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Maureen E. Wilks

Emeritus — Senior Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-5322


  • 1991: New Mexico Tech , Ph.D., Geochemistry. Dissertation: The Petrology and petrogenesis of Late Archean K-rich granites in the Archean Wyoming Province, U.S.A.
  • 1986: University of Saskatchewan , M.S., Geology.  Thesis: The Geology of the Steep Rock Group, N. W. Ontario: A major Archaean inconformity and Archaean stromatolites
  • 1982: Oxford University , B.A., Geology


  • January 1995 - present: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
  • 1994: Research  Associate and Instructor, New Mexico Tech
  • 1991-1993: Postdoctoral Associate and Instructor, New Mexico Tech
  • 1987-1990: Teaching Assistant, New Mexico Tech
  • 1986-1987: Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1983-1985: Teaching Assistant, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada


  • 2011 OSM (Office of Surface Mining) San Juan Basin Mine Map Initiative
  • 2009 OSM (Office of Surface Mining) Gallup Mine Map Initiative.
  • 2006-2007  New Mexico Geological Society grant to create webpages of the Table of Contents and routes of  all 57 NMGS Fall Field Conference Guidebooks
  • 2006 OSM (Office of Surface Mining) Continuation of Mine Map Initiative.
  • 2006 Honorary Member of the New Mexico Geological Society
  • 2004 MSHA (Mine Safety Health Adminisstration) Mine Map Initiative Award to catalogue scan, and georeference historic coal mine maps in New Mexico
  • WERC (Waste Management Environmental Research Consortium) award for study on NORM (naturally occurring radioactive materials) in the oil fields of New Mexico:  1991-1993
  • Geological Society of America Research Grant (1988, 1989). Richard A. Matuzeski Graduate Scholarship (1988, 1989); American Association of Business Women Scholarship (1989); J.D. Love Wyoming Geological Society Scholarship (1989); Association for Women GEoscientists Award, Denver Chapter (1989). The Robert Wellnitz Scholarship (New Mexico Geological Scoiety, 1989).



  • Editorial Board of Lite Geology 2012-Present
  • NMGS Publications Chair 2002-2009
  • NMGS Executive Committee Member 2000 Treasurer; 2001 Vice President; 2002 President; 2003 & 2005 Past President
  • 2001, 2004-2006 Registration Co-Chair NMGS Fall Field Conference
  • 1996 General Co-Chair NMGS Spring Meeting
  • 1995 Registration Chair Spring & Fall Meetings, New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS)