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The 2022 CODE-GEO program for undergraduate students is accepting applications for their in-person event at Virginia Tech, which will be held February 29 - March 6. Details can be found here:
Greetings! Here's a link to The San Diego Union-Tribune article about Pat Abbott and his upcoming online series "Mother Nature in San Diego" based on his SDSU "Natural Disasters" course. The free series is presented by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and a link to register is in the comments. Hope you can join us!
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Job Posting: Engineering Geologist (Hazardous Waste)

A GRAnD shoutout to Drake Singleton, "A Geophysics graduate student conducts research to understand earthquakes and active faults in Southern California" -SIO. Recently featured in Scripps Student Spotlight
Check out the journey of this amazing grad who is taking part in, literally groundbreaking research in the Maloney lab! (link:…

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Position: Paleontologist (On-call)

Red Tail Environmental, Inc. is seeking paleontologists to work on an as-needed basis on projects throughout Southern California. The successful candidate will report to senior project managers and work directly with environmental specialists on construction projects in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. Primary responsibilities will include providing technical assistance for preconstruction paleontological assessments, construction monitoring, fossil salvage, and laboratory preparation in compliance with CEQA, NEPA, and other federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Skills and Qualifications
- Bachelor degree or higher in geology, paleontology, or closely-related field is preferred but experience conducting paleontological monitoring and fossil salvage or preparation may be substituted for some education;
- One-year prior paleontological field experience in California is preferred but field experience in other states may be substituted on an individual basis;
- Experience identifying and analyzing a wide variety of vertebrate, invertebrate and plant paleontological remains in the field;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work as part of a team in remote environments;
- Knowledge of paleontological monitoring, mitigation, and salvage principles and standards preferred;
- Field experience should include jacketing and recovering fossils, fossil locality and geologic data recovery, and stratigraphic measurement;
- Ability to carry 30 pounds over rough terrain in sometimes inclement weather during the course of an 8-hour work day;
- Experience with drafting portions of reports preferred;
- Valid driver’s license in good standing, and reliable transportation.

To apply for this position please submit a resume, three references, and a cover letter explaining your professional experience and educational background to [email protected]. Competitive wages are based on level of education and experience. Red Tail Environmental, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse work force.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at San Diego State University

San Diego State University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (formerly Geological Sciences)

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Dear Geology Program Representative,

Every year the Board attempts to reach out to all geology programs in California to offer its assistance in informing students of the value of professional geology licensure and how they might achieve a professional license.

In the past we have made ‘in person’ presentations to geology students in classroom settings, as well as appear at career fairs, senior project days, and to make individual presentations to geology specific student chapters of professional clubs. We have also embraced the challenges of presenting this vital information to schools and to students via online and video programs as may be requested by the schools. There is no fee charged for any such interaction with Board staff.

Most geology programs in California have responded to our requests to engage with students in

their programs. “Introduction to Geology”, “Professional Responsibility in Geology”, and even “Senior Project” are just some of the class names that instructors have seen fit to include a presentation on professional licensure by our staff.

Right now, the Board is focusing on the increased interaction of our Staff Registrar for Geology with the various programs at our colleges and universities. We ask you to be sure that at some point in their academic careers, each of your geology students is afforded the opportunity to interact with one of our Board Staff to establish a point of contact that will be useful to them long after they have left your campus to put their education to practical use.

In the next school year, we will be reaching out to the ‘feeder schools’ (mostly California Community Colleges) that transfer students into your geology programs, hoping to help inform those students of the areas of geology that require a specific license, as well as to assist in the areas outlined above.

For more information, please reach out to:

Board Outreach Coordinator Brooke Phayer: [email protected]. Gov,

or by contacting our Staff Senior Registrar for Geology and Geophysics: Josh Goodwin, PG, CEG:

[email protected]

If there is anything else the Board can do to assist you in the development of future geologists in California, please do not hesitate to let us know.


Richard B. Moore Executive Officer


Gobbi, Kimbrie
10:27 AM (27 minutes ago)
to Eric, Darcy, me

Good morning!

Just an FYI about this program. I’m not sure if your students could find a way to fit into but, but perhaps it’s something I could set up a meeting for you to discuss with our education committee chair if you have any interest?

Thank you!

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Kimbrie Gobbi

Marine Scientist


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From: Western Dredging Association
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2023 10:03 AM
To: Gobbi, Kimbrie
Subject: WEDA Fellowship Position - Applications due by November 1st

Dear Kimbrie Gobbi,

September 22, 2023

The Western Dredging Association is pleased to enter the third year of the WEDA Fellows program. Effective February 1, 2024, the program will provide an incentive for students to contribute to the advancement of the dredging profession through significant and sustained contribution to the dredging discipline via excellence in dredging education, innovation in practice or education, demonstrated meritorious service, and/or knowledge sharing.

The Fellows program will provide $6,250/term or $12,500/school year to one or two eligible students. Eligibility will include students currently in their senior year of undergraduate work, masters and doctorate students, maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, in educational disciplines including, but not limited to, dredging, coastal engineering, civil engineering (with a study focus on water), and oceanography.

Download Fellowship Application
Download Position Description
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Applications for the WEDA Fellow application must be completed and submitted by November 1, 2023, and emailed to Tom Cappellino at [email protected].

