Monday, January 03, 2022

Ben Dejong, State Geologist of Vermont

Benjamin Dejong has been appointed Vermont State Geologist, effective today. Ben has for a decade been a hydrogeological consultant based in Montpelier, and he also spent a couple years teaching at Norwich University. Prior to consulting, Ben worked for eight years with the USGS, including work on Chesapeake Bay Geology. He holds a PhD from University of Vermont, and he also graduated from Calvin College and Utah State. Welcome, Ben!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Vicki Cowart steps down from Planned Parenthood

Vicki Cowart has stepped down as head of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains after 18 years in this role. Vicki was State Geologist of Colorado from 1992 to 2003, AASG President in 2001/2002, and AGI Campbell Medalist in 2010. Best wishes for your next career step, Vicki!

Friday, November 12, 2021

Mankin Award to Wyoming

The AASG Charles J. Mankin Award is given each year to the best recently-published, nominated state geological survey 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.

The 2021 AASG Mankin Award will be presented to Wyoming authors, for their publication: Lichtner, D.T., Toner, R.N., Wrage, J.M., and Lynds, R.M., 2020, Upper Cretaceous strata in the Powder River Basin—Formation tops database, structure and thickness contour maps, and associated well data: Wyoming State Geological Survey Open File Report 2020-9, 50 p.


Frye Award to New Mexico

The AASG/GSA John C. Frye Memorial Award recognizes the best recently-published, nominated state geological survey or GSA publication in environmental geology.

John C. Frye joined USGS in 1938, he went to the Kansas Geological Survey in 1942, he was its Director from 1945 to 1954, he was Chief of the Illinois State Geological Survey until 1974, and he was GSA Executive Director until his retirement in 1982, shortly before his death. John was active in AASG and on national committees, and was influential in the growth of environmental geology.

The 2021 Frye Award will be presented to New Mexico authors, for their publication: Rawling, G.C. and Rinehart, A.J., 2018, Lifetime projections for the High Plains Aquifer in east-central New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 162, 42p. 


Friday, November 05, 2021

State Geologist of Ohio, Mark Jones

On November 1st, Dalton (“Mark”) Oxner-Jones became the 15th State Geologist Of Ohio. Mark is the first African American State Geologist. He interned with the Ohio survey in 1996, at their former Lake Erie office in Sandusky, while completing his B.S. at Cleveland State and his M.S. at Kent State University. He then worked in the private sector before returning to ODNR in 2008 as the Lake Erie geologist. He became the supervisor of the Division’s H.R. Collins core laboratory at Alum Creek State Park in 2013. Additionally, Mark managed the Lake Erie program, OhioSeis seismic grid network, and underground salt mining leases for beneath Lake Erie. Welcome, Mark!

Mike Angle completes his time as State Geologist of Ohio

At the end of October, Mike Angle completed his time as 14th State Geologist of Ohio. Mike worked for 38 years in ODNR’s Division of Geological Survey and Division of Water. He also served as Geologist Supervisor for the Geologic Mapping and Industrial Minerals Group and Mapping Geologist for the Regional Geology Section.  He also held several positions with the ODNR Division of Water and authored more than 20 maps and more than a dozen articles and publications on various aspects of Ohio’s geology and hydrogeology.  Mike earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of Akron from 1974 to 1981, with a specialty in glacial geology and hydrogeology.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Marcia McNutt is the 2021 Campbell Medalist

AGI has announced that Marcia McNutt, geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences, is the 2021 recipient of the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, AGI's highest award. Marcia was Director of the USGS from 2009 to 2013, and among many other great achievements and contributions, she also has been President of AGU. 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, state geologist of California from 1959 to 1969, whose service to the profession touched virtually every facet of the geosciences.

Friday, October 08, 2021

Kansas Geological Survey seeks a director

The University of Kansas seeks a director for the Kansas Geological Survey. The successful candidate will provide visionary leadership, guiding the faculty, staff and students of this state survey and designated research center to its next phase of achievement.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

State Geologist of Louisiana, Clare Falcon

On September 20th, Clare Falcon will be State Geologist of Louisiana. Falcon has worked in Houston for BHP, and other companies, recently as a manager and geologist on Gulf of Mexico projects. She is originally from England, where she did her PhD at Leeds, and her bachelor’s in geology at Liverpool. Welcome Clare!