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Andrew Jochems

Andrew P. Jochems
Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6213
(575) 835-6333 fax

Andy Jochems is a field geologist with the Geologic Mapping Program at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. His primary responsibilities include mapping and preparing ArcGIS geodatabases for 1:24,000-scale geologic maps of STATEMAP quadrangles. His mapping in south-central New Mexico focuses on late Cenozoic basin-fill of the Rio Grande rift as well as Eocene-Oligocene volcanics and Paleozoic stratigraphy. Andy conducts research related to his mapping projects, particularly on basin-fill architecture and late Pleistocene- Holocene deposits.

In 2017, Andy was named co-chair of New Mexico Geological Society publications, a position that involves helping with annual meetings and coordinating future publications to be released by the Society. He also serves on the Lite Geology board and writes technology/science movie reviews for this biannual publication.

Education

  • M.S. Geology2013, Utah State University, Logan, UT
    Thesis: Formation, deformation, and incision of Colorado River terraces upstream of Moab, Utah
    Advisor: Dr. Joel L. Pederson
  • B.S. Environmental Science2011, summa cum laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    Advisor: Dr. Laura J. Crossey
    Senior Thesis: Mixing between an alpine river and hydrothermal springs: Controls on water quality and solute loading in the Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, NM

Research Interests

  • Fluvial and tectonic geomorphology of the Colorado Plateau and southern Rockies
  • Cenozoic geology of the southern Rio Grande rift
  • Quaternary faulting in New Mexico

Work History

  • Field GeologistSeptember 2013 - Present
    New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM
    • Producing 1:24,000 geologic maps under the STATEMAP program
    • Updating NM Quaternary faults and folds database (with USGS)
    • Conducting research on architecture of rift-basin sedimentary deposits
  • Graduate Teaching and Research AssistantAugust 2011 - July 2013
    Utah State University, Logan, UT
    • Taught undergraduate geomorphology labs and aided summer field camp
    • Performed geochronologic analyses on sediment in the USU Luminescence Lab
  • Student Technical SpecialistJune 2010 - June 2011
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    • Demonstrated and supervised water quality sample collection by students
    • Processed water samples in the UNM Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Volunteer Assistant Cross Country CoachJune 2009 - November 2010
    Eldorado High School, Albuquerque, NM
    • Coordinated practices and competitive meets for large groups
    • Mentored and helped young runners to develop athletic and life goals
  • Contractor TechnicianJune 2008 - May 2010
    U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque, NM
    • Constructed, surveyed, and measured surface water gages
    • Updated national database (NWIS) with thousands of groundwater records

Teaching Experience

Utah State University Teaching Assistant

  • GEO 4700 Geologic Field Methods — Fall 2011
    • Aided instructor in logistical aspects (e.g., map production, project planning) of bi-weekly, field-based course
    • Provided support for juniors and seniors in mapping of local geology and intensive scientific writing
  • GEO 5200 Geology Field Camp — Summers 2012, 2013
    • Constructed logistical framework (e.g., food and travel) for 15-20 students/instructors for field excursions up to 3 weeks long
    • Aided juniors and seniors on projects spanning sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, igneous/metamorphic petrology, and process geomorphology
  • GEO 3600 Geomorphology — Fall 2012
    • Updated and adapted lab curriculum for sophomore, junior, and senior students from Geology, Engineering, and Natural Resources
    • Led two 3-hour lab sessions/week, emphasizing both qualitative (e.g., surficial mapping) and quantitative (e.g., flume hydraulics) approaches

Awards, Honors, & Scholarships

Utah State University

  • Peter R. McKillop Scholarship (2012)
  • Geology Benchmark Society Award (2011-2013)

University of New Mexico

  • B.S. Environmental Science, summa cum laude (2011)
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences Outstanding B.S. Environmental Science Graduate (2011)
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences V.C. Kelley / Estwing Outstanding Field Geologist (2011)
  • Roger Y. Anderson Outstanding Continuing B.S. Environmental Science Student (2010)

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (2010-present)
  • Geological Society of America (2012-present)
  • New Mexico Geological Society (2011-present)

Publications

(see Full CV for more details)

Completed Theses

  1. Jochems, A.P., 2013, Formation, deformation, and incision of Colorado River terraces upstream of Moab, Utah [M.S. thesis]: Logan, Utah State University, 193 p.
  2. Jochems, A.P., 2011, Mixing between an alpine river and hydrothermal springs: Controls on water quality and solute loading in the Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, NM [B.S. senior thesis]: Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, 36 p.

