American Institute of Professional Geologists Ohio Section

American Institute of Professional Geologists Ohio Section


25th Annual Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park Dinner-Auction May 11, 2019 Sally Buffalo Park's Wallace Lodge Cadiz, Ohio
14th Annual Old Construction & Mining Equipment Show September 9 & 10, 2017 New Athens, Ohio. Just west of the 55th Annual Stumptown Steam Threshers Reunion & Show Past shows included operating & static displays of construction equipment, mining equipment, crawlers, trucks (Semi & Pick up), models, history displays, and more. Located just west of the 55th Annual Stumptown Steam Threshers Inc. Reunion & Show. Past shows included steam, gas, and diesel tractors, engines, hit & miss, oilfield engines, saw mill, antique cars, trucks (semi & pick up), garden tractors, and more. The two shows are separate events and has separate admissions.

AIPG Ohio Section promotes and supports the geologic profession in Ohio. Our mission is to be recognized as the principal advocate for geology and the geologic profession in Ohio by encouraging high ethical standards and continuing career development.

The primary goal of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Ohio Section is to be the principal advocate for geology and the geologic profession in Ohio, and to promote high ethical standards and continuing career development for our members. In addition, the Ohio Section of AIPG functions as a liaison between Members and the geologic community, state and local government, and general public. If you are a geologist or geology student in the state of Ohio, we encourage you to seek the qualifications for full or student membership and professional certification in AIPG.

Ohio Section AIPG Events - meetings, lectures, field trips

The Ohio Section of AIPG and the Youngstown State University Student Chapter of AIPG is pleased to host Dr. Thomas Jordan at the Section’s Fall Meeting at The Boulder Creek Golf Club & Event Center, 9700 Page Road, Streetsboro, Ohio next Thursday, September 26th. Dr. Jordan will be presenting: “Evaluating AI to Assist with Predictive Landslide Susceptibility Modeling for Well Pad and Pipeline Planning and Design”

More details and registration at: 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!

From Stock Cars to "Rock" Stars: Everything You Do Has an Impact

Here is a TED Talk given by the AIPG's National Executive Director Dr. Aaron Johnson on how and why he became a geologist. Enjoy. Stock car racing and geology may seem like odd bedfellows. Listen as Dr. Aaron Johnson uses personal stories and professional experiences to illustrate how even the simplest actions can have profound impacts on Earth and on other people.

Thanks to all who participated in our first annual golf outing! Great time had by all!

The Ohio Geological Society

The Ohio Geological Society

FRIDAY, May 17th, 2019

Lunch & Talk begin at 12:00 pm

H. R. Collins Lab and Core Repository
3307 S. Old State Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Lunch Provided for Registered Attendees
RSVP required

Overview of Permian Basin Stacked Pays – the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Steven P. Zody - Zody Geoscience, LLC

Production from the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico has sharply accelerated, recently exceeding 4 million BOPD. The stratigraphic column of the region offers a unique combination of organic rich mudrocks, siliciclastics, and carbonates. The current configuration of the basin resulted from tectonic activity during the Ouachita orogeny which formed two distinct basins – Midland and Delaware – separated by the Central Basin Platform. Repeated cycles of high stand systems tracts and low stand systems tracts deposited over 3000 feet of stacked pays in some areas. During high stands, allochthonous carbonate debris and organic mudrocks were deposited in the basins, while carbonate build ups flourished on platforms. Low stand phases resulted in platform exposure/erosion while siliciclastic deposits via turbidity currents created lowstand wedges, channels, and fan complexes in the basins. In addition, favorable thermal maturation and overpressure contribute to the prolific nature of these rocks. The “Spraberry Trend” of the Midland Basin, once considered “the world’s largest uneconomic oil field” has transformed into some of the most valuable acreage in the world.

Steve is an AAPG and SIPES certified petroleum geoscientist with over thirty years of integrated oil & gas exploration and development experience in several basins in the U.S. Steve has been responsible for drilling many wells in west Texas, southeast New Mexico, and the Michigan and Appalachian Basins. After beginning his career in 1988 with Mobil Exploration and Production in Midland, TX, he worked the Michigan Basin for Savoy Oil and Gas. In 1995, he founded Zody Geoscience and worked as an oil and gas prospector and consultant focusing on Trenton and Knox projects. In addition, he evaluated and made recommendations on over $10 billion and 500,000 acres of prospective Permian Basin assets for SM Energy. He worked with Exploration & BD teams to generate petrophysical models, play maps, and EUR trends. He has experience in both conventional and unconventional plays, 2D & 3D seismic interpretation, and enhanced recovery projects. Steve earned a B.S. in Geology from Ashland College in 1986 and an M.S. in Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology in 1988.

