Job Announcements from NBMG

REMINDER: Faculty Positions at NBMG—closing soon

Assistant Professor – Neotectonics
Application deadline is March 10, 2015

Associate Professor – Geothermal
Application deadline is March 1, 2015



Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology will be launching a new publications page and shopping cart on Monday March 9, 2015.

In order to make this transition, the Publication Sales and Information Office at GBSSRL will be closed March 2-6, 2015, the week before we go live.

We will not take phone calls or process any orders for that week of March 2-6, so please be sure to place any orders that you will need by Wednesday February 25 to allow us time to get them mailed.

Many NBMG publications are available for viewing on our website:

You can view topo maps on this USGS page:

Click on “Map Locator and Downloader”

Many 2014 version Nevada topo maps are now available on this site.

If you need to view air photos or core, please contact David Davis for an appointment. These services will not be available the week of March 2-6.

If you have any emergency requests for information during the week of the closure, please contact David Davis. He will be checking email and phone messages at the end of each day.

David Davis
Phone: (775) 682-8767

Thank you for your understanding, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

We hope that you will enjoy using the new publications page—coming on March 9!

Charlotte Stock
Publication Sales
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library
2175 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
phone (775) 682-8766
fax (775) 784-6690
Directions to office

USGS Geologic Map on Bodie Hills

Geologic map of the Bodie Hills, California and Nevada
by David A. John, Edward A. du Bray, Stephen E. Box, Peter G. Vikre, James J. Rytuba, Robert J. Fleck, and Barry C. Moring

From USGS website:

The Bodie Hills covers about 1,200 km2 straddling the California-Nevada state boundary just north of Mono Lake in the western part of the Basin and Range Province, about 20 km east of the central Sierra Nevada. The area is mostly underlain by the partly overlapping, middle to late Miocene Bodie Hills volcanic field and Pliocene to late Pleistocene Aurora volcanic field (John and others, 2012). Upper Miocene to Pliocene sedimentary deposits, mostly basin-filling sediments, gravel deposits, and fanglomerates, lap onto the west, north, and east sides of the Bodie Hills, where they cover older Miocene volcanic rocks. Quaternary surficial deposits, including extensive colluvial, fluvial, glacial, and lacustrine deposits, locally cover all older rocks. Miocene and younger rocks are tilted ≤30° in variable directions. These rocks are cut by several sets of high-angle faults that exhibit a temporal change from conjugate northeast-striking left-lateral and north-striking right-lateral oblique-slip faults in rocks older than about 9 Ma to north- and northwest-striking dip-slip faults in late Miocene rocks. The youngest faults are north-striking normal and northeast-striking left-lateral oblique-slip faults that cut Pliocene-Pleistocene rocks. Numerous hydrothermal systems were active during Miocene magmatism and formed extensive zones of hydrothermally altered rocks and several large mineral deposits, including gold- and silver-rich veins in the Bodie and Aurora mining districts (Vikre and others, in press).

This publication is available at After the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and product metadata have been registered by CrossRef, the official URL will be

Free Lapel Pins from AGI—I’m a Geoscientist

Alexandria, VA – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) encourages U.S.-based geoscience professionals, faculty, students and enthusiasts to sign up and receive their own free lapel pin stating “I’m a Geoscientist.” Enter in mailing information at the following link:

and be part of increasing the visibility and diversity of the profession.

NPGS Graduate Student Research Awards in Geosciences

NPGS logo

2015 Application Announcement
Graduate Student Research Awards in Geosciences

Three to five grants up to $1000 each. Amounts and number of awards will depend on proposal quality, number of proposals, proposal budgets, and applicant need.  Awards will be available to support research beginning in the summer of 2015.  Applicants must be graduate students in good standing. Successful applicants will be expected to present their results to the Society upon degree completion.

Guidelines: Research topics should be:

  • related directly to geology of the Great Basin, and
  • of general interest to those interested in bedrock geology problems.

