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When: November 17, 2016
Where: La Quinta Inn & Suites
1425 East 27th St
Tacoma, Washington  98421
United States
Contact: Taryn Sparacio, L.G.

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The November AEG dinner meeting will be held in Tacoma at La Quinta Inn & Suites on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Kate Mickelson (WA DNR) and Stephen Slaughter (WA DNR) will be presenting “The New DNR Landslide Hazards Program: Overview of the Program and Our First County-Wide, Landslide Mapping Project.” More information about the meeting and presentation is in the attached announcement.  Register for the meeting here: Please register by 3 PM on Friday, November 11.

Cost: $40 for member registration by November 11; $45 for non-members; $15 for students. Nonmembers always welcome! Pay by cash, check, or credit card if you are paying at the door. Please make check payable to AEG.

Our gracious sponsor, GeoEngineers, has made it possible for the AEG Puget Sound Chapter to provide free attendance/meals to a limited number of AEG Student Members. Please go to for more information about GeoEngineers. Student membership in AEG is free. Please follow this link and click on the “Join AEG” tab if you are interested in becoming a member of AEG.We hope to see you at the meeting.

Presentation Abstract:
The Washington Geological Survey’s Landslide Hazard Program (LHP) was created in early 2016 as a result of legislative funding following the 2014 SR-530 “Oso” landslide. The LHP has commenced a lidar-based landslide mapping program for the state of Washington. The primary goal is to help Washington communities reduce losses from landslides by mapping landslides, producing hazard and vulnerability maps, and assisting at-risk communities. In March 2016, the LHP collaborated with Pierce County to improve and expand the existing landslide inventory in order to highlight assets at risk to landslide hazards. Following protocols developed by Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the LHP used 1-meter lidar to produce landslide inventory maps, and deep and shallow landslide susceptibility maps. At the onset of this project, the LHP collaborated with county stakeholders including planners, GIS specialists, emergency managers, and engineers to identify areas to map and assets to include in a vulnerability/exposure analysis. This analysis spatially identifies the intersection of public and private assets at risk either due to reactivation of an existing landslide or in areas identified as susceptible to future landslides.

By collaborating, the LHP delivered products that were applicable and informative to users, including the public. The LHP will further assist the county by conducting outreach at public meetings, distributing a homeowner’s guide to landslides, and by providing spatial and tabular data online at the Washington Geological Survey’s Geologic Information Portal. The data created from this project will allow Pierce County to evaluate the threat of landslides to people and property when considering future development and will provide the public with information on how to reduce their risk to landslide hazards. Through public outreach and the publication of maps and data, the LHP provides tools and assistance to inform public and private entities of landslide hazards across Washington State. The newly established LHP team of five geologists is currently developing new protocols for mapping landslides and landslide susceptibility from high-resolution lidar topographic data. Our pilot project for Pierce County is currently underway, mapping all landslide deposits for the county using high-quality lidar with the ultimate goal of assessing landslide hazard and risk to county residents.

Speaker Bios:
Kate Mickelson is a landslide hazards geologist at the Washington Geological Survey’s Landslide Hazards Program at the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She had a BS in geology from the University of Colorado and an MS in geology from Portland State University. She spent the last six years working on landslide inventory, susceptibility, and risk mapping at the Oregon Department of Geology (DOGAMI) before moving to DNR in February.

Stephen Slaughter is the Landslide Hazards Program coordinator at the Washington Geological Survey at the Department of Natural Resources and has worked on landslides for much of his 12 year career at the agency. Stephen has a BS and MS degrees in geology from Western Washington and Central Washington Universities, respectively. He is a member of AEG and GSA and is on the management board of the GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division.

Announcements below include:

·         AWG/NWGS joint meeting November 8

·         Professional Geologist 1 opening at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

·         Tenure track faculty position in Hydrogeology at Kent State University

·         Faculty position in Earth History/Sedimentary Geology at UCLA

·         EarthScope Awards for Geochronology Student Research (AGeS) Program.




AWG/NWGS Joint Meeting

The AWG/NWGS joint meeting is Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle. Speaker Alison Duvall will present “Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes and landslides: How will the hillslopes handle the big one?” Find out more and RSVP for the event at


Professional Geologist 1 at ODOT

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has an opening for a Professional Geologist 1 in Roseburg.  Please click here if you are interested and forward to others you think might be interested.


Kent State University—Hydrogeology

The Department of Geology at Kent State University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in Hydrogeology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level starting August 2017. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D., have a strong background in the geological sciences, and be able to interface well with other faculty working in a variety of earth and environmental specialties.


Potential areas of expertise include but are not limited to: physical hydrogeology, computational/numerical methods, groundwater modeling, hydrogeophysics, vadose zone hydrology, reactive transport modeling, hydrogeologic applications of remote sensing, and engineering hydrogeology. Responsibilities will include advising M.S. and Ph.D. candidates; developing a strong, externally funded research program, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of Kent State University are particularly encouraged to apply.


Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For more information see Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information of three references to or Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.


UCLA—Earth History/Sedimentary Geology

The Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at University of California Los Angeles seeks applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment in the general area of Earth history and Earth’s past environments, as informed by the stratigraphic record. Applications for all levels will be considered. We seek a candidate who integrates field observations with state-of-the-art analytical and/or numerical methods. Areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, early Earth history, stratigraphic analysis, sedimentology, geochronology, petrology, quantitative methods, numerical modeling of sedimentary processes, and paleoenvironmental analysis.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in the geosciences or a related field. Submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research and teaching interests, names and contact information of three referees, and a cover letter addressing how your experience fits the job description at: Questions regarding this position can be directed to The position will remain open until filled but, to ensure review, applications should be filed by December 1, 2016.


EarthScope AGeS Program

The EarthScope AGeS (Awards for Geochronology Student Research) program is a multi-year educational initiative aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary, innovative, and high-impact science by promoting training and new interactions between students, scientists, and geochronology labs at different institutions. The program offers support of up to $10,000 (typical awards are ~$8,300) for graduate students to collect and interpret geochronology data that contribute to EarthScope science targets through visits to participating geochronology labs. Awards can be used to fund analytical costs, sample preparation, travel to the host geochronology lab, lodging, and other expenses. These funds allow the students to visit the lab for a week or more, participate in the analysis and sample preparation, and learn fundamental aspects of the methods, techniques, and theory used in modern analytical facilities. Students can apply for funds to use whichever method is most appropriate for their proposed research project, including, but not limited to, U-Pb, 40Ar/39Ar, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, U-series, fission-track, (U-Th)/He, 14C, cosmogenic exposure, and luminescence dating.


Additional information about the program for students, advisors, and labs is available here: The deadline is February 8, 2017.

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