Thank you, and we look forward to your applications.

Tom Cappellino
Executive Director
Western Dredging Association
[email protected] | (949) 422-8231

Food Reservation Form 06/12/2023

Be sure to sign up for the combined SDAG and SCGS (South Coast Geological Society) meeting on June 21st to hear our own Dr. Jillian Maloney describe " High-resolution geophysical mapping offshore southern California reveals active faulting and repeated landslides"

SDAG Joint Meeting with SCGS
Wednesday - June 21
Location: El Adobe Restaurant
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano
Phone: (949)493-1163

Take I-5 to the Ortega Highway exit, go west. Ortega Hwy dead-ends into Camino Capistrano (after 3 blocks); turn left and go about 11/2 blocks. El Adobe Restaurant is on the right side of the street. Parking lot is behind building. Additional parking can be found across the street...or...
Amtrak (El Adobe is 3 blocks south of the train station) is not available this year due to landslides.

happy hour
6:00pm -
Social hour
SDAG Monthly Meeting
6:00pm - Happy Hour
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation and Questions

Members: $65 Non-Members: $70 Student: $40.00

Food Reservation Form

Arthur Gibbs Sylvester 05/29/2023

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The view.

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Assistant Research Scientist, Geospatial Data Scientist 02/27/2023

Job Description

The Desert Research Institute's (DRI's) Division of Hydrologic Sciences seeks an Assistant Research Scientist to develop, maintain, and apply climate and satellite remote sensing data and cloud computing software and web applications related to quantifying linkages between vegetation, water supply, and climate. This position will support ongoing programs at DRI to develop, analyze, and identify key linkages between water, climate, and vegetation change across the western U.S. and other arid and semi-arid regions. Candidates possessing skills in the development and application of software to process gridded weather and climate data, analyze satellite remote sensing data, produce machine learning models, and use of industry standard software and software development tools and protocols (e.g. GitHub), are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is located in Reno, NV.

Required Experience/Education

Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a focus on hydrology, ecology, earth sciences, remote sensing, geospatial modeling, or computer science
Expertise and strong evidence of data science, analysis, and management of large spatiotemporal datasets
Expertise and strong evidence in using Google Earth Engine (JavaScript and Python APIs)
Expertise and strong evidence in using R and Python programming languages
Experience in developing and training machine learning models
Extensive experience in developing, documenting, maintaining, and applying software tools using industry standard version control and software development and documentation protocols and style guides (e.g. GitHub, Read the Docs)
Advanced skills using GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL)
Experience in using satellite remote sensing and spatial climate data in combination
Strong evidence of applied statistical and mathematical skills
Experience developing advanced data visualizations and web applications
Experience with stakeholder engagement, outreach, and trainings on the use of developed software and web applications
Experience working with non-profits and government agencies (e.g. NASA, BLM, Forest Service)
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Preferred Experience

Experience developing software and web applications using multiple software languages (e.g. Python, R, JavaScript)
Experience developing examples and tutorial software (e.g. Google Colab, Jupyter Notebooks)
Experience with development and editing of technical tutorial videos
Experience using Google Cloud products, storage buckets, and Cloud Optimized Geotiffs (COGs)
Familiarity with the Climate Engine web application and APIs
Familiarity with the data needs of non-profits and government agencies in decision processes

Minimum starting salary is $71,069 and is commensurate with experience and education.

DRI offers a benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance; including 15.50% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the choice of three health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.

Assistant Research Scientist, Geospatial Data Scientist Thank you for your interest in employment with the Desert Research Institute. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application: Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you....


More valued and appreciated work by our faculty and students!

This past weekend we posted a map of the Salton Sea ca. 1912-1913. A robust discussion comprising dozens of comments resulted, and more than 300,000 people viewed the post. Jordan Bright (Northern Arizona University) noted that Rockwell and others (2022) documented the past 2,000 year history of Lake Cahuilla, presaging the 20th-21st century Salton Sea. You can review or download the paper here:
“Map of the shoreline and inundation zone of Lake Cahuilla, outlined in black. Colorado River channels (including the Alamo and New Rivers) are marked as light blue dash-dotted lines. Faults (in red) are adapted from Fletcher et al. (2014), Rockwell et al. (2015), and U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey (2020).”
Citation: Thomas K. Rockwell, Aron J. Meltzner, Erik C. Haaker, Danielle Madugo, 2022, The late Holocene history of Lake Cahuilla: Two thousand years of repeated fillings within the Salton Trough, Imperial Valley, California. Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 282

Timeline photos 02/10/2023

We are hiring! Are you a skilled GIS Analyst looking for an exciting career working in hydrogeology and wetlands ecology in the Great State of Utah? The UGS’s Groundwater and Wetlands Program in the Utah Department of Natural Resources is looking for someone like you to fill their Senior GIS Analyst position.

Are you interested, or do you know someone who might be? Click here to learn more and apply by the 2/20/2023 deadline:

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It's brutal what they say.

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Desert Research Institute and the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences at UNR are searching for a Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D. level) to develop and perform physical hydrologic analyses that can support the recovery of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish. For more information, go to


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