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Andy Jochems

 Andy Jochems
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

Andy Jochems is a field geologist with the Geologic Mapping Program at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. His primary responsibilities include mapping and preparing ArcGIS geodatabases for 1:24,000-scale geologic maps of STATEMAP quadrangles. His mapping in south-central New Mexico focuses on late Cenozoic basin-fill of the Rio Grande rift as well as Eocene-Oligocene volcanics and Paleozoic stratigraphy. Andy conducts research related to his mapping projects, particularly on basin-fill architecture and late Pleistocene- Holocene deposits.

In 2017, Andy was named co-chair of New Mexico Geological Society publications, a position that involves helping with annual meetings and coordinating future publications to be released by the Society. He also serves on the Lite Geology board and writes technology/science movie reviews for this biannual publication.

(See Curriculum Vitae)


  • M.S. Geology | 2013, Utah State University, Logan, UT
    Thesis: Formation, deformation, and incision of Colorado River terraces upstream of Moab, Utah
    Advisor: Dr. Joel L. Pederson
  • B.S. Environmental Science | 2011, summa cum laude, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    Senior Thesis: Mixing between an alpine river and hydrothermal springs: Controls on water quality and solute loading in the Jemez River, Jemez Mountains, NM
    Advisor: Dr. Laura J. Crossey

Work History

  • Field Geologist | 2013 - Present
    New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Socorro, NM
    • Producing 1:24,000 geologic maps for STATEMAP
    • Managing NM Quaternary faults and folds database (with USGS)
    • Managing Sedimentary/Soils Lab
    • Conducting geochronologic and paleoclimate research on Neogene-Quaternary rift basin-fill
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant | 2011 - 2013
    Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Student Technical Specialist | 2010 - 2011
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Contractor Technician | 2008 - 2010
    U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque, NM

Research Interests

  • Fluvial and tectonic geomorphology of the Colorado Plateau and southern Rockies
  • Cenozoic geology of the southern Rio Grande rift
  • Quaternary faulting in New Mexico

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (2010-present)
  • Geological Society of America (2012-present)
  • New Mexico Geological Society (2011-present)