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Courtesy of Julian Stahl
Bedrock geologist joins Mapping Program Socorro, NM
June 30, 2020

The Bureau of Geology’s Geologic Mapping Program welcomes new bedrock field geologist and mapper Dr. Jacob Thacker. Dr. Thacker’s background includes broad experience researching the formation and timing of tectonic events in New Mexico and across the western United States.

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Courtesy of Alexander Gysi
New economic geologist joins Bureau/NMT Socorro, NM
June 19, 2020

Dr. Alexander Gysi joins both the New Mexico Bureau of Geology (NMBG) and New Mexico Tech’s (NMT) Earth and Environmental Science Department (E&ES) as an Economic Geologist and Assistant Professor. Dr. Gysi has an extensive academic background focused on fluid-rock interactions and the formation of deposits of rare earth elements (REEs) and critical minerals.

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Courtesy of Kristin Pearthree
Bureau lands substantial increase in STATEMAP funding Socorro, NM
June 15, 2020

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology’s (NMBG) Geologic Mapping Program received a cumulative award worth $399,242 from the United State Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP), a significant increase over previous years’ awards. The increase is in part the result of the new NCGMP STATEMAP Supplemental program that supports the development of large-scale compilation maps through the conversion of older legacy maps to a modern data format.

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Courtesy of Kevin Hobbs
Mapping Program welcomes new surficial geologist Socorro, NM
June 12, 2020

The Bureau of Geology welcomes Dr. Kevin Hobbs, who joins the Geologic Mapping Program as the new surficial field geologist and mapper. Dr. Hobbs has an extensive background in Cenozoic geology (65 million years ago to present time), soil formation processes, sedimentology and tectonics, and paleoclimate.

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Bureau to hold virtual Rockin’ Around New Mexico Socorro, NM
June 10, 2020

Calling all teachers! The New Mexico Bureau of Geology will host the 24th Annual Rockin’ Around New Mexico workshop virtually from July 6-10. The workshop will focus on volcanoes and their links to economic geology, history, and seismic activity in the state.

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NMT and Bureau collaborate on CarbonSAFE initiative San Juan County, NM
June 9, 2020

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) is receiving approximately $17.5 million of U.S. Department of Energy funding and additional $4.5 million cost share to study a geological storage complex located in northwest New Mexico.

Awarded through the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, the work will complete the detailed site characterization and CO2 capture assessment needed to obtain permitting for a planned integrated carbon capture and storage program at the San Juan Generating Station, an 847 megawatt coal-fired electricity generation plant located near Farmington, New Mexico.

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Courtesy of Amanda Doherty
New hydrogeologist/GIS specialist joins Aquifer Mapping Program Socorro, NM
June 1, 2020

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology’s Aquifer Mapping Program is excited to welcome new hydrogeologist and Geographic Information System (GIS) specialist Amanda Doherty. Amanda joins the program with a background in hydrogeochemistry and environmental consulting.

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Courtesy of Stephanie Roussel
Graduate student receives Kottlowski Award for joint NMT/Bureau project Socorro, NM
May 15, 2020

New Mexico Tech (NMT) graduate student Stephanie Roussel received the New Mexico Geological Society’s (NMGS) 2020 Frank E. Kottlowski Research Award worth $2,500 for her proposal “Riparian evapotranspiration recovery post-fire: using diurnal groundwater fluctuations and remote sensing to quantify phreatophyte interactions in a disturbed landscape.”

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Courtesy of Luke Martin
Bureau welcomes new senior petroleum geologist Socorro, NM
May 7, 2020

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology is excited to welcome new Senior Petroleum Geologist Luke Martin. Luke joins the Bureau with thirteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry.