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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. Geology2013, 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 Science2011, 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 GeologistSeptember 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 AssistantAugust 2011 - July 2013
    Utah State University, Logan, UT
    • Taught undergraduate geomorphology labs and aided summer field camp
    • Performed geochronologic analyses on sediment in the USU Luminescence Lab
  • Student Technical SpecialistJune 2010 - June 2011
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    • Demonstrated and supervised water quality sample collection by students
    • Processed water samples in the UNM Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Contractor TechnicianJune 2008 - May 2010
    U.S. Geological Survey, Albuquerque, NM
    • Constructed, surveyed, and measured surface water gages
    • Updated national database (NWIS) with thousands of groundwater records

Teaching Experience

Utah State University Teaching Assistant:

  • GEO 4700 Geologic Field Methods — Fall 2011
  • GEO 5200 Geology Field Camp — Summers 2012, 2013
  • GEO 3600 Geomorphology — Fall 2012

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

Awards, Honors, & Scholarships

Utah State University:

  • Peter R. McKillop Scholarship (2012)
  • Geology Benchmark Society Award (2011-2013)

University of New Mexico:

  • B.S. Environmental Science, summa cum laude (2011)
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences Outstanding B.S. Environmental Science Graduate (2011)
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences V.C. Kelley / Estwing Outstanding Field Geologist (2011)
  • Roger Y. Anderson Outstanding Continuing B.S. Environmental Science Student (2010)

Professional Memberships

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