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Colin Cikoski

Colin Cikoski
In the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces, NM
Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
575-835-5151
(575) 835-6333 fax

Colin is a field geologist and GIS/spatial data analyst for the STATEMAP, Geologic Hazards, and Aquifer Mapping Programs. His mapping experience includes quadrangle-scale work in the southern Rio Grande rift, southeastern Colorado Plateau, and the Delaware basin, and includes experience with rocks ranging from Permian carbonates and evaporite strata through Mesozoic clastic sedimentary rocks to upper Cenozoic rift-related sediments and volcanic rocks. For the hazards program, he provides geologic mapping and quantitative spatial data analyses for state-wide to site-specific assessments of hazard potentials including mass movement susceptibility and karst hazard potentials. For the Aquifer Mapping Program, his work focuses on processing GIS data for constructing 3D models of the subsurface hydrogeology of aquifer systems across the state. He also has experience providing geologic/hydrogeologic and GIS/CAD support for NEPA permitting projects, groundwater modeling studies, and environmental site characterizations in areas of proposed new mine development, active mine closure, and mine reclamation in Idaho and Nevada.

Education

Professional Experience

  • Field Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM: 2010-2013 and 2015-present
  • Geologist/Hydrogeologist II, Brown and Caldwell, Boise, Idaho: 2013-2015

Research Interests

  • Environmental and engineering geology
  • Application of spatial data analysis and geostatistics to geologic and hydrogeologic problems
  • Interrelations between the sedimentary, volcanic, and structural evolution of rift basins

Current projects

  • STATEMAP geologic mapping in and around the Permian Delaware basin
  • STATEMAP geologic mapping of the Rio San Jose corridor from circa Grants-Milan to the Rio Puerco confluence, and along the Rio Grande corridor from San Antonio to Truth or Consequences
  • Construction and evaluation of 3-dimensional models of aquifer systems throughout the state of New Mexico

Past projects

  • Mapping deep-seated landslide susceptibility across the state using logistic regression modeling
  • Mapping geology and karst features and evaluating karst hazard potential in support of geotechnical evaluations
  • STATEMAP geologic mapping of the northern Sacramento Mountains
  • Field geologist, GIS/CAD technician, and drilling oversight for environmental investigations and baseline assessments for various proposed, active, and closed mine sites in Idaho and Nevada (while with Brown and Caldwell)

Courses Taught

  • Field Methods in Earth Science (co-instructor for portions of the course; formerly a teaching assistant while a graduate student)
  • Introduction to Soils (teaching assistant while a graduate student)
  • Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (teaching assistant while a graduate student)

Professional Affiliations

  • Idaho licensed professional geologist PGL-1495
  • Geological Society of America
  • New Mexico Geological Society

Select Publications and Presentations

(also see full CV)

Journal articles

  1. Kelley, SA, Koning, DJ, Goff, F, Cikoski, CT, Peters, L, and McIntosh, W. 2014. Stratigraphy of the northwestern Sierra Blanca volcanic field: New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook 65, pp. 197-208.
  2. Koning, DJ, Cikoski, CT, and Dunbar, NW. 2013. Deciphering local landscape stability and surficial processes at a paleovalley margin during a pluvial-interpluvial transition, central New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook 64, pp. 181-198.
  3. Cikoski, CT and Harrison, RW. 2012. Stratigraphic and structural development of the southern Winston graben, Rio Grande rift, southwestern New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook 63, pp. 447-456.
  4. Morgan, GS, Iander, EB, Cikoski, CT, Chamberlin, RM, Love, DW, and Peters, L. 2009. The oreodont Merychyus major major (Mammalia: Ariodactyla: Oreodontidae) from the Miocene Popotosa Formation, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, New Mexico: New Mexico Geology, v. 31, pp. 91-103.

Reports

  1. Land, L., Cikoski, C., McCraw, D., and Veni, G., 2018, Karst Geohazards and Geophysical Survey: US Highway 285, Eddy County, New Mexico: National Cave and Karst Institute Report of Investigation 7, 50 p., 3 appendices.
  2. Cikoski, C.T., and Koning, D.J., 2017, Deep-seated landslide susceptibility map of New Mexico: report to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, December 15, published as New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-File Report OFR-594, 87 p., 1 plate, 8 digital appendices.
  3. Rinehart, A.J., Cikoski, C.T., Mansell, M.M., and Love, D.W., 2017, Collapsible soil susceptibility map for New Mexico (1:750,000) based on multiple proxies: report to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, December 15, published as New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Open-File Report OFR-593, 67 p., 3 plates, 1 digital appendix.

