Thursday, May 15, 2014

Job opening for offshore sand resource characterization in Delaware

Research Associate III, Delaware Geological Survey

The Delaware Geological Survey, located at the University of Delaware, invites applications for a full-time, limited term (2 year) position to participate in an offshore sand resource characterization and geologic mapping project focused on the Atlantic offshore Delaware.  We are seeking an energetic, motivated  scientist  to develop and implement a research plan for offshore geologic mapping, to include sand resource identification and quantification. Experience in the collection, compilation, and interpretation of seismic data, sediment core, seafloor texture, and seafloor morphology are desirable. The position also requires the analysis and interpretation of complex data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database management, and the development of metadata.  Opportunities for collaboration exist with scientists in the College of Earth, Oceans, and the Environment (CEOE) who are conducting research relevant to the objectives of this project. The successful candidate will also be expected to prepare reports, and coordinate and communicate with cooperating partners by presenting findings related to potential sand resources, and interact with Federal, State, and private partners for data sharing and transfer.  The position requires a Bachelor’s degree and four years’ experience, or Master’s degree and two years’ experience, or Doctorate, in geology or related field with concentration in marine geology, geologic mapping, seismic stratigraphy, or resource analysis.

The position requires work at a computer work station in an office setting, in a sample processing and examination laboratory, and possible field work aboard a marine research vessel in open ocean conditions.  Job requires some physically demanding work outdoors in hot/cold/wet conditions, including lifting samples and equipment up to 50 pounds.  Travel to attend meetings with collaborators, perform field work, and present research in professional forums is required.

Applications can be filed at:

For more information contact UD Human Resources at:
413 Academy Street
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Office: (302) 831-2171
Fax: (302) 831-6788

Monday, May 12, 2014

AASG 106th anniversary

“The founding meeting [of the Association of American State Geologists] was held May 12, 1908, in Washington, D.C. The USGS was the host and arranged the meeting space and train transportation expenses to and from the meeting for the state geologists who attended. The first elected officers were: Chairman: Henry B. Kummel (New Jersey), Secretary: H. Foster Bain (Illinois), and Executive Committeeman: Joseph H. Pratt (North Carolina)." 

From:  Association of American State Geologists Centennial History: 1908-2008.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Ian Campbell Medal to Jim Davis, former State Geologist of California and New York

It is my great honor and pleasure to inform you that the 2014 Ian Campbell Medalist is Dr. James F. Davis.

The Ian Campbell Medal is given in recognition of singular performance in and contribution 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. Dr. Campbell was a most uncommon man of remarkable accomplishment and widespread influence. In his career as a geologist, educator, administrator, and public servant, he was noted for his candor and integrity.   [Photo credit, Calif. Dept. of Conservation]

Dr. Davis has demonstrated an exemplary career as a professional geologist in public service for 50 years.

Jim commenced his long service career as an Associate Scientist at the New York State Geological Survey in 1963.  Five years later, he was appointed State Geologist of New York, a position he held successfully for the next decade (1968 – 1978).  While in this position, Jim demonstrated the importance of geology and seismology as critical fields in the siting of nuclear power plants and associated waste disposal facilities. 

In 1978, Jim resigned his position in New York to become the 19th California State Geologist, following a tradition that began in 1850 with the first State Geologist, John Boardman Trask.  Jim proved to be the longest serving California State Geologist, with 25 years (1978 – 2003) of creative and honorable service.  Under Jim’s determined leadership, the then California Division of Mines and Geology greatly expanded its scope of programs from the traditional mining and mineral resources, and regional geologic mapping, into the ever widening and complex fields of geological hazards, earthquake engineering and strong motion seismology, and quantitative seismic hazards assessments.  During Jim’s tenure he oversaw the passage and implementation of the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act (1990), which today has mapped liquefaction and landslide hazards covering 119  7½ - Minute Quadrangles (7,400 square miles) affecting over 150 communities.

Jim has been a strong advocate for modern seismic monitoring systems as a tool for locating earthquakes and measuring their size, and for acquiring ground motion data for use by structural engineers to make structures more earthquake resilient.  In 1971 the California Legislature adopted the Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) to monitor the effects of earthquake strong motion on structures.  The information gathered by this program directly affects the California Building Code.  Under Jim’s guidance, the SMIP became the largest strong motion state monitoring network in the United States, today with over 1,200 stations and 8,500 instruments in place. 

Somewhere in Jim’s busy schedule, he found time to be the Chair or President of nine geological organizations, including President of the Association of American State Geologists (1985) and President of the American Geological Institute (1987).  He, also, has been awarded five Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service awards.

The Campbell Medal holds special significance for AASG, due to the role that Ian Campbell played in AASG, and due to the respect and admiration that the AASG community felt for Ian. AASG therefore was active in its establishment, and remains active in its support. 

Please join me in sending your Congratulations to Dr. James F. Davis for this outstanding and most deserved recognition. 

Thanks, Jim, for all you’ve done!

John G. Parrish, Ph. D., PG
California State Geoloigst