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

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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.

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New Publication on 3D Modelling Programs

2019 Synopsis of Three-dimensional Geological Mapping and Modelling at Geological Survey Organizations

Authors: MacCormack, K.E. Berg, R.C. Kessler, H. Russell, H.A.J. Thorleifson, L.H.
Date: 2019-10-22
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Dick Berg, Director, Illinois State Geological Survey, shared this publication with AASG members.

“Since the publication in 2011 of the “Synopsis of Current Three-dimensional Geological Mapping and Modeling in Geological Survey Organizations” there has been an increased uptake of 3D mapping and modelling methods at geological survey organizations (GSOs) across provincial, territorial, state, and federal levels. This mirrors a growing recognition of the societal value of geoscience data management, geological mapping, visualization, and modelling applications to support science-based decision making in the areas of sustainable resource development, environmental protection, and public safety.

This update to the 2011 publication will provide geoscience organizations with a guide highlighting the recent successes, accomplishments, and challenges experienced by GSOs in the development and deployment of their 3D modelling programs. It will provide context for organizations looking to gain support within their organizations to build 3D modelling programs by leveraging the business cases and approaches highlighted by international surveys with successful 3D modelling programs.”

Mackay Rockhounds Mineral Sale—Wednesday, December 11

This is a good event to pick up some great stocking stuffers while helping out Mackay students at UNR!

When: Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Where: Paul Laxalt Mineral Engineering (LME) Room 415, University of Nevada, Reno
Questions? Please contact:

Mackay Rockhounds:
“Join the student chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Our focus is to help students become familiar with the world of Earth Sciences by providing a community to connect them with our School, industry and the many opportunities that exist.  We help transform students into competent professionals through outside education and experience while providing an interactive and robust community having a strong member camaraderie.”

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NBMG Geologic Map T-Shirts—Taking Preorders

“Geologic Map of Nevada” T-shirts will soon be back in stock, and we are taking preorders this week. It is best to place a preorder if you want to be sure to get a certain size and/or color. If you want to order a size that is not on the drop-down menu, please give us a call by Friday, December 13 at 775-682-8766.

We hope the shirts will arrive before we close on December 23 but cannot guarantee the date. Priority will be given to those who place a preorder since we will have those shirts printed first.