San Francisco AEG April Virtual Social Night!

Please join the San Francisco AEG Chapter’s April Virtual Social Night! It will be a night of Jeopardy and socializing. Log in a join them for a night of fun!

Meeting Details:

May 4, 2021 @ 7 pm

This is a free event, but feel free to donate to our student scholarship!

A link and login instructions will be sent the day of the event.

Spaces are limited, RSVP in advance!

Please fill out the online form by 5 PM, Monday May3, 2021.

California Geological Survey (CGS) is Hiring!

The California Geological Survey (CGS) is seeking to hire a Civil Engineer with geotechnical engineering experience to add to our staff in the Essential Facilities Review Program. The Civil (geotechnical) Engineer will be responsible for reviewing geologic and geotechnical reports prepared by others for projects at public K-12 schools, community colleges, and acute care hospital projects throughout California. The position will be based out of one of the three main CGS offices (Sacramento, Los Angeles, or San Mateo) and is subject to ongoing telework in accordance with State of California and Department of Conservation policies. If you or someone you know may be interested and qualified for the Civil (geotechnical) Engineer position with CGS, please review the job duties and application requirements listed in the position postings for each of the three main CGS offices:


Los Angeles:

San Mateo:

The final filing deadline for applications is April 13, 2021. If prospective applicants should have questions about the position, please contact Chase White at

Sacramento AEG Virtual March Meeting!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM PDT on Zoom! We will be hosting Professor Ross W. Boulanger from the Center for Geotechnical Modeling in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis who will be giving a presentation titled Liquefaction: Lessons, challenges and opportunities. Register HERE!

Liquefaction: Lessons, challenges, and opportunities

Ross W. Boulanger, PhD, PE, NAE

 Distinguished Professor and Director: Center for Geotechnical Modeling, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis


Liquefaction during earthquakes has been the subject of extensive study for over half a century and is now routinely addressed in engineering practice using a wide range of technical approaches that depend on the project size and importance. These past studies have produced major advances in our scientific understanding of liquefaction phenomena and the engineering practices used to address liquefaction hazards, but there remain numerous situations where knowledge gaps and engineering practice limitations hinder the efficient mitigation of earthquake-induced liquefaction damage to our infrastructure and communities. This presentation examines a number of lessons, challenges, and opportunities regarding the evaluation and mitigation of liquefaction hazards, including aspects of site characterization, engineering analysis methods, challenging soil types, remediation methods, performance-based engineering procedures, and risk management approaches.

Speaker Bio

Professor Ross W. Boulanger is Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his PhD and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his BASc degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His research and professional practice are primarily related to liquefaction and its remediation, seismic performance of dams and levees, and seismic soil-structure interaction. His honors include the TK Hsieh Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Peck Award, Norman Medal, Huber Prize, and Casagrande Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and election to the US National Academy of Engineering. 

Thinking About Additional Licensure?

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists administers the Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG), Certified Hydrogeologist (CHG) and Professional Geophysicist (PGp) examinations. 

These exams are computer-based (CBT) and administered once a year in early October.  This year the exams were recently re-scheduled to October 7, 2021.  To apply for approval to take any of these examinations, you must submit your application and all required documentation by the final filing date of May 3, 2021.

If you have additional questions, please visit the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website:

Sacramento AEG Student Night Meeting 2021 and 2021 Scholarship Information!

The AEG Sacramento Chapter is hosting its annual Student Night meeting on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Register for the free virtual meeting HERE. Both students and professionals are highly encouraged to attend to provide the best experience possible. The meeting is a great opportunity for geology students to interact with professional geologists in the environmental & engineering geology fields.

Poster Presentation Information:

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) are encouraged to submit posters to present during the virtual meeting to highlight their thesis research and/or classroom research for discussion/input in a friendly setting. For students who are graduating soon, it is a great way to network with prospective employers. If you are planning on displaying a poster, please notify Matt Buche at The first 8 students who sign up and display posters will be awarded $50. Attendees of the meeting will vote on the best poster, and the winner will receive an additional $100!

