2017 Application Announcement: THE NEVADA PETROLEUM & GEOTHERMAL SOCIETY – Graduate Student Research Awards in Geosciences

Two grants up to $2500 each
Amounts will depend on proposal quality, and proposal budgets. Awards will be available to support research for the summer of 2017. 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 lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, structure, geothermal systems, geophysical exploration, geochemistry of sedimentary rocks, and tectonic history are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Email (as PDF file) a 2-page (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 (may be emailed direct from advisor) to:

James E. Faulds, Ph.D.
NPGS Scholarship Chairman
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno, MS 178
Reno, NV 89557

Application materials must be received by April 21, 2017.

More information? Contact: jfaulds@unr.edu

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—April 6: Karen Loomis—Oil & Gas Exploration in the Permian Basin

Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Subject: Oil & Gas Exploration in the Permian Basin: Play Concepts from the Deep Water and Carbonate Shelf
Speaker: Karen B Loomis, Geologist, Loomis Geologic Consulting, Reno, NV

Abstract: The Permian Basin is located in west Texas and southeast New Mexico, and is a prolific oil and gas producing region.  The basin contains one of the world’s thickest deposits of rocks from the Permian period.  It also contains a diverse assemblage of Paleozoic-age rocks, including carbonate rocks, sandstone, and shale.  The Paleozoic-age shales have become the target for unconventional recovery methods, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

In this presentation, we will look at the exploration methodologies and geologic evidence for oil and gas in the Pennsylvanian-age Atoka Formation and the Permian-age Wolfcamp Formation.  The Atoka Formation historically has been a conventional sandstone reservoir in this area, but here we focus on its potential as a shale resource play.  The carbonate facies of the Wolfcamp Formation historically has been a conventional carbonate reservoir.  This presentation will focus on the formation’s depositional facies, hydrocarbon shows, and production capacity, and also discuss its potential as an unconventional reservoir.

Hydrocarbon indicators in these formations in the project area include: mudlog shows, cores, DSTs, IP tests, petrophysics, and production.  Exploration methodologies that we will discuss include mapping (structural, isopach, net pay), petrophysics, and facies analysis.

Speaker’s Biography: Dr. Karen Loomis specializes in sedimentary basin analysis for solving energy resource and environmental problems. She has worked as a petroleum geologist, environmental scientist, and as an instructor.

Karen earned her B.S. in Geology from UCLA, and her Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University.  She worked at the ARCO Research Lab, ARCO International, and Venoco, where she was a technical lead and manager for several oil and gas research, exploration, and development projects.

Her interdisciplinary approach to basin analysis combines depositional systems analysis, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, seismic geomorphology, and surface and subsurface mapping.  She is skilled at integrating well-log, core, outcrop, paleontologic, petrographic, geochemical, and geophysical data.

While working as an environmental scientist for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and Tetra Tech, Karen conducted hydrogeologic, water resource, water quality, and alternative water supply studies, and prepared regulatory compliance documents. She also worked on site characterization projects involving soil and groundwater contamination, primarily at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Karen has been an instructor at ARCO Research and Santa Barbara City College, teaching both classroom and field-based courses.  In her spare time, Karen enjoys skiing at Mt. Rose, and hiking and backpacking in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

For more information on Karen’s background and publications, please visit her LinkedIn page at linkedin.com/in/karenloomis.

Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street
Reno, NV 89512

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

Please RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by April 4 here.

If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at vehni@aol.com or call at 775-720-6387.
NPGS will be charged for all no-shows. Thank you for your consideration.

Pershing County Bulletin—Now Available Digitally

Geology and Mineral Deposits of Pershing County, Nevada
Author: Maureen G. Johnson
Year: 1977
Series: Bulletin 89

Format: digital files only; includes PDF of the following: 121 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches, 19 b/w drawings, 5 b/w photos, 19 tables, 5 plates: plate 1, 1:250,000, geologic map, 24 x 48 inches, full color; plate 2A, 1:250,000, mineral resources, 25 x 30 inches, 4 color; plate 2B, index to mining districts, 27 x 25 inches, b/w; plate 3, stratigraphic section, 23 x 20 inches, b/w; plate 4, 1:48,000, geologic map, Antelope district, 12 x 23 inches, 2 color. Geospatial PDF of plate 1 is also included.

Pay and Download:

The paper version is also still available:

The location, stratigraphy, structural history, mining districts, and geothermal resources; references and index. Prepared cooperatively by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Observations: A Newsletter from the College of Science (Spring 2017)

Featuring Bridget Ayling and the National Geothermal Academy. Plans under way to revive the National Geothermal Academy in Reno, Nevada

The most recent issue of Observations: A Newsletter from the College of Science (Spring 2017) included a link to a story in Think Geoenergy about NBMG’s Bridget Ayling and plans to revive the National Geothermal Academy.

