Nominees for 2016 Officers

New Mexico Geological Society, Inc.

President – Matthew Heizler

Matt received his Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA in 1993 and moved immediately to Socorro for employment at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology. Matt is senior geochronologist and co-director of the 40Ar/39Ar geochronology lab. Matt is also an adjunct professor in the Dept. or Earth and Environmental Sciences at NM Tech, current assistant director of Bureau laboratories and past Bureau Deputy Director. Matt has chaired 5 NMGS spring meetings and participated at many fall field conferences with coauthored publications and outcrop presentations. Matt and wife Lynn host the annual NMGS fish fry in honor of the spring meeting keynote speaker, session chairs and judges. Matt’s research is worldwide. In New Mexico he and his graduate students have mainly worked on the geo- and thermochronology of the Precambrian rocks with emphasis on basement-exhumation histories. He is currently working on multi-disciplinary studies of the chronostratigraphy of the San Juan Basin and Rocky Mountain river evolution. Matt is a lifetime member of New Mexico Geological Society.

Vice-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.

Treasurer – 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 serving as an officer for this important organization.

Secretary – 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 Amec Foster Wheeler where she works on a large variety of projects including environmental remediation, landfill closure, road alignment, and mine support. Previously, she worked for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology as GIS Coordinator for the STATEMAP Program. 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.

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 – 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 – 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.

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