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Daniel Koning

 Daniel Koning
Sr. Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

I am a tenured, senior field geologist whose duties primarily entail: 1) geologic mapping, 2) providing the geologic and stratigraphic framework for hydrogeologic studies, 3) geohazards (mainly regarding paleoseismicity and landslide risk assessment), 4) assisting graduate students in their research, and 5) interfacing and communicating with the public and scientific community about research and other topics the NM Bureau of Geology deems relevant. My geologic mapping specializes in basin fill and Quaternary sediment in addition to landslides, faulting, and geomorphic features; but I also have gained much experience mapping volcanic rocks and Cretaceous strata. Constructing a geologic framework for hydrogeologic studies involves synthesizing geologic mapping, previous work, and well interpretation. In addition to communication relative to the aforementioned topics, I write and speak about my interests in fluvial evolution, fault evolution, and how tectonics and climate affect basin-fill stratigraphy and geomorphic processes.

Why I've Got Such a Cool Job!

My job allows me to tackle some really interesting geologic problems, such as where ancient rivers were located and when various fault lines were active, which in turn can be used to locate and describe modern groundwater aquifers and assess earthquake hazards. It's fun to interact with the public about geology. Plus, you can't beat field mapping — when you get to hike around somewhere in beautiful New Mexico and decipher thousands or millions of years of the Earth's history.

(See Curriculum Vitae)


  • M.S., 1999, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico
    Concentrations in Quaternary geology, paleoseismicity, and tectonic geomorphology.
    Thesis topic: Paleoseismicity and fault segmentation of the Alamogordo fault, southern New Mexico.
    Advisor: Dr. Frank J. Pazzaglia
  • B.S., 1994, Geology, University of California, Riverside

Professional Experience

  • New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
    • Field geologist (July, 2003, to present)
    • Contract Mapper (Summer of 1998 and June 1999-June 2003)
  • University of New Mexico
    • Teaching assistant (September 1996-May 1998): Physical Geology (EPS 105L) and Advanced Geomorphology (EPS 481L)
  • EMCON Burbank and San Bernardino offices in California
    • Staff geologist (November 1994-May 1996)
  • U.S. Geological Survey
    • Student intern (under the NAGT summer internship program, June-July of 1994)
  • University of California, Riverside
    • Student assistant to Dr. Stephen Wells (summers of 1992 and 1993)


  • Geologic mapping of basin fill and Quaternary deposits.
  • Interpreting sedimentary depositional environments, geomorphic processes, and depositional/erosional history from field-based study of outcrops and landforms — particularly those related to arid to semi-arid, intra-continental basins.
  • Integrating field-based studies with multi-disciplinary datasets to interpret tectonic and paleoclimatic controls on basin sedimentation, surface erosion, depositional facies distribution, and unconformities.
  • Stratigraphy of the Santa Fe Group in the Rio Grande rift.
  • Geomorphology of piedmonts
  • Landslide and rock fall mapping

Professional Affiliations

Graduate Students

  • Johnny Rae Hinojosa — Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico Tech
    Work-in-progress on Master's thesis related to subsurface stratigraphy along the Loma Blanca fault and implications for groundwater flow.
  • Eda Celep — Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico Tech
    MastersThesis: Lithofacies analysis of the Sierra Ladrones Formation near the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (southern Albuquerque Basin, N.M.): Implications for Cliff fault activity in the early Pleistocene Additional Advisors: Dave Love, Jolante Van Wijk, Gary Axen
  • Logan Roberts — Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico Tech
    Reconstructing the paleogeography and Laramide tectonic setting of the basin associated with the Cub Mountain Formation. Major advisor: Daniel Koning. Discontinued in June of 2016.