Geologic maps

  1. Cikoski, C.T., Drakos, P.G., and Riesterer, J., 2017, Geologic map of the McCartys 7.5-minute quadrangle, Cibola County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-File Geologic Map OF-GM-265, scale 1:24,000.
  2. Cikoski, C.T., Nelson, W.J., Koning, D.J., Elrick, S., and Lucas, S.G., 2017, Geologic map of the Black Bluffs 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-File Geologic Map OF-GM-262, scale 1:24,000.
  3. Cikoski, C.T., Drakos, P.G., and Riesterer, J., 2016, Geologic map of the Cubero 7.5-minute quadrangle, Cibola County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-File Geologic Map OF-GM-256, scale 1:24,000.
  4. Cikoski, C.T., 2016, Geologic map of the Casa Colorada 7.5-minute quadrangle, Valencia and Socorro Counties: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-File Geologic Map OF-GM-255, scale 1:24,000.
  5. Cikoski, CT and Koning, DJ. 2013. Geologic map of the Huerfano Hill 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-243, scale 1:24,000.
  6. Cikoski, CT, Roth, SJ, and Osburn, RO. 2013. Geologic map of the Cienega Ranch 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra and Socorro Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-239, scale 1:24,000.
  7. Cikoski, CT. 2013. Geologic map of the Grants SE 7.5-minute quadrangle, Cibola County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-241, scale 1:24,000.
  8. Timmons, JM and Cikoski, CT. 2012. Geologic map of the San Rafael 7.5-minute quadrangle, Cibola County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-232, scale 1:24,000.
  9. Harrison, RW and Cikoski, CT. 2012. Geologic map of the Winston 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-230, scale 1:24,000.
  10. Cikoski, CT, Harrison, RW, Koning, DJ, and Jahns, RH. 2012. Geologic map of the Iron Mountain 7.5-minute quadrangle, Sierra County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-229, scale 1:24,000.
  11. Cikoski, CT. 2012. Geologic map of the San Antonio SE 7.5-minute quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-228, scale 1:24,000.
  12. Zeigler, KE, Cikoski, CT, Drakos, PG, and Riesterer, J. 2012. Geologic map of the Grants 7.5-minute quadrangle, Cibola County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-224, scale 1:24,000.
  13. Cikoski, CT, Koning, DJ, and Connell, SD. 2012. Geologic map of the La Mesita Negra 7.5-minute quadrangle, Bernalillo County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-223, scale 1:24,000.
  14. Cikoski, CT, Koning, DJ, Kelley, SA, and Zeigler, KE. 2011. Geologic map of the Church Mountain 7.5-minute quadrangle, Lincoln County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-215, scale 1:24,000.
  15. Chamberlin, RM and Cikoski, CT. 2010. Preliminary geologic map of the Indian Well Wilderness 7.5-minute quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map OF-GM-201, scale 1:24,000.

Presentations

  1. Cikoski, C.T., Timmons, S.S., and Rinehart, A.J., 2018, Developing 3-dimensional GIS models for visualizing aquifer systems in New Mexico [talk]: National Groundwater Association Conference, February 26th, Albuquerque.
  2. Koning, D.J., Rinehart, A.J., Cikoski, C.T., and Love, D.W., 2017, NM Statewide Hazard Susceptibility Maps Seminar, presented at the New Mexico Natural History Museum, November 8, to representatives of multiple Federal, State, County, and Tribal entities.
  3. Cikoski, C.T., 2016, Preliminary observations of the Plio-Pleistocene development of the southern Engle basin of the Rio Grande rift [talk]: New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico.
  4. Cikoski, CT and Chamberlin, RM. 2009. The last 15 million years of landscape evolution on the Bosque del Apache NWR, Rio Grande rift [poster]: Festival of the Cranes research presentation session, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.
  5. Cikoski, CT. 2009. Major earthquakes on the Bosque del Apache: Preliminary results from the BDA fault trench [poster]: Festival of the Cranes research presentation session, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.