Nominees for 2020

New Mexico Geological Society — Officer Nominees

PresidentShannon 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.

Vice-President– Dan 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.

Treasurer – Scott Baldridge

Scott Baldridge, currently Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and MS and PhD degrees from Caltech. Throughout his career he has conducted most of his research and teaching in and around New Mexico and has been especially interested in the magmatic rocks of the Rio Grande rift and adjoining regions.  As part of his work he has co-led several multi-institutional geophysical experiments focused within and across the State.

Scott has been a member of the New Mexico Geological Society for about three decades. Throughout this time he has been engaged with the Society in several different ways.  He has participated in several Fall Field Conferences and was the lead technical editor for the 1984 FFC Guidebook 84, “Rio Grande rift.” In addition he has authored or co-authored several papers for the Guidebooks and for the ambitious volume “The Geology of New Mexico—A Geologic History,” NMGS Special Publication 11.  He also served a short stint helping to evaluate student proposals for scholarships.

Secretary– Brian Hampton

Brian Hampton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and earned degrees in geological sciences from Purdue University (PhD-2006), Louisiana State University (MS-2002), and Pacific University (BS-1997). His research interests center on the interplay between erosion and sedimentation in depositional systems with particular emphasis on field-based studies that examine the tectonic evolution, stratigraphic history, and provenance of sedimentary basins in divergent- and convergent-margin tectonic settings. Hampton is the faculty director of the Basin Research Lab at NMSU which applies the skill sets of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure, petrology, geochronology, geochemistry, and geologic mapping to better understand the exhumation history of mountain belts as preserved in sedimentary basins. Brian joined the NMGS in 2014, right after arriving to New Mexico, and he is a regular attendee of the Fall Field Conferences and Spring Meetings.

New Mexico Geological Foundation — Nominees for Board of Directors

Director – Frank C. Ramos

Frank Ramos is an isotope geochemist and 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 of New Mexico. He continues to work on New Mexico basalts and at Valles caldera. Frank has been at New Mexico State for eleven years and focuses on addressing scientific problems using a wide range of stable and radiogenic isotopes of rhyolitic and basaltic volcanic systems, ore systems, and biological systems. He is in charge of the Johnson Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at New Mexico State University 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 currently a Principal Consultant and owner of Toltec Mesa Resources LLC.  He has 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 and Texas 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. Born in Montana and raised in Texas, she came to New Mexico in 1999 to continue her studies of geology. She earned her Bachelors from Rice University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Once finished with school, Kate went on to become a consulting geologist working on understanding groundwater resources for agricultural producers and rural communities, in addition to performing mitigation paleontology services and stratigraphic analyses for Permian Basin operators. She was named an NMGS Honorary Member in 2012 and previously served on the NMGS Executive Committee. 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. 

Director Dan 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 received tenure at NMT last year.

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