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Bruce D. Allen

Bruce Allen
Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
1015 Tijeras Avenue NW, Suite 200
Albuquerque NM 87102-2909
(505) 366-2531

I conduct scientific research, provide information for planners, managers, and other groups or individuals, prepare geologic maps, and work with other geoscientists and educators in order to achieve a better understanding of earth science topics in New Mexico. I'm based in the Bureau's Albuquerque Office, and assist with requests for geological information and publication sales. Currently I am the science editor for the NMBGMR’s technical journal, New Mexico Geology.


  • B.S., 1986, Geology, University of New Mexico.
  • Ph.D., 1993, Geology, University of New Mexico. Late Quaternary lacustrine record of paleoclimate from Estancia basin, central New Mexico, USA.
Bruce in trench
Trench in lake-margin deposits associated with late Pleistocene Lake Otero, White Sands National Monument. Slightly younger deposits in nearby surface exposures contain an abundance of fossil tracks and trackways created by ice-age megafauna.

Specialties and Interests

  • Quaternary geology
  • Hydrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Geology of New Mexico

Recent Projects

  • Mapping, northeastern Socorro County (Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge) and eastern Bernalillo/southern Santa Fe/northern Torrance counties (East Mountains area).
  • Collaborative research, stratigraphic studies of Upper Paleozoic rocks, central New Mexico.
  • Tularosa basin, investigations of Quaternary deposits and features in the northern part of the basin (White Sands Missile Range) and White Sands National Monument.


Spring Mound
Small gypsum spring mound in northern Turlarosa basin. Dozens of similar spring mounds, some considerably large than this one, have formed in the area during the past few thousand years.
Image approved for public release by WSMR security review October 2014.