Students working on litho-stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, structure, geothermal systems, geophysical exploration, geochemistry of sedimentary rocks, and tectonic history are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Send or email (as PDF file) a 2page (maximum) research proposal (include results to date, bibliography, and budget), a short (one page) vita that includes academic progress so far, and a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor (sealed if mailed or emailed direct from advisor) to:

Dr. James Trexler
NPGS Scholarship Chairman
Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering
MS 172 University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Application materials must be received or postmarked by March 13, 2015
More information? Contact:

Student Awards at GSA in Nevada Today—Carlson, Di Fiori, and Edwards

Mackay/NBMG graduate students Chad Carlson, Russell Di Fiori, and Joel Edwards are featured in this article in Nevada Today for their outstanding clean sweep of student awards at GSA.

University Geology program excels at Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver: Students took gold, silver and bronze medals in the Student Map Competition
By: Shelby Wilburn and Annie Conway (in Nevada Today, 2/2/2015)

University of Nevada, Reno Geology students exhibited their passion and skill on the international stage. The three participants secured a clean sweep in the Student Geologic Map Competition at the 126th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC with first, second and third place finishes.

“The annual GSA student geologic map competition is an open call for geoscientist students across the country to submit their independent geologic mapping efforts of bedrock and surficial features into the competition to be judged and compared with peer efforts,” Joel Edwards, the third place finalist in the October 2014 competition, said. “Mapping efforts must be the significant component of the thesis and students must be the principal author to qualify.”

The talented group consisted of current and recent graduate students. Gold medalist, Chad Carlson is currently a doctoral student under advisor James Faulds, the state geologist, director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and professor at the University. Carlson received top honors for his Geologic Map of the Terrill Mountains in western Nevada. Silver medalist, Russell Di Fiori graduated in May 2014 with a master’s degree in Geology. Di Fiori earned second place with his Geologic Map of the Eureka Mining District in eastern Nevada. Sean Long, assistant professor with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, served as Di Fiori’s advisor. Edwards sealed the sweep with third place, for his Geologic Map of Neal Hot Springs in eastern Oregon. He graduated with a master’s degree from the program in 2013. Faulds also served as Edwards’ advisor.

“It was an honor to be recognized along with my fellow Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and University of Nevada, Reno geology graduate students,” Di Fiori said. “Both Chad and Joel are fantastic field geologists, and I am glad to be counted among them. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for the ‘clean sweep’. It also feels good to have our hard work be appreciated by our peers as well as seasoned professionals.”

The extensive process required months of dedication and consistency. All three students spent significant amounts of time generating detailed maps of complex geological regions. The group was supported throughout development by the Cartographic/GIS staff at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Individuals assisted with the layouts and provided technical assistance on the maps. Nicholas Hinz, geologic mapping specialist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, also contributed toward many facets of the maps.

“I learned a ton from the whole mapping process,” Edwards said. “It’s not easy. It’s physically and mentally demanding, even exhausting at times. But it’s a really neat experience to be able to walk over a terrain enough times to finally figure out the story beneath your feet, the Earth’s story.”

The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is designed to share scientific results with the broader geoscience community. GSA strives to foster innovative research that transforms the understanding of geologic processes that have formed the world. They aim to advance understanding of global resources, geohazards, and the environment. GSA’s geoscience research profoundly impacts education, publications and public policy.

See article with photos here:

Geological Society of Nevada 2015 Symposium—May 14–23


A note from Laura Ruud, GSN Office Manager: The G.S.N.’s 2015 SYMPOSIUM is almost here!  Mark your calendars for May 14-23, 2015.  The Symposium Committee’s dedicated volunteers have been hard at work for almost 3 years lining up a great Technical Program, 7 Field Trips, 11 Short Courses, Posters, Core Shacks, Exhibits and plenty of Social Events!  EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28TH!  (Price goes up on March 1st!)  The Registration Committee encourages you to register online at:  then click on “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” which will take you to the registration site.


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