Nominees for 2016 Officers

New Mexico Geological Society, Inc.

President – Susan Lucas Kamat

Susan received her BS in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (Geophysics track) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. She has completed graduate class work in hydrology and GIS at the University of New Mexico. Susan is the DOE Oversight Bureau Chief with the New Mexico Environment Department, where she manages the multi-media environmental monitoring and surveillance programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.  Previously, Susan was a geologist with the Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department Mining and Minerals Division, where she was responsible for collecting production, reclamation, revenue, and employment statistics for all mines in New Mexico, and served as the data manager for the legacy uranium mine inventory. Susan also serves on the Board of the New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference. She was the recipient of an NMGS fall field conference scholarship as a graduate student, and looks forward to serving the organization that introduced her to New Mexico field geology.

Vice-President Dan Koning

Dan is a Senior Field Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. In 1994, he received his B.S. at the University of California, Riverside, after which he worked at an environmental consulting firm in southern California for a couple of years. He then completed a M.S. degree at the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in 1999. At the Bureau, Dan does a lot of geologic mapping, which he uses to interpret tectonic and paleoclimatic controls on basin sedimentation, surface erosion, depositional facies distribution, and unconformities. Dan's NMGS-related activities have included leading the 2011 Fall Field Conference, being the lead editor of the 2011 Fall Field Conference Guidebook, and serving as Technical Chair for the 2010 Spring Meeting. Having been involved with NMGS since 2002, Dan looks forward to continued service as an officer for this important organization.

Treasurer Shannon Williams

Shannon received her B.S. in geology from New Mexico Tech in 2006 and her M.S. in hydrology from the University of Nevada Reno in 2010. She also holds CPG (Certified Professional Geologist) and GISP (GIS Professional) certifications. Currently, Shannon is a Hydrogeologist with Daniel B. Stephens & Associates where she works on a large variety of projects including environmental remediation, water rights, and mine support. Previously, she worked for Amec Foster Wheeler and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology. Shannon attended her first NMGS fall field conference as a scholarship recipient in 2003, and most recently served as co-convener of the 2016 FFC in Belen. She looks forward to serving this great society as an officer and helping introduce other students to New Mexico geology.

Secretary – Dan Cadol

Daniel Cadol – Dan received his PhD in earth science from Colorado State University in 2010, studying hydrologic and geomorphic interactions between vegetation and fluvial systems. He was a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and post-doc’ed at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science before moving to Socorro in 2012 to join the hydrology faculty at New Mexico Tech. Since arriving, Dan has worked to develop research collaborations with municipal, state, and federal agencies across New Mexico, as well as with the other academic institutions in our state. He has served as the NMT Earth and Environmental Science department awards committee chair, enjoying very positive interactions with the NMGS awards committee over the years. Dan’s research in New Mexico has taken three main directions: one looking at the hydrologic and geomorphic effects of wildfires (working with the City of Santa Fe, Valles Caldera NP, and NM EPSCoR) another working to better understand geomorphic processes in ephemeral channels (with the Bureau of Reclamation, NMBGMR, and USACE), and another using remote sensing products and methods to develop a soil moisture balance model covering New Mexico (with NMBGMR and NM WRRI). He is currently advising 3 MS and 2 PhD students, and this year received tenure at NMT.

New Mexico Geological Foundation, Inc.

Director – Frank C. Ramos

Frank Ramos is an isotope geochemist and Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University. He has a B.S. from Stanford University and M.S. and PhD. degrees from UCLA.  His PhD. research focused on young basalts erupted throughout the western US, including basalts in the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field and from the Rift Grande rift area of New Mexico.  He continues to work on New Mexico basalts and at Valles caldera.  Frank has been at New Mexico State for eight years and focuses on addressing scientific problems using a wide range of stable and radiogenic isotopes focusing on rhyolitic and basaltic volcanic systems, ore systems, and biological systems. He is in charge of the New Mexico State University Isotope Laboratory and is a lifetime member of the NMGS.

Director – John Shomaker

John Shomaker is President and a Principal Hydrogeologist of John Shomaker & Associates, Inc., in Albuquerque. He has over 40 years of professional experience in geological and hydrogeological studies in New Mexico and surrounding states. John holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham, England. He worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and as a geologist for the (then) New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources before starting the consulting firm in 1973. Shomaker & Associates specializes in ground-water data collection and sampling, ground-water flow modeling, drilling technology and field supervision of drilling projects, water-rights issues, and environmental studies.

Director– Bob Newcomer

Bob Newcomer is a hydrogeologist and geochemist with over 35 years of professional experience as an environmental and water resources consultant. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University, an M.S. in Geology from New Mexico State University and completed additional graduate work in hydrogeology at the University of Arizona and geochemistry at Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered geologist in Arizona, California, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming and a Certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists.  He is also a lifetime member of the NMGS and a previous member of the NMGS Executive Committee.

Director– Kate Zeigler

Dr. Kate Zeigler is owner and senior geologist at Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, a small woman-owned business located in Albuquerque. She earned her B.A. from Rice University in Geology and Anthropology and completed dual senior theses, both focused on paleoclimate. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Her master’s thesis focused on a large bonebed in Upper Triassic strata near Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and her doctoral research included developing one of the first complete magnetic polarity chronologies for the Triassic Chinle Formation in New Mexico. As owner of ZGC, she works with a wide variety of clients on an array of geoscience-oriented projects that include groundwater resource management plans and aquifer mapping, paleontological resource management, geologic mapping, and geoarchaeology. In addition, she serves on the executive boards of the New Mexico Water Dialogue, El Llano Estacado RC&D Council and the New Mexico Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Director – James B Cearley III

James Cearley has a BS in Geology from the University of Texas at El Paso (1978) and retired from Chevron in 2013 after 35 years of service. He held numerous technical and management positions at nine different locations. He retired as General Manager of Deepwater Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico where he managed an active and successful exploration drilling program. Prior assignments included Gulf of Mexico Shelf Exploration Manager in New Orleans, Deepwater Product & Services Manager for Chevron Exploration Technology Company in New Orleans, Research Geology Manager for Chevron Exploration Technology Company in La Habra, CA, and Development Geology, Earth Science Team leader for Midcontinent Business Unit in Houston.  He also served as the Sponsorship Chairman for the GCAGS Annual Convention in 2005 and the Sponsorship Chairman for the 2011 AAPG Annual Convention and received the AAPG Certificate of Merit for fundraising results.  Upon retirement, James joined the UTEP College of Science Advisory board and currently serves as the Chairman and leads the Alumni Outreach Team.  James is excited to join the NMGS Foundation Board and looks forward to working with foundation members to increase the funds available to the NMGS. 

Director – Dan Koning

Dan is a Senior Field Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. In 1994, he received his B.S. at the University of California, Riverside, after which he worked at an environmental consulting firm in southern California for a couple of years. He then completed a M.S. degree at the University of New Mexico, where he graduated in 1999. At the Bureau, Dan does a lot of geologic mapping, which he uses to interpret tectonic and paleoclimatic controls on basin sedimentation, surface erosion, depositional facies distribution, and unconformities. Dan's NMGS-related activities have included leading the 2011 Fall Field Conference, being the lead editor of the 2011 Fall Field Conference Guidebook, and serving as Technical Chair for the 2010 Spring Meeting. Having been involved with NMGS since 2002, Dan looks forward to continued service as an officer for this important organization.

The NMGS Vice-president represents the Society on the Foundation’s board.