Meeting Information:

5:45 – 6:00 pm         Virtual Meeting Open to Guests

6:00 – 6:30 pm        Round-Table Introductions

6:30 – 6:45 pm         General Announcements

6:45 – 7:30 pm         Student Poster Presentations

7:30 – 8:00 pm        Student Scholarship and Poster Awards

Please contact John Murphy, Chapter Chairperson (, or Matt Buche (, Scholarships Chairperson, with any questions.

Click HERE to register for Student Night!

2021 Scholarship Information:

  • One $1,000 scholarship to junior or senior year undergraduate students
  • One $1,500 scholarship to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree with an environmental or engineering geology emphasis

Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the following four-year universities:
CSU Chico          CSU Sacramento           UC Davis           Univ. of Pacific CSU Fresno           CSU Stanislaus             UC Merced

Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate: Scholarship applicants must be in their junior or senior year and have a declared major in geology or a related earth science discipline.
  • Graduate: Scholarship applicants must be a first- or second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree with an environmental or engineering geology emphasis, such as hydrogeology, earthquake and geologic hazards, etc.

Scholarship applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and will be scored based on their grade point average within their study major.

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 15th. See the application materials for full eligibility requirements and instructions.

Scholarship Application:

H Ray Taber AEG Foundation Scholarship Instructions (2021)Download

H Ray Taber AEG Foundation Scholarship Application (2021)Download


Sacramento AEG February Meeting!

Please join us on Tuesday, February 23 on Zoom! Our speaker will be Mr. Alex Morelan will give a presentation titled Geologic Observations of the July 2019 Mw 6.4 and Mw 7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence  The event will begin at 5:30PM.

About the Topic:

The Ridgecrest earthquake sequence began on July 4, 2019 with a M w 6.4 earthquake at
10:33 am PDT at a depth of 8.7 km. The epicenter was located about 18 km east-northeast of the
city of Ridgecrest within the Naval Weapons Station China Lake (NWSCL) property. This event
was preceded by several small foreshocks a few days prior to the event. Surface rupture from this
event was expressed as a zone of surface faulting over 17 km long, that consisted of several
strands of en-echelon stepovers striking northeast-southwest with left-lateral displacement.
Rupture appears to have propagated from the epicenter toward the southwest. Aftershock
patterns of the M w 6.4 event largely followed the northeast-southwest surface rupture trend with a
perpendicular northwest-southeast L-shaped pattern that developed near the epicenter at the
northeast end of the fault zone. This northwest-southeast aftershock pattern appeared to be
weakly coincident with a discontinuous zone of northwest-striking, previously mapped
Holocene-active faults. This pattern of orthogonal faulting and seismicity hinted at the possibility
of cross-fault triggering, like what was observed in other earthquake sequences such as the 1987
Elmore Ranch – Superstition Hills earthquake sequence (e.g. Hudnut et al., 1989). About 34
hours after the M w 6.4 event and numerous large (M5+) aftershocks, the M w 7.1 mainshock event
occurred at 8:19pm PDT. The epicenter of the mainshock event was located approximately 10
km northwest of the M w 6.4 epicenter at a depth of 10 km. Surface rupture from this event
occurred along a northwest-southeast striking fault zone coincident with the northwest -southeast
M w 6.4 aftershock seismicity. Displacements on the M w 7.1 trace were primarily right-lateral and
extended bilaterally away from the epicenter over a distance of ~50 km. This presentation will
include a discussion of the overall earthquake response by geologic teams, surface rupture
characteristics, and slip measurements compiled to date for both Mw 6.4 and Mw 7.1 earthquake
events, including an overview of data collection methods.

About the Alex Morelan:

Alex Morelan is an engineering geologist with the California Geological Survey (CGS) in
Sacramento. He received both his BS (2011) and PhD (2019) at UC Davis, after which he started
at CGS. Alex’s dissertation focused on tectonic geomorphology and earthquake geology. His
focus areas included slip rates along the southern San Andreas fault, alluvial fan deposition along
active range fronts in eastern California and Nevada, and using photogrammetry to archive
ephemeral earthquake offsets after the 2014 Napa earthquake.

Please register here!

