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Dr. Kevin Hobbs

Dr. Kevin Hobbs
Kevin at Siccar Point, Scotland.
Field Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

As a field geologist and mapper for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, I enjoy being a generalist in the field of geology. My research interests span scales in space and time, ranging from soil micromorphology to basin-scale tectonosedimentary relationships and from the oldest Proterozoic rocks in New Mexico to Holocene geomorphic features. The geological problems I most enjoy are those which allow me to use multiple methods to understand better the geological history of an area. I am especially interested in the Cenozoic Era evolution of the San Juan Basin in northwest New Mexico and the timing of volcanic, tectonic, depositional, and erosional events on the Taos Plateau in the Pliocene Epoch. I enjoy collaboration with colleagues at NMBG and at other institutions, and am always curious about the unknowns in geological research.

I am a teacher at heart. In addition to having taught many geology and environmental sciences courses at the college level, I participate in educational outreach through Master Naturalist classes and K-12 school visits. For ten years, I was an instructor with geology summer field camps in Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

(See Curriculum Vitae)



  • 2020-present: Field Geologist – Surficial Mapper, NMBGMR, Socorro, New Mexico
  • 2016-2020: Assistant Professor of Geology, University of New Mexico – Valencia Campus, Los Lunas, New Mexico
  • 2014-2015: Visiting Instructor of Geology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
  • 2006-2008: Geologist, Southern Company Services, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2006: GSA GeoCorps Summer Intern, Denali National Park, Alaska


  • Geological Society of America, 2005-present
  • New Mexico Geological Society, 2010-present
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 2015-present
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 2015-present


  • Study to Address Sedimentation and Erosion Impacting Infrastructure on the Southern Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico
  • Geological mapping of the Chaco Canyon 30' x 60' Quadrangle, New Mexico
  • Geological mapping of the Fort Craig and Paraje Well 7.5' Quadrangles, New Mexico
  • Investigation of intertrappean deposits and paleosols on the Taos Plateau

Publications in refereed journals

(See Curriculum Vitae for more details)

  1. Hobbs, K.M., and Fawcett, P.J., 2021, Nonclimatic and extrabasinal processes controlled pedogenesis in paleosols of the Paleocene Nacimiento Formation, New Mexico, USA: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. xxx, p. xxx-xxx,
  2. Hobbs, K. M., and Fawcett, P.J., 2021, A physical and chemical sedimentary record of Laramide tectonic shifts in the Cretaceous-Paleogene San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA: Geosphere, v. 17, p. 854-875,
  3. Turner, A., McGuire, C., Hobbs, K.M., Soto, M., Perea, D., and Moore, J., 2017; The sedimentology, paleoenvironment, and diagenesis of the Asencio Formation of Western Uruguay; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 480, p. 42-52.
  4. Hobbs, K.M., and Parrish, J.T., 2016; Miocene global change recorded in Columbia River Basalt-hosted paleosols: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128, p. 1543-1554.