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Profiles of Geoscientists

Employment in the geosciences may best be summarized by the types of employers. The major employer categories represent nearly all working geoscientists, and it is a certainty that you will spend some part of your geoscience career in one of these major employment sectors:

The Oil and Gas Industry
Hydro/Environmental/Engineering Geology
Federal Government
State Geological Surveys
Mining and Mineral Industry
Department of Energy National Laboratories

To provide you with an understanding and appreciation of the varied career pathways available in the geosciences, brief biographies of distinguished geoscience professionals are provided. Some of those profiled have written essays about working in the geosciences.

The Oil and Gas Industry

Petroleum Geologists

James A. Gibbs - Five States Energy Company, Dallas, TX
Robert K. Merrill - UNOCAL Corporation, Sugar Land, TX

Energy and Environmental Policy

Jeff Eppink - ICF Kaiser Consulting Group, Washington, DC

Geological Engineer

Craig C. Kemp - Altura Energy Ltd., Houston, TX

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Hydro/Environmental/Engineering Geology

Environmental Geologist

Jessica Donovan - ENVIRON, Emeryville, CA


Philip E. LaMoreaux - LaMoreaux and Associates, Tuscaloosa, AL
Russell G. Slayback - Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc., Trumbull, CT
David A. Stephenson - South Pass Resources, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ

Engineering Geologists

Eldon Gath - Earth Consultants International, Orange, CA
Richard E. Gray - GAI Consultants Inc., Monroeville, PA


Brent R. Constantz - Norian Corporation, Cuptertino, CA

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Federal Government


Charles E. Brown - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
Leonard F. Konikow - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
Susan F. Zevin - National Weather Service, Silver Spring, MD


P. Patrick Leahy - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA


Dallas L. Peck - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA

Marine Geologist

Bonnie A. McGregor - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA


Norman Frederiksen - U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA


J. Thomas Dutro, Jr. - U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, DC


Mary Lou Zoback - U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

Space Physicist

Richard E. Young - NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

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State Geological Surveys


Vicki Cowart - Colorado Geological Survey, Denver, CO

Petroleum Geologist

William L. Fisher - University of Texas, Austin, TX

Economic Geologist

Jonathan G. Price - Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, Reno, NV


Walter Schmidt - Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, FL

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Mining and Mineral Industry

Exploration Geologist

Paul A. Bailly - Castle Group, Inc., Denver, CO


Odin D. Christensen - Newmont Mining Corporation, Denver, CO


Department of Energy National Laboratories


Carl W. Myers - Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, NM
Stephen H. Stow - Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Peter S. Fiske - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

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Louis A. Fernandez - California State University, San Bernadino, CA


Constance Sancetta - National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA


James V. Taranik - Desert Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV

Engineering Geologist

John W. Williams - San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Earth Science Teacher

Linda Knight - Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX


Richard W. Spinrad - Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, Washington, DC

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