Ohio Section AIPG Events - meetings, lectures, field trips

The Ohio Section of AIPG and the WSU Student Chapter of AIPG is pleased to host Dr.
Patrick Burkhart at the Section’s Spring Meeting and Dinner presentation, which will take place this Thursday, April 18, 2019 at La Scala Italian Bistro, 4199 W. Dublin Granville Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Dr. Burkhart will be presenting: Savor the Cryosphere.

More details and registration here:

The Ohio Geological Society

OGS Scholarship
2019-2020 Application for Scholarship for Member’s Children and Student Members
The Ohio Geological Society (OGS) is sponsoring a scholarship for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020). This award is for $1,500.00. The award will be determined by the OGS Scholarship Committee and announced at the May 2019 meeting of the Society. The award will be paid directly to the student, not to the educational institution.

Essay Topic
This year’s (2019-2020) Essay Topic is:

Given: Increased petroleum production in the United States has resulted in lower prices for gasoline and other products. Is this a positive or a negative for the petroleum industry in Ohio and the United States in general? Please give at least one or more positive and one or more negative aspect, and explain why (in your opinion) you think the positive or the negative aspect(s) outweigh the other. There is no right or wrong conclusion. Just support your opinion.

Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2019

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Congrats to Mike Angle who was appointed as Ohio’s 14th State Geologist! Read more here:

American Geosciences Institute

Are you considering a career in the geosciences? Whether you're a new geoscience major or nearly finished with your advanced degree, we invite you to check out Career Compass, a new resource from AGI that shows you how to build, grow, and connect in the profession!

If you'll be at #AGU18, stop by booth 1215 to tell us about your career path!

Ohio Section AIPG Events - meetings, lectures, field trips

Join us on November 15th for the Ohio Section Annual Meeting! More details here

American Geosciences Institute

Introducing the Earth Science Week Online Toolkit - just in time for #EarthScienceWeek 2018!
The Online Toolkit currently offers over 30 classroom activities, posters, and calendars, including many of the items that shipped with this year’s Toolkit. Additionally, the Online Toolkit contains resources going back to 2015, as well as several resources that are available exclusively online. Available through the Earth Science Week website, it is easier than ever to find what you’re seeking. The Online Toolkit allows users to filter activities by Earth Science Week theme, disciplinary core idea, and even language.

Check it out at

The Ohio Geological Society

ATTENTION - In honor of Earth Science Day, the ODNR-Division of Geological Survey is leading four geology tours on Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Geology Hike – Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve, Jackson
Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.

Guided Fossil Hunt with a Paleontologist – Caesar Creek State Park, Waynesville
Sunday, October 14, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Geology Hike – Chestnut Ridge MetroPark, Carroll
Sunday, October 14, 1:00–3:00 p.m..
Hydrogeology Hike – Clear Creek MetroPark, Rockbridge
Sunday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.

For details, visit

American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

AIPG Student Poster Winners

On September 25, 2017 the AIPG National President, Adam Heft, presented checks to the AIPG Student Poster winners at the AIPG National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Undergraduate 1st Prize of $500: Characterization of Metaphorphosed Shales Across the Miller Cove Thrust, SE Tennessee by Jonathan Stanfield, AIPG Student Member, Undergraduate Division of Geology at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN.

Undergraduate 2nd Prize of $200: A Traditional Lecture Classroom vs. a Scale-Up Classroom; A Comparison of Student Learning Gains in an Earth Science Course for Non-Science Majors by Baylee Stark, AIPG Student Member, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

Undergraduate 3rd Prize of $100: Feasibility of Fluorescent Placer Diamond Prospecting Using Ultra-Violet Specific Longwave LED Light Sources by John Waida, AIPG Student Member, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO.

Graduate 1st Prize of $600: Geohazard Mapping Using Lidar and Satellite Imagery in Oklahoma by Olufeyisayo Illesanmi, AIPG Student Member, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.

Graduate 2nd Prize of $250: Determination of Optimum Parameter Settings of Multi Chanel Analysis of Surface Waves Application in Karst Terrain. A Case Study in Southwest Missouri by Nathainail Bashir, AIPG Student Member, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.

