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Dr. Nelia Dunbar named Bureau Director and State Geologist Socorro, NM
October 17, 2016

Dr. Nelia Dunbar has been named as Director of the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources and State Geologist by New Mexico Tech president Steven Wells. Dr. Dunbar has had a long and distinguished career at the bureau as a geochemist and volcanologist and as manager of the bureau's Electron Microprobe Laboratory. Her research has taken her throughout New Mexico and the southwest, as well as Antarctica, New Zealand, Tibet, and Ethiopia.

For more information regarding this appointment, see the NMT press release.

Matt Heizler speaks about the age of the Earth for the Children's Hour on KUNM Albuquerque, NM
November 12, 2016

The KUNM Kids find out how to date Planet Earth on The Children's Hour. How old is the Earth, and how do scientists figure out the age of rocks? Geochronologist, Dr. Matt Heizler from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology at New Mexico Tech answers all these questions and many more, including how moon dust is involved in increasing our understanding.

Listen to the podcast of the interview from the 11/12/2016 radio show (the interview begins at around minutes into the show).

Lewis Land featured in GSA Today describing benefits of GSA membership Carlsbad, NM
October 10, 2016

Dr. Lewis Land, hydrogeologist and NMBGMR liason to the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, was featured in a recent GSA Today issue describing benefits of membership in the Geological Society of America.

Ron Gardiner passes away Questa, NM
September 25, 2016

Ron Gardiner, an advocate and supporter of the Bureau of Geology, recently passed away in his home in Questa, NM. Mr. Gardiner worked with us on numerous Decision Maker's conferences, and to help facilitate earth science discussions with legislators. Ron was also a recipient of the 2009 Earth Science Achievement Award.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday November 5, 12-3pm at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos.

Dr. Dan Lopez, former NMT president, inducted into NM Mining Hall of Fame Santa Fe, NM
September 20, 2016

On September 8, 2016 Dr. Dan Lopez, former NM Tech president, was inducted into the NM Mining Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Mining Association (NMMA) Annual Meeting in Santa Fe.

NMT student poster takes second place at AIPG meeting Santa Fe, NM
September 20, 2016

A poster titled "The Characterization of Abandoned Uranium Mines in New Mexico", by Ashlynne Winton, John Asafo-Akowuah, and Virginia T. McLemore took second place at the 2016 Annual National Conference of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) in Santa Fe. The first two authors are students being supervised by Virginia T. McLemore, Senior Economic Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources.

Healy Foundation grant to Aquifer Mapping Program Socorro, NM
September 15, 2016

Public-private partnership supports new efforts in groundwater level monitoring and aquifer mapping.

Bureau hydrogeology study covered by Taos News articles
September 12, 2016

"Study says there may be limits to sustainable growth south of Taos"

Perseid meteor shower: August 11-13
August 5, 2016

Predicted to be 200 meteors/hour — twice the normal rate!

Taos County honors Peggy Johnson with Community Service Award
June 29, 2016

On June 28, 2016, the Taos County Commissioners honored Bureau hydrogeologist Peggy Johnson with a Community Service Award for her 20 years of water-science work in the county.

Bulletin-161 wins John C. Frye Memorial Award for Evironmental Geology
June 1, 2016

Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, NM

Bureau Staff Present Papers at the National Groundwater Association Conference
February 29, 2016

On February 23-24, 2016, the National Groundwater Association Conference provided many presentations on the water resource challenges and potential solutions affecting the American Southwest. Among these presentations were four researchers from the Bureau. Dr. Geoffrey Rawling talked about the “Quantity and Location of Groundwater Recharge in the Sacramento Mountains,” followed soon after by Dr. Talon Newton discussing the “Sacramento Mountains Watershed Study: Can Thinning Trees Increase the Water Supply?”. Later in the program, Dr. Lewis Land presented a lively review of the “Brackish Water Recharge Rates in the Capitan Reef Aquifer.” Stacy Timmons presented an overview talk on “Characterizing Brackish Water in New Mexico.” The conference was attended by approximately 80 participants from various regions in the US, and other federal and New Mexico state agencies.

OFR-578 refines understanding of the geologic architecture within Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Questa, NM
February 16, 2016

A technical completion report for the village of Questa NM released as OFR-578, by the NM Bureau of Geology, in close collaboration with U.S. Geological Survey, refines our understanding of the geologic architecture of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

New study determines when the Valles caldera last erupted
January 25, 2016

A research team led by bureau geologist Dr. Matthew Zimmerer has determined that the youngest eruptions at Valles caldera occurred at about 68 and 74 thousand years ago. Valles caldera is a dormant supervolcano located in north-central New Mexico. Understanding the ages of the youngest series of eruptions has important implications for assessing the volcanic hazards as described in this recently published article. This research is part of a much larger project to understand the volcanic hazards throughout the region.

New Director and State Geologist, Matthew Rhoades, arrives at the Bureau of Geology
July 30, 2015

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is pleased to welcome Matthew J. Rhoades as it's new director.

Rockin' Around New Mexico Socorro and Magdalena, New mexico
July 15, 2015

Rockin’Around New Mexico, a geology workshop for K-12 teachers was held in Socorro on July 8-10, 2015. Twenty six teachers, mostly from New Mexico, attended this year to learn about the geology, water resources, and seismic history and risks of the local area.

Amy Trivitt-Kracke awarded a grant by NGGDPP to preserve petroleum data
June 8, 2015

The National Geological and Geophysical Data preservation Program (NGGDPP) awarded a grant to Amy Trivitt-Kracke, Petroleum Computer Specialist to to catalog and scan two unique petroleum data collections as part of the bureau's ongoing data preservation program.

Ronald F. Broadhead, Principal Senior Petroleum Geologist receives AAPG Distinguished Service Award
June 1, 2015

Ron Broadhead will be presented with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Service Award for his singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG at their Annual Meeting in Denver.

We've Moved!
May 13, 2015

It's official! On Friday May 8th the new Bureau of Geology building was dedicated to Jessie and Chuck Headen longtime supporters of New Mexico Tech.

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