for the National Academy Division on Earth and Life Studies, has contributed tremendously in facilitating the role that geology plays in society.  She has directed 11 consensus studies of the National Academies on topics including critical minerals, disaster resilience, induced seismicity, coalbed methane, and floodplain mapping as a senior program officer between 2005 and 2012.  From 1993-2005, she served as a research geologist, team leader, and geochronology laboratory manager at the Geological Survey of Norway in Trondheim. Among her publications are more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  She received a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway and was elected to membership in the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.  She completed a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University and received a B.A. in geology from Franklin and Marshall College. 


David Wunsch is President of AGI

Dr. David R. Wunsch is the State Geologist and Director of the Delaware Geological Survey. Previously was the State Geologist of New Hampshire (2000-2010), and Director of Science & Technology (2010-2011) for the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). He has held leadership positions with the Association of American State Geologists (President 2009-2010), NGWA (Division Director 2002-2005), and AGI (Secretary 2002-2004). Dr. Wunsch was AGI's first Congressional Science Fellow (1988-1999), where he advised the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy & Minerals. He has served on National Academy of Science committees, and federal advisory committees for the U.S. Geological Survey. He holds an affiliated faculty position with the University of Delaware Department of Earth Sciences. His areas of interest include hydrogeology and geochemistry, and science and policy.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Bill Clendenin retires as South Carolina State Geologist

Charles William (Bill) Clendenin, Jr. has completed 25 years as South Carolina State Geologist. He holds a B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University, an M.S. from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology, and a Ph.D. from University of the Witwatersrand. His geological expertise is in structural styles of faulting and reactivation, depositional systems and sequence stratigraphy, regional basin analysis and studies of syndepositional tectonics with emphasis on rifting and basin inversion, as well as movement of fluids in sedimentary basins.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Vicki McConnell named an AAAS Fellow

Vicki McConnell, Executive Director of the Geological Society of America, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, in recognition of outstanding research, leadership, project management and service to the community in geology and volcanology. Vicki was State Geologist of Oregon from 2003 to 2015. She was AASG Secretary from 2007 to 2009, VP in 2009/2010, President Elect in 2010/2011, President in 2011/2012, and Past President in 2012/2013. Vicki received her Ph.D. in geology/volcanology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995.  She has also been a Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Adjunct Professor of Geology at Eastern Oregon University.

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Frye Award to Missouri

The AASG/GSA Frye Award recognizes the best nominated state geological survey & GSA publications in environmental geology. The 2020 Frye Award has been presented to the James W. Duley and Cecil Boswell of the Missouri Geological Survey for the report “Revised Recharge Areas of Selected Large Springs in the Big Four Region of the Ozarks”.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Jamie Robertson receives the Campbell Medal

AGI has announced that Jamie Robertson, State Geologist of Wisconsin from 1993 to 2015, is the 2020 Campbell Medal recipient. Jamie played a steadfast role in AASG Liaison, he was the 96/97 AASG Secretary, and he worked his way up to 99/00 AASG President. He also held leadership roles with AGI and GSA, and other bodies. Prior to his service in Wisconsin, he was with New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Hudson's Bay Oil & Gas Co. Ltd., and Michigan Tech. He holds degrees from Carleton College and Michigan. The Campbell Medal is given in recognition of singular performance in and contributions to the profession of geology. Candidates are measured against the distinguished career of Ian Campbell, whose service to the profession touched virtually every facet of the geosciences.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Mankin Award to Delaware

The 2020 AASG Mankin Award recipient is the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) for their publication: “The Geologic Map of Offshore Delaware” by C. Robin Mattheus, Kelvin W. Ramsey and Jamie L. Tomlinson.  The Charles J. Mankin Award is an annual AASG award given to a nominated geological map, compilation, or report on regional, energy, or mineral resource geology. The award honors Charles Mankin (1932-2012), who as Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey for forty years (1967-2007) was a tireless advocate for geologic mapping. Here is a link to the map: