AEG Holiday Party and Fund Raiser—Thursday, December 13

TOPIC: “Overview of NBMG & Dynamic Geologic Landscapes”
Why is Nevada in Hot Water? Living on the Edge in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape
SPEAKER: Dr. James E. Faulds,
Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada State Geologist

ABSTRACT: Dr. Faulds will provide a brief overview of the mission of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which serves as the state geological survey of Nevada.  He’ll then discuss our dynamic geologic setting and rapidly evolving landscapes, including the origin of Lake Tahoe, our vast geothermal resources, and the likelihood that our region may eventually reside on a major plate tectonic boundary.

BIO: Dr. Faulds is the Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, State Geologist of Nevada, and a professor at UNR.  He has been analyzing major fault zones in Nevada and elsewhere for about 30 years.  In the past 10+ years, much of his research has focused on how faults control geothermal energy resources.

COST: Members: $27.00, Non-Members: $30.00, Students: $20.00

Student dinners are sponsored by Wood Rodgers. We are providing complimentary dinners to the first three students who submit RSVP’s. Any additional students will be charged $20.

Social Hour is sponsored by Doug and Merrily Graham.

Please give us a 48-hour cancellation notice if you are not able to attend. “No shows” without proper notification will be charged. Thank you.

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


DGSE Geoscience Seminar at UNR—Monday, December 3  

Plankton Evolution: A Perspective from the Deep-Sea Microfossil Record
Dr. Dave Lazarus
Curator of Micropaleontology, Berlin Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde)
Monday, December 3
Davidson Math & Science Center (DMS, UNR) Room 105, 4:00 PM
Coffee and snacks will be provided at 3:30 PM.

Dr. Lazarus is one of the world’s leading micropaleontological researchers. He earned his PhD from Columbia University/Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, and has gone on to publish extensively on the taxonomy and evolution of radiolarians, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, and the applications of information technology to paleontology. Since 1996, he has been the curator of micropaleontology at the Berlin Museum of Natural History, where he conducts a wide variety of research related to fossil marine plankton.

DGSE Seminars:

AEMA Annual Meeting in Spokane—December 2–7, 2018
December 2-7, 2018
Spokane, WA

If you are attending the conference, we hope you will stop by one of these Nevada booths:

Here are some of the presentations from the State of Nevada:

SESSION TIMES: 2:00 – 5:30 COFFEE BREAK 3:35 – 4:20
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
Chaired by: Rich Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

“Session Description: Want to hear about exploration and mining activities for the past year in Western States and Provinces? In this all-day session, Economic Geologists from Western US States and Canadian Provinces will report on the exploration and development activities in metals and industrials for the past year in their respective areas. These specialists will also provide their insight into new mineral commodities and areas which are experiencing activity, and opportunities and challenges.”

  • Nevada Mineral Exploration and Production Update, John Muntean, Director, Center for Research in Economic Geology; Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
  • Results of a Study on Ore Tolling and Copper Concentrate Processing in Nevada, Richard Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

SESSION TIMES: 2:15 – 5:45 COFFEE BREAK 3:50 – 4:35

  • In Data we Trust: Enter Accurately, Process, Quickly and Present Clearly OR Transforming Mouse Clicks to Money: Lucia Patterson, GIS / Field Specialist – Geologist, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

NBMG Welcomes Emily O’Dean—Geoscience Data Manager

A message from Dr. Jim Faulds, NBMG Director and State Geologist: We are very pleased to welcome a new staff member to NBMG—Emily O’Dean.

Emily O’Dean recently joined the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno as the Geoscience Data Manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After completing her degree, she worked as a software developer and quality engineer at SaaS (Software as a Service) startup companies in Santa Barbara, California. As a full-stack engineer, she designed and implemented systems from database schemas to front-end user experiences.

After five years in software, Emily went on to pursue her MSc in Forest Ecology at California Polytechnic State University where she applied her knowledge of complex systems to the study of forest ecosystems. Her research focused on quantifying the establishment and success of conifers in the Sierra Nevada and using computer modeling and simulation techniques to predict future range shifts. Upon completion of the program, she accepted a Data Science Fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), where she worked as the technical point of contact for researchers and working groups and assisted in managing data, instructing in data lifecycle best practices, performing statistical analyses, and presenting data through both static figures and interactive web applications. She was also a key player in the design and implementation of a new open science software portal for managing projects and disseminating data and results at NCEAS.

Emily is excited to join NBMG and apply her knowledge of database design and data workflow best-practices to managing and growing NBMG’s rich data stores. She will also utilize her software background in the design and implementation of new data dissemination portals to make NBMG’s data more available and discoverable.

Job Announcements from BLM

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:  Division Chief, IRM Support Services;
Announcement Number:  NOC Merit-2018-0143;
Location(s) of position:  Lakewood, CO, US;
Salary:  (USD) $131,898 – (USD) $164,200;
Applications will be accepted until:  11/12/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Civil Engineer;
Announcement Number:  UT-DEU-2019-0001;
Location(s) of position:  Vernal, UT, US;
Salary:  (USD) $61,218 – (USD) $79,586;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/23/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Archaeologist;
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2019-0003;
Location(s) of position:  Winnemucca, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $50,598 – (USD) $65,778;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/26/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Archaeological Technician;
Announcement Number:  CA-DEU-2019-0004;
Location(s) of position:  Redding, CA, US;
Salary:  (USD) $41,365 – (USD) $53,773;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/25/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Student Trainee (Administration);
Announcement Number:  NM-PTHWYS-2019-0002;
Location(s) of position:  Santa Fe, NM, US;
Salary:  (USD) $29,948 – (USD) $38,929;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/26/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Pathways – Student Trainee (Administration);
Announcement Number:  NV-PTHWYS-2019-0002;
Location(s) of position:  Caliente, NV, US, Ely, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $26,587 – (USD) $34,561;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/30/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Pathways – Student Trainee (Administration);
Announcement Number:  NV-PTHWYS-2019-0003;
Location(s) of position:  Caliente, NV, US, Ely, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $29,847 – (USD) $38,798;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/30/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

National Fossil Day—October 17 (but still celebrating)

Celebrate Nevada’s State Fossil!
You can check out activities on the National Fossil Day home page:
The ichthyosaur is Nevada’s state fossil, and you can view a post about this marine reptile on NBMG’s Facebook page.

Read about work done by Paula Noble and Paige dePolo at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in this article: University professor and undergraduate student continue work with Smithsonian: Team uses LiDAR and photogrammetry technology to create 3D scans of Ichthyosaur fossils
From Nevada Today, 12/17/2014, story by Annie Conway:

University of Nevada, Reno 2016 graduate and Westfall scholar, Paige dePolo, completed her senior thesis on the ichthyosaur: Three-dimensional visualization of the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park fossil beds from terrestrial LiDAR data

Abstract: A terrestrial LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) unit was used to scan an in situ death assemblage of the enormous Late Triassic ichthyosaur, Shonisaurus popularis, with the goal of testing the applicability of this method in creating three-dimensional digital models of large fossil sites. The fossil beds are located at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nye County, Nevada where they are protected by a permanent shelter, the Fossil Hut. Thirteen scan locations were used to survey both the exterior and interior of the Fossil Hut. The point cloud of the quarry model was composed from nine high-resolution scans. Digital measurements of the length of selected skeletal elements in the quarry model correspond well to caliper measurements of the same elements in the field. The millimeter scale resolution of the S. popularis remains demonstrated by the LiDAR point cloud is suitable for analysis of gross bone structures and represents a viable means of digitally capturing in situ fossil sites. The LiDAR model allows for the accurate measurement of the spatial relationships between skeletal elements and provides an important baseline for conserving in situ fossil exhibits.

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Here are some of Paige’s most recent and exciting fossil discoveries in Scotland:

Related items:

New Dinosaur Book for Kids!
“Two hikers come across some unusual tracks. Were they made by a very large bird, or something else? They sure look like dinosaur footprints, but how could that be? Unless…

Interpretive naturalist/geologist Nick Saines tells the story, with illustrations by Las Vegas artist Jonathan A. Kaplan, utilizing superb photographs of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.”

Details here:

DGSE Colloquium Speaker Series

A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences at UNR):
“Our speaker on Monday (10/22; social at 3:30 pm and talk at 4 pm in DMS 105) is Brandon Schmandt from the University of New Mexico. Brandon is a seismologist that has studied the Western US on the continental scale with EarthScope. He is interested in developing new tools that are resolving much finer scales within the Earth crust.”

October 22
Topic: Seismically Imaging Magma Reservoirs beneath Yellowstone and Long Valley Calderas
Speaker: Brandon Schmandt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE)
2018 Fall Seminars—Tentative Fall Schedule:
All Regular Monday Seminars are in DMS 105.

October 29
Topic: Deep Life and Lessons from the Fringes of Microbial Biology
Speaker: Duane Moser, DRI