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Dr. Bruce Allen

Dr. Bruce Allen
Sr. Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources — Albuquerque Office
1015 Tijeras Avenue NW, Suite 200
Albuquerque NM 87102-2909

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.

Specialties and Interests

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

Recent Projects

  • Mapping, southern Eddy County (Guadalupe Mountains-Delaware basin), 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 Park.