Nevada Radon Action Month—January 2020—Take Action!

  • Check your home or business on NBMG’s My Hazards interactive radon map. MyHAZARDS-Nevada—Interactive hazard map for the state of Nevada Click on the radiation symbol and select radon potential and radon average.

These locations have FREE radon test kits for Nevada residents Jan. 1 to Feb. 28 as part of National Radon Action Month. For more information or assistance, call the Radon hotline at 1-888-RADON-10 (1-888-723-6610).

Upcoming Radon Education Program Events

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Meeting—Thursday, January 9, 2020

Title: Geothermal Systems, Saline Lake Basins and Mineral Extraction
Speaker: Will Osborn (Geothermal Solutions Inc.)

Abstract: The extraction of lithium and other industrial minerals from geothermal fluids and evaporite deposits is receiving renewed interest due to the growing demand for electric vehicles and storage of renewable energy. A review of hypersaline brine chemistry and previous efforts to extract minerals from geothermal fluid at the Salton Sea geothermal field elucidates a primary impediment to commercial development. A cost-effective, rapid lithium extraction technique is essential, as an alternative to the traditional water-consumptive evaporative concentration method, to spur additional development of the Salton Sea geothermal field and new lithium resources identified in Northern Nevada, and elsewhere around the world.

Bio: Will has thirty-five years of experience in geothermal energy exploration, resource development, plant operations, and implementation of innovative technology, including Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) and mineral extraction. He holds earth science degrees from University of California at Santa Cruz and Riverside. His M.S. thesis work on the geochemistry of the Salton Sea geothermal system revealed the evolution of sulfur and sulfate minerals originating in the overlying saline lake basin. From 2000-2002, he was General Manager of CalEnergy’s zinc extraction facility. More recently, his work has involved lithium extraction from geothermal systems and the saline lake basins of Northern Nevada.

What: Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Meeting
Date: January 9, 2020; 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: Tamarack Junction, Reno
Boart Longyear Drilling Services will be sponsoring the bar.
Event information and reserve your seat!

Two New Positions at NBMG!

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and serves as the state geological survey.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members.  The primary responsibilities of this position will involve conducting field-based research and teaching mainly in the field of Economic Geology, particularly hydrothermal mineral deposits, and to a lesser extent in structural geology.  Research will involve both independent work and collaboration with other NBMG faculty and staff, as well as faculty in other geoscience departments at UNR and in the Nevada System of Higher Education.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s mineral and energy resources, including resource assessments. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral and energy resources.  Research conducted by the successful candidate must be focused on mineral deposits in Nevada.  The successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students and teach classes in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at UNR.

Required Qualifications:Doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with industrial or academic experience in hydrothermal mineral deposits and with experience in field-based studies in a wide variety of geological settings, especially studies that required geologic mapping.  Expertise in structural geology, geologic mapping, and active hydrothermal systems (geothermal activity) will be valued.

Contact Information
Sharee Williams at (775) 682-8795 or

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application.
1) Resume/CV.
2) Cover letter expressing interest in the position and research plans.
3) Contact information for three professional references.
4) Word document containing a link to three publications.
5) Examples of geologic mapping related to mineral deposits that you have conducted.
6) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit the job posting on the UNR Workday website.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on February 21, 2020.

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Administrative Assistant 2
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Job Description: The University of Nevada, Reno is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant 2 with a line of progression into an Administrative Assistant 3 for Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology. The position will be responsible for general office duties, which includes managing the front desk and customer service, ordering and maintenance of supplies, co-managing building maintenance, creating memos and flyers, managing shipping and receiving, and managing fleet vehicle logs, vehicle and equipment check out, and mileage billing.

Additional duties include administrative support to faculty and the Director by entering personnel transactions, reconciling purchasing cards, assisting with travel transactions and travel arrangements, arranging visits for prospective students and visitors, and organizing and scheduling meetings and events.

Required Qualifications: Graduation from high school or equivalent education and two years of clerical and administrative support experience which included experience in one or more of the following areas: maintaining records and files; preparing a variety of materials using a personal computer or word processor; assisting customers in completing forms and applications; and/or performing secretarial duties in support of professional staff; OR one year of experience as an Administrative Assistant I in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Schedule: The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; this is subject to change based on organizational needs.

Compensation Grade: 25, Classified Compensation

Classified Benefits: PERS retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with other benefits. For more information, please visit: Classified Benefits

Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit: For more information about the Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit, please visit: Classified Staff Grant-In-Aid Benefit

Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program: Additionally, we offer a Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of classified employees (working at least a 50% full-time equivalent).

