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Shari A. Kelley

Sr. Geophysicist, Field Geologist
Adjunct Faculty Earth and Environmental Science Department, at New Mexico Tech
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
Phone: (575) 835-5306
Fax: (575) 835-6333


Research Interests

  • Building and maintaining New Mexico's part of the National Geothermal Database
  • Geothermal exploration in New Mexico
  • Application of apatite fission-track thermochronology to tectonic and landscape evolution problems in the High Plains-Rio Grande rift-Rocky Mountain-Colorado Plateau region.
  • Tectonic and landscape evolution of the Jemez Mountain volcanic field and the Sierra Blanca volcanic field, New Mexico

Professional & Field Experience

  • July, 2010 – present: Senior geophysicist and field geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
  • January, 2005 – June, 2010: Web information specialist and field geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
  • May, 2001 – January, 2005: STATEMAP contract mapper, Jemez Mountains.
  • January, 1995 - present: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, 87801.
  • September, 1984 – January, 2005: Consulting geoscientist; fission-track analysis for ARCO, Amoco, Mobil, Cornell University, and University of Wyoming, geothermal resource evaluation, seismic data interpretation.
  • January, 1987 - December, 1994: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences, SMU.
  • September, 1985 - May, 1986; September, 1988 - December, 1994: Part-time instructor, physical and historical geology, Richland Community College.
  • September, 1979 - May, 1984: Research assistant, fission-track dating, computer modeling (FORTRAN) of temperatures associated with uplift and erosion, sedimentary basin formation, and geothermal systems, D.D. Blackwell and I.J. Duncan, Dept. of Geological Sciences, SMU.
  • May, 1979 - August, 1979: Field geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, W.R. Seager (NMSU) and John Hawley (NMBMMR).
  • January, 1978 - May, 1979: Teaching assistant, undergraduate geology labs, Earth Sciences Department, NMSU.
  • January, 1977 - December, 1978: Research and field assistant, geothermal resource assessment, C.A. Swanberg, Physics Department, NMSU.

Professional & Other Organizations

  • Geothermal Resources Council, Secretary-Treasurer, DFW Section, 1984-85
  • President, Los Alamos Geological Society, 1998-2000.
  • New Mexico Geological Society, Executive Committee, 2006-2009.
  • President, New Mexico Geological Society, 2008.
  • Chair, Rocky Mountain Section, Geological Society of America, 2010-2012.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Executive Leadership Program Alumni, 2015


  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon Tarr Award, 1979
  • Roy M. Huffington Fellowship, 1982-1983
  • New Mexico Geological Society Honorary Membership, 2010
  • New Mexico State University Geological Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame, 2011
  • Geological Society of America Fellow, 2013


(On a separate page, my full CV is also available as PDF.)