“In a recent interview piece published by the University of Nevada in Reno, the new Director for the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy highlighted her and the center’s projects at the moment. She particularly highlights plans for reviving the National Geothermal Academy, which operated on campus [of UNR] from 2011 to 2014 before going dormant for the last two years.”

Read article here:

Nevada Today article, by Michael Olinger, 1/3/2017:

The 2017 National Geothermal Academy will run from 19-30th June, 2017 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Two engineering-focused modules are being offered: Geothermal Drilling Engineering, and Geothermal Reservoir Engineering. Applications for the 2017 National Geothermal Academy are invited from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals. For fee information, course outlines, application forms, and application deadlines for the NGA, please visit:
http://www.gbcge.org/education-NGA.php or email geothermal@unr.edu for more information.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday March 16: Carolyn Porco—Planetary Scientist

“Planetary scientist and Saturn expert Carolyn Porco will speak at University of Nevada, Reno: Discover Science Lecture Series turns its eyes to the sky March 16 as part of the series”

Nevada Today, article by Michael Olinger, 2/24/2017
A veteran of the Voyager mission, Porco is leading the imaging science of the Cassini Mission presently in orbit around Saturn.

Discover Science Milt D. Glick Lecture on March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in DMS Room 110 (auditorium).

Discover Science Lecture Series

“Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located on N. Virginia Street.”

AEG Monthly Meeting—March 16 RSVP by 5:00 TODAY MARCH 14

Edmund Quaglieri
An Overview of the Nevada Dam Safety Program

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Thursday March 16, 2017
SPEAKER: Mr. Edmund Quaglieri, Engineering Manager of the Nevada Division of Water Resources
TOPIC: An Overview of the Nevada Dam Safety Program

COST: Members: $25.00; non-members: $29.00
Student dinners sponsored by: Wood Rodgers, Inc.

ABSTRACT: In the State of Nevada, the State Engineer is charged with dam safety pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 535. The goal of Nevada’s dam safety program is to avoid dam failure and thus prevent loss of life and destruction of property. This is accomplished by careful review of new dam applications, on-site inspection of the dams being built, review of as-built drawings and QA/QC reports and finally, through periodic visual inspections of the structures themselves. Our office inspects 642 every year, three years or five years, depending on the hazard classification. We also provide plan review for approximately 20 new dams.

BIOGRAPHY: In the past as a consulting engineer for over 10 years, Ed worked on a wide array of projects including water/sewer transmission and distribution pipelines, subdivision design, pump stations, water/wastewater treatment plants and water storage tanks, storm-water conveyance, alternative energy design and treatment, hydrologic studies and field inspection. More recently, Ed was the former Water Engineer at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada which included the rate regulation of 30 water/wastewater companies across Nevada. Currently, he is the Engineering Manager at the Nevada Division of Water Resources and currently oversees, Dam Safety, Water Planning, Water Right Forfeitures, Water Right Assessments, Channel Clearance, Truckee River Maintenance, and Floodplain Management. He is also the State of Nevada representative for the Truckee River Operating Agreement. Ed is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada, registered Water Rights Surveyor, and an AWWA Licensed Water Operator.

Roadside Geology of Nevada—Now Available

Authors: Frank DeCourten and Norma Biggar
Year: February 2017
Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Roadside Geology Series
Format: paperback, 416 pages, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-87842-672-0
More info or order here:


Driving through Nevada, you may be miles from nowhere, but you are never far from an interesting rock, the shoreline of an ice age lake, or an active or historic mine. The Silver State has some of the most diverse geology in the United States, and much of it lies in plain sight thanks to the arid climate of the Great Basin. Geologic forces continue to shape Nevada, stretching it apart and bringing magma near the surface. Earthquakes periodically rock its lonely outposts, creating some of the biggest fault scarps in the world. With the help of Roadside Geology of Nevada, you can appreciate geologic features along more than thirty of Nevada’s highways.

Frank DeCourten has taught geology and conducted geological research in and around the Great Basin of northern Nevada for more than four decades. Since 1994, Frank has been Professor of Earth Sciences at Sierra College in Grass Valley, California. He lives in Penn Valley, California, with his wife, Becky, and dog, Blue.

Norma Biggar graduated from Antioch College and earned a Masters degree at the University of Alaska. She worked for a consulting company first evaluating the seismic hazards. Her latest project was on the high-level nuclear waste project in Nevada. Upon retirement, she started working on the Roadside Geology of Nevada. She died in November 2016 before the book was finished.