For more information, please visit: Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program

Contact Information
Lora Robb at (775) 682-8762 or

Exempt: No

Full-Time Equivalent: 100.0%

Required Attachment(s): Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachment(s) to your application:

  • Resume/CV – (required) List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.
  • Cover Letter – (optional)
  • Contact Information for Three Supervisory References – (required) – Please make a note if you do not want your present employer contacted unless necessary to determine your qualifications for the position.
  • Transcripts – (optional) – If you have not graduated, please attach your transcripts to receive education credit for classes you have taken. Credit is given for classes relevant to the position.
  • Veteran Interview Consideration – (optional) – To receive interview consideration for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability, proof is required at the time of application.  Please attach proof electronically to your application under the Veteran Document(s) section. (Examples of acceptable documents include DD-214, disability letter from Veteran’s Administration, etc.).

Posting Close Time: This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 01/17/2020

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on January 16, 2020.

More information can be found through the job posting website.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

Job Announcements from BLM

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A message from BLM: We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Job Description:  Civil Engineer
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2020-0027;
Location(s) of position:  Reno, NV, US, Winnemucca, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $74,596 – (USD) $96,978;
Applications will be accepted until:  01/02/2020.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page.

Job Description:  Civil Engineer
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2020-0071;
Location(s) of position:  Reno, NV, US, Winnemucca, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $74,596 – (USD) $96,978;
Applications will be accepted until:  01/02/2020.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page.  

Job Description:  Botanist
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2020-0024;
Location(s) of position:  Medford, OR, US;
Salary:  (USD) $51,440 – (USD) $66,868;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/23/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page. 

AEG Meeting—Thursday, January 9, 2020

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SPEAKER: Jesse Ruzicka
TOPIC: Geologic Challenges of the Boulder City Bypass

Abstract: The Boulder City Bypass, also known as I-11, is the first new interstate to be successfully constructed within the US since the 1970’s.  The 12.5 mile long stretch of Phase II begins at US95 and skirts to the south of Boulder City, through the El Dorado Mountains and terminates near Goldstrike Canyon just east of the Hoover Dam Lodge.  Now open to traffic, it relieves much of the traffic congestion that was once commonplace through Boulder City.  The project included 11 bridges, over 100 culverts, a wildlife overcrossing, and a scenic overlook more than 1,000 feet above Lake Mead. A portion of the project was constructed through the El Dorado Mountains and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area under the jurisdiction of the U.S. National Park Service.

This presentation will focus on the geologic challenges encountered during construction of the interstate through the El Dorado Mountains.  Such challenges as numerous rock cut slopes up to 280 feet in height, controlled blasting, rockfall containment, rock slide mitigation, rock bolting, highly variable geologic conditions, and unforgiving steep terrain.

Biography: Mr. Jesse Ruzicka graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering. Since that time, he has been involved in numerous projects providing geotechnical design and support for residential developments, flood control projects in Sacramento and Reno, commercial/industrial developments, roadway and bridge design, and mining projects in Nevada, California, Canada, and Mexico.

He has been involved in many high profile transportation projects in the states of Texas and Nevada including such projects as Phase II of the Boulder City Bypass, the US395 North Valleys project, the I-15/US93 Garnet Interchange, the SR28 Shared Use Path at Lake Tahoe, SH183 Managed Toll Lanes in Dallas, and the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi.

Jesse has been involved with AEG since 2001, serving as a past secretary of the Great Basin Chapter from 2010 to 2013 and chair from 2014 to 2016.  Since 2016, Jesse has served as an advisor to the chapter.

COST: Members: $30.00, Non-Members: $32.00, Students: $25.00

Merrily Graham

Social Hour Sponsored by Doug and Merrily Graham.

The monthly chapter meetings are held on the 2nd or 3rd Thursdays of every month, unless notified otherwise.

Reminder! Winter Closure at GBSSRL—December 23–January 1

The Publication Sales and Information Office at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library will be closed December 23–31, 2019 and January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Day).

Orders received after December 16 will be shipped the first week in January 2020.

For those of you who ordered T-shirts, they will be arriving in January.

New Faculty Members at NBMG

A message from Jim Faulds: Please welcome several new members of the NBMG team. This includes Lora Robb, our new Business Manager, who will oversee NBMG’s fiscal and administrative functions and Matthieu Harlaux, an Assistant Professor in Economic Geology. In addition, our Geothermal Center is growing with the additions of Rozena Brecke (who is handling important administrative aspects of the Center), Cary Lindsey (a post-doctoral scholar), and Eli Mlawsky (Geothermal Data Manager). These additions will greatly enhance our ability to analyze natural resources in the state and region. Please see short biographies of everyone below. We are very fortunate to have such a talented group joining NBMG.

New Faculty Members at NBMG:

Matthieu Harlaux, Assistant Professor–Economic Geologist
Dr. Matthieu Harlaux recently joined the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor in economic geology. Dr. Harlaux received his MS in Geosciences from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie in 2012 in Nancy (France). Then, he completed a PhD in Geosciences from the Université de Lorraine in 2016 (Nancy, France) focusing on granite-related tin-tungsten deposits in France. After completing his PhD, Dr. Harlaux joined the University of Geneva (Switzerland), where he did a two-year postdoc working on tin deposits in the Peruvian Central Andes.