Peer Reviewed Papers

  1. Koning, D.J., Jochems, A.P., Morgan, G.S., Lueth, V., and Peters, L., 2016, Stratigraphy, gravel provenance, and age of early Rio Grande deposits exposed 1-2 km northwest of downtown Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in Frey, B.A., Karlstrom, K.E., Lucas, S.G., Williams, S., Ziegler, K., McLemore, V., and Ulmer-Scholle, D.S., eds., Geology of the Belen Area: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 67, p. 459-478.
  2. Jochems, A.P., and Koning, D.J., 2015, Holocene stratigraphy and a preliminary geomorphic history for the Palomas Basin, south-central New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 37, n. 4, p. 77-88.
  3. Jochems, A.P., and Pederson, J.L., 2015, Active salt deformation and rapid, transient incision along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah: Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, v. 120, no. 4, p. 730-744, doi: 10.1002/2014JF003169.
  4. Yang, X., Scuderi, L., Liu, T., Paillou, P., Li, H., Dong, J., Zhu, B., Jiang, W., Jochems, A., and Weissmann, G., 2011, Formation of the highest sand dunes on Earth: Geomorphology, v. 135, p. 108-116, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.08.008.

Geologic Maps

  1. Jochems, A.P., and Koning, D.J., 2016, Geologic map of the Saladone Tank 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 259, scale 1:24,000.
  2. Jochems, A.P., 2015, Geologic map of the Williamsburg NW 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 251, scale 1:24,000.
  3. Jochems, A.P., and Koning, D.J., 2015, Geologic map of the Williamsburg 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 250, scale 1:24,000.
  4. Koning, D.J., Jochems, A.P., and Cikoski, C.T., 2015, Geologic map of the Skute Stone Arroyo 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 252, scale 1:24,000.
  5. Jochems, A.P., Kelley, S.A., Seager, W.R., Cikoski, C.T., and Koning, D.J., 2014, Geologic map of the Hillsboro 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 242, scale 1:24,000.
  6. Koning, D.J., and Jochems, A.P., 2014, Geologic map of the Benavidez Ranch 7.5-minute quadrangle, Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 234, scale 1:24,000.
  7. Koning, D.J., Jochems, A.P., Kelley, S.A., McLemore, V.T., and Cikoski, C.T., 2014, Geologic map of the Monticello 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra and Socorro Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-file Geologic Map 245, scale 1:24,000.

Selected Abstracts & Presentations

  1. Jochems, A.P., Haller, K.M., and Koning, D.J., 2016, An updated map of Quaternary faults and folds in New Mexico: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, no. 7, doi:10.1130/abs/2016AM-280631.
  2. Jochems, A.P., Koning, D., Monger, C., and Love, D., 2015, Late Holocene alluviation in the Palomas basin, south-central New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, 2015 Annual Meeting, Proceedings Volume, p. 26. Koning, D.J., Aby, S.B., Jochems, A., Chamberlin, R., Lueth, V., and Peters, L., 2015, Relating ca. 5 Ma coarse sedimentation in the Rio Grande rift to tectonics, climate, and inter-basin fluvial spillover of the ancestral Rio Grande: New Mexico Geological Society, 2015 Annual Meeting, Proceedings Volume, p. 28.
  3. Jochems, A.P., and Pederson, J.L, 2013, Incision and salt deformation along the incising Colorado River and its tributaries north of Moab, Utah: Geological Society of America, 125th Annual Meeting, 2013 Program, v. 45, no. 7, p. 57.
  4. Jochems, A.P., and Pederson, J.L, 2012, Linkages of fluvial terrace formation and geometry to Milankovitch-scale climate change revealed by the chronostratigraphy of the Colorado River above Moab, UT, and regional correlations: Abstract EP53C-1051 presented at 2012 Fall meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.
  5. Jochems, A.P., Sherson, L.R., Crossey, L.J., and Karlstrom K.E, 2010, Predictive analysis of geochemical controls in an alpine stream: Abstract H31D-1041 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.