Graduate 3rd Prize of $100: Paleontological Documentation of Cretaceous Invertebrate Fauna in Libya by Belkasim Khameiss, AIPG Student Member, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

Currents #119 investigated the representation of women in geoscience faculty positions in the United States. To extend that conversation of gender representation in the geosciences, NSF’s 2013 restricted-use data file integrating the National Survey of College Graduates and the Survey of Doctoral Recipients was used to look at the representation of women in the geoscience workforce as a whole. Overall, women made up 34% of the geoscience workforce in 2013. When those individuals were broken into their age groups, it is clear that the representation of women in the geoscience workforce has increased with time.
Geoscience Currents #120 shows the representation of women by age in the geoscience workforce, including within various industries in 2013.
View the latest Geoscience Currents online at

Congratulations to Wright State student Baylee Stark for placing 2nd in the undergraduate category in the student poster presentation at the AIPG National meeting!

Wright State University graduate student Baylee Stark and her presentation poster. Great job Baylee!

Great presentation this morning from Tennessee State Geologist Ron Zurawski. Fantastic summary of state geology, including hazards and economic importance.

A closer look at the donated and 100% REAL isotelus maximus we obtained from Tom Johnson and the House of Phacops for the AIPG Foundation silent auction.

A sneak peak at the Ohio Section donations for tonight's silent auction. Here to high hopes for some good revenue for the AIPG Foundation!

Student and professional social hour. We enjoyed meeting some smart and capable students!

The President's hammer.

Sneak preview on a silent auction item for tomorrow.

Great experience today taking part in the AIPG National meeting in Nashville.

[08/18/17]   Registration is now open for the AIPG Ohio Section's October 2017 Vapor Intrusion Short Course. Vapor intrusion (VI) is the migration of undesirable chemical components into indoor airspace and is one of the primary routes of human exposure to volatile organic compounds released to the subsurface. This short course will cover many aspects of VI, including the physical processes governing subsurface vapor transport and entry into buildings, assessment, monitoring and mitigation strategies, risk analysis, legal aspects, case studies and field demonstrations. CEUs will be available and we are working with Ohio EPA to get VAP PDHUs for Certified Professionals that attend. For more information visit To register visit Seating is Limited.

Ohio State Geology Field Camp

Looks like the OSU students are hard at work in "geology boot camp". Great pictures and keep up the hard work!

This page is dedicated to the geology field course hosted by the Ohio State University's School of Earth Sciences.

Event Details

The AIPG Ohio Section is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the October 2017 Vapor Intrusion Short Course. Vapor intrusion (VI) is the migration of undesirable chemical components into indoor airspace. Vapor intrusion into buildings is one of the primary routes of human exposure to volatile organic compounds released to the subsurface. This short course will cover VI aspects including the physical processes governing subsurface vapor transport and entry into buildings, VI assessment, monitoring and mitigation strategies, VI risk analysis, legal aspects, case studies and field demonstrations. CEUs will be available and we are working with Ohio EPA to get VAP PDHUs for Certified Professionals that attend.

Please visit the main events page on our website at for more details or register here:

Don't forget to RSVP for our Section Dinner meeting and presentation this Thursday. Details here: Also, there is a new blog post up on the recent field trip to Shale Hollow with OSU and WSU Students. See it here:

Great field trip today at Shale Hollow with OSU and WSU student chapters! Special thanks to Curt Coe for leading such a great trip!

Newsletters AIPG-Ohio

April 2017 newsletter is on the website. Check it out here:

[03/29/17]   The upcoming April 5 Remediation Workshop has been approved for Ohio EPA VAP PDHUs required for Certified Professionals. Hit the link to register:

Event Details

New details available on the April 5 Remediation Workshop and April 20 Spring Dinner Presentation are up on the website. Check out the details here: and don't forget to register! Ohio Section, will be leading a field trip at the Carbon Limestone Landfill on Saturday March 18th 2017 starting at 9:30 am. The field trip will start with a discussion of the site history, geology, hydrogeology, followed by a tour of the landfill. The Carbon Limestone Landfill is located in a for...

Arctic ice loss driven by natural swings, not just mankind: study

By Alister Doyle
ReutersMarch 13, 2017

[03/10/17]   Please see our events page for a March 18 field trip to an active landfill and former limestone quarry, and an upcoming Remediation Workshop we are helping to promote. See the details here:

[02/26/17]   Interesting article by Bradley Lepper, curator of archaeology at the Ohio History Connection in the Columbus Dispatch Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 page G3 "Ancient cultures also were affected by #climatechange " in 1250AD. Broxton Bird, paleoclimatologist at Indiana University-Purdue University analyzed 2,100 years of temperature and precipitation data from Martin lake in NE Indiana to formulate the conclusion.

Event Details

Also, last chance to register for Thursday Dinner Presentation at WSU. Click here for more info: Pre-registration and payment via PayPal will be required. Please click on the following link to register

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