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link.

We hope to virtually see you there!

The Geology of Sacramento Has Been Published!

The Geology of Sacramento has just been published. The book totals almost 400 pages; includes collaborations from 24 different authors representing 11 state agencies, 5 academic institutions, and 7 consulting firms; and more than 30 peer reviewers, as well as more than 47 additional professionals providing technical support. To celebrate this event, the publishers are offering several pricing bundles that include previously published works (while supplies last), and all pricing bundles include FREE SHIPPING!

  1. Option 1:  purchase GEOLOGY OF SAN FRANCISCO (I9780898635003) and get 20% discount of the list price ($79.95), plus free shipping. TOTAL = $63.96. This is a savings of $16 off the list price and about $8 shipping. (Use code SFGEO at checkout!)
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Please note that you must include the discount code  when ordering.

To order these books, call 1-650-591-3505 between 8 am and 5pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Even though this is a California prefix, the warehouse is in Massachusetts. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may have a problem getting through, so please be patient. Shipping will likely take a couple of weeks. 

Geologists are Essential Workers! Bumper Stickers Sale to Benefit Students

These timely Geologists are Essential Workers magnetic bumper stickers let people know that geologists all over the country are still hard at work, despite the challenges of COVID!  Now is the time to order one for yourself by donating $25 to the AEG Foundation, if you haven’t already done so.  Since we can’t meet in person right now, we are using an “Each One Reach One” approach to get the word out, so please help us by reaching out to just one of your geologic colleagues with the message about the bumper stickers.  It’s all for a very good cause—-the AEG Foundation will use the money to provide more students with scholarships, which will be even more important this difficult year! Thank you from the AEG Foundation, and all the students who will benefit!Donate here:

AGI Critical Minerals Forum webinar series: Feb 12 – Feb 26

The World Community of Geological Survey Organizations (WCOGS) is pleased to sponsor a three-part webinar series that brings together representatives from multiple geological surveys organizations to provide an update on the latest geoscience results and to discuss future critical mineral research. The Critical Minerals Forum will be hosted as a set of three regional sessions (Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia and Oceania). Each regional forum will feature lectures from science policy experts and geoscientists during a live plenary and moderated discussion session with attendees.

Presentations will focus on advanced mineral system models that are applicable to critical minerals and new methods for modelling mineral potential in buried, remote, and/or other challenging mineral exploration settings. Both of these research themes are included within the new Critical Mineral Mapping Initiative that is being conducted between the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, and the United States Geological Survey. Global efforts to expand this collaboration, including the development of an online geochemical portal for critical mineral deposits, will be discussed as part of this special session and is open to further contributions, research, and analysis.

This webinar series will feature international leaders in the field, presenting the latest developments, and will be of interest to students, academics, private sector practitioners, and other government agencies.

The Critical Minerals Forum sessions are as follows:

Americas – 12 February 2021 – The role of geological survey organizations to advance critical mineral research
Pre-recorded presentations live stream 11.00 – 13.00 EST
Live plenary and discussion 13.00 – 14.30 EST
The pre-recorded presentations for this session will be available online starting on 08 February.

Europe and Africa – 19 February 2021 – The past, present, and future directions of critical mineral research
Pre-recorded presentations live stream 11.00 – 13.00 CET
Live plenary and discussion 13.00 – 14.30 CET
The pre-recorded presentations for this session will be available online starting on 15 February.

Asia and Oceania – 26 February 2021 – Geoscience to support critical mineral discovery
Pre-recorded presentations live stream 11.00 – 13.00 AWST
Live plenary and discussion 13.00 – 14.30 AWST
The pre-recorded presentations for this session will be available online starting on 22 February.

For more information, including registration details, please visit:  

For more information, please see the attached PDF. We encourage you distribute this email to anyone who may be interested.

Please contact Christopher Lawley at with any questions about this webinar series.

The Critical Minerals Forum is organized by the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, and the United States Geological Survey, and hosted by the American Geosciences Institute.

UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

The IUGS and iCRAG have organized an upcoming UNESCO online lecture series on Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society.  Recognized global experts will present about how minerals and other Earth materials are part of the development of a sustainable global society while respecting the natural world.  The lectures are framed in context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and aim to boost the broad knowledge of sustainability and Earth materials.

All lectures are free to attend and will include live Q&A sessions with the presenters.  All sessions will be conducted in English, but live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi will be available.

Please see below or the attached flyer for more details.  

To register and for the latest updates, visit

If you have any questions, please email

The planned lectures are:

Earth materials: the foundation for development

Review of historical and present-day mineral demand and its connections to the economy and technology

26 January 2021
Start time: 05.00 (Vancouver) * 08.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 13.00 (London) * 14.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 15.00 (Johannesburg) * 16.00 (Nairobi) * 18.30 (Mumbai) * 19.00 (Dhaka) * 21.00 (Beijing) * 22.00 (Tokyo) * 00.00+1 (Sydney).

  • Dr Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC, Delaware, USA.
  • Dr Nellie Mutemeri, Mining Practice Lead, Mutemeri Consulting and Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Climate neutrality, the circular economy, and earth materials

Reimagining metal supply to meet demand and societal expectations

2 February 2021
Start time: 07.00 (Vancouver) * 10.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 15.00 (London) * 16.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 17.00 (Johannesburg) * 18.00 (Nairobi) * 20.30 (Mumbai) * 21.00 (Dhaka) * 23.00 (Beijing) * 00.00+1 (Tokyo) * 02.00+1 (Sydney)

  • Prof. John Thompson, PetraScience Consultants, Vancouver, Canada and Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resources, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Prof. Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy, University of Exeter, UK.

The neglected minerals and materials of development

Materials produced and consumed locally (in both developing and developed countries), including the role in construction, infrastructure, agriculture, water treatment, etc as well as environmental, social, and economic dimensions

9 February 2021
Start time: 01.00 (Vancouver) * 04.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 09.00 (London) * 10.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 11.00 (Johannesburg) * 12.00 (Nairobi) * 14.30 (Mumbai) * 15.00 (Dhaka) * 17.00 (Beijing) * 18.00 (Tokyo) * 20.00 (Sydney)

  • Prof. Daniel Franks Program Leader, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.

Mineral extraction and communities

Regulation of the mining sector; mining and local communities in the context of Latin America and Africa

16 February 2021
Start time: 06.00 (Vancouver) * 09.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 14.00 (London) * 15.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 16.00 (Johannesburg) * 17.00 (Nairobi) * 19.30 (Mumbai) * 20.00 (Dhaka) * 22.00 (Beijing) * 23.00 (Tokyo) * 01.00+1 (Sydney)

  • Dr Rajiv Maher, Research Professor, EGADE Business School del Technológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Dr Melba Kapesa Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd., Kenya.

Suppliers, consumers, and the global minerals supply chain

Technical, environmental, business, and social aspects of different scales of mining operations; links between consumers and source

2 March 2021
Start time: 02.00 (Vancouver) * 05.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 10.00 (London) * 11.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 12.00 (Johannesburg) * 13.00 (Nairobi) * 15.30 (Mumbai) * 16.00 (Dhaka) * 18.00 (Beijing) * 19.00 (Tokyo) * 21.00 (Sydney)

  • Dr Kathryn Moore, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals, University of Exeter, UK.
  • Dr Judy Muthuri, Associate Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School, UK, and Project Lead, Sustainable Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Project (Kenya).

Earth materials and a sustainable future

 9 March 2021
Start time: 04.00 (Vancouver) * 07.00 (Toronto, Lima) * 12.00 (London) * 13.00 (Paris, Lagos) * 14.00 (Johannesburg) * 15.00 (Nairobi) * 17.30 (Mumbai) * 18.00 (Dhaka) * 20.00 (Beijing) * 21.00 (Tokyo) * 23.00 (Sydney)

  • Prof. Murray Hitzman, Director, iCRAG, Dublin, Ireland. Prof. Hitzman directs the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.
  • Ms Halleluya Naantu Ekandjo, PhD candidate at iCRAG, University College Dublin., where she is studying the Rosh Pinah zinc-lead deposit in Namibia.