Dr. Harlaux’s research focuses on understanding the formation processes of hydrothermal ore deposits. He uses a combination of field-work and modern analytical techniques (LA-ICP-MS, MC-ICP-MS, ID-TIMS, SIMS) for studying the trace element and isotope geochemistry of rocks, minerals, and fluid inclusions. More specifically, his research interests concern the processes at the magmatic-hydrothermal transition that occurs at the end of magma crystallization when exsolution of high-temperature volatile fluids occurs. This research aims to better understand the physico-chemical conditions (temperature, pressure, salinity, pH, gas content, and metal content) allowing the deposition of metal-bearing minerals by hydrothermal fluids.

Dr. Harlaux is excited to concentrate his research on the Nevada’s metallogeny, which has an incredible variety of hydrothermal ore deposits, including Carlin-type gold deposits, porphyry copper deposits, and epithermal gold-silver deposits, among the most important. Dr. Harlaux will help to strengthen the economic geology group at NBMG and to develop new research projects in strong collaboration with the mining industry and other universities. One of his ambitions will be to develop a new laboratory at NBMG focusing on the study of fluid inclusions applied to hydrothermal systems. His work will examine the ore-forming processes (fluid mixing, cooling, fluid-rock interaction, etc) in link with the Cenozoic magmatic and tectonic evolution of Nevada.

Lora Robb, Business Manager
Lora Robb joined NBMG in December as its new Business Manager. Her role includes overseeing the Bureau’s financial, administrative, and human resources operations working closely with the Director to make sure everything runs efficiently and effectively. She has worked in land use and water resources planning and as a business manager for several public agencies in the Reno area including Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Washoe County, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Lora holds an MA in Geography from California State University, Chico, and grew up in Truckee, California.

Lora is excited to join NBMG and return to a world where earth science and mapping are core to the organization’s mission. Her first real job out of college was working for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mapping Division so joining the Bureau feels like returning home. When not at work, Lora is often with her husband Paul hiking, camping, boating, and otherwise exploring the wide open spaces of the great state of Nevada.

New Staff at Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

Rozena Brecke, Administrative Assistant, 775-682-8855
Rozena attained a dual degree from the University of Nevada, Reno Honors Program, earning a BA in Philosophy, a BS in Health Sciences and a minor in Biochemistry (2000). She pursued an internship at the UNR’s Medical School, and presented at Cancer Research conferences in the U.S. and abroad, with plans of an MA in Biomedical Ethics. After a change of plans and searching for her purpose and passion, in 2004 she opened up her own business, a tiny organic grocery store called Vegetus, Latin for “fresh, whole, lively and sound.” In 2006, she decided that it was time to seek that advanced degree, closed up shop, but then life happened, quite literally, and she welcomed her son, Soren, into the world.

In 2014, Rozena returned to University of Nevada to work at the Wolf Shop, the student-owned and operated campus store, where she curated the General Books department, led the bookstore’s first U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility and ultimately did her best to inspire and support students to become ‘real’ adults. In 2018, she transferred as an Administrative Assistant to the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, housed in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, where she is proud to contribute to the global transition to renewable energy.

Rozena loves clean food, plants, great coffee, libations, ideas, kindness and humor. When she is not reading or cross-wording in the sunshine, she is appreciating the warm sound of vinyl in her 1938 brick home with the love of her life, son, and cat, Tuna.

Cary Lindsey, Postdoctoral Scholar, 775-682-8149
Dr. Cary Lindsey recently joined the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as a Postdoctoral Scholar. She received her BS in Geology from Mississippi State University and a PhD from University of Idaho. Dr. Lindsey’s research primarily focuses on exploration and characterization of geothermal systems. She uses techniques such as geostatistical and statistical modeling in her work as well as foundational concepts in hydrogeology and heat and mass transfer. She has worked in the Basin and Range of Oregon as well as Yellowstone National Park.

Dr. Lindsey is pleased to join the team at GBCGE-NBMG to participate in international capacity building for geothermal development where she will share her skills and training with scientists in countries on the cusp of geothermal development and looks forward to learning about and exploring geothermal systems in other regions of the world. She also continues to develop geostatistical techniques and modeling for refined characterization of heat and mass flow in geothermal systems.

Eli Mlawsky, GBCGE Geoscience Data Manager
Eli joined NBMG in October 2018 as the Geothermal Data Manager at GBCGE. His main focus is developing and maintaining an online relational database to warehouse all subsurface data for Nevada and the encompassing Great Basin region. Eli’s other roles include automation of organizational processes and project support via curating and distributing NBMG data products. He is a UNR alumnus, holding an MS in hydrogeology and BS in geophysics. Prior to joining NBMG, Eli worked as a consultant geophysicist. He enjoys data-driven modeling and all things computer science. He has pursued a lateral move in his early career to cultivate his programming skills while still working with familiar data and a welcoming earth science community that he knows and loves.

After hours, Eli can be found road biking, bouldering, painting, or fabricating in one of Reno’s great community art spaces.

NBMG Staff Directory