Alumni News


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Brian Horton, PhD '98now a professor at University of Texas Austin, is the inaugural winner of SEPM's Dickinson Award. The Dickinson Award is a new award for a mid-career research geoscientist who is significantly influencing the sedimentary geology community with innovative work. The award is named in honor of fellow UA Geoscientist William R. Dickinson, who was a true pioneer in using sedimentological data to solve problems related to tectonics and basin analysis.

Clay Campbell, BS '13 received the University of Kansas’ Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship. Self Graduate Fellowships are four-year awards to incoming or first-year doctoral students who demonstrate leadership, initiative and a passion for achievement. The fellowship covers full tuition and fees, provides graduate research assistant support of $30,500 a year for new fellows and includes a unique development program. The Fellow Development Program provides general education and training in communication, management, innovation and leadership to assist Self Graduate Fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in doctoral programs. The total value of the four-year doctoral fellowship exceeds $175,000.

Steve Catlin, MS '81
Steve Catlin poses with a wall display of lunar maps and news clippingsSteve visited in Geosciences this month and sent us this photo after his visit. Steve writes, "The wall display of Spence Titley's moon-mapping days was a treat. I had heard him speak of it, but it was enlightening to see the maps and the newspaper article with photos. Impressive to see Spence with famous astronauts Shepard, Schirra, and White discussing Apollo landing sites.
Mr. White is a hero at my other alma mater, U. of Michigan, which he attended. Attached is the photo Kiriaki Xiluri-Lauria took of me."

Leslie D. McFadden, MS '78, PhD '82
Read the most recent Geos. newsletter with great interest. Was expecially sad to hear of Chuck Kluth's passing. I well remember Chuck, a big guy, blocking for me as the Dept. QB in our famous intermural football team (included George Davis, a new prof at that time and some other well known alumni!) And of course, all UAZ alumni were so sad to hear of the great Bill Dickinson's passing.  Bill was essentially my undergrad. advisor at Stanford before he came to UAz, at about the time I finished my Ph.D.  However, was glad to see the Dept. is obviously doing very well in so many respects.  So, as usual, I am happy to provide an annual donation to the Dept. to help support, if only in a small way, the Department's productivity. I also write to note that I retired as of July 1, 2016, and am now a Professor Emeritus.  It is hard to believe I have come to pretty much the last stage of a 35 yr-long career at UNM, a career that also included a long 8 year period as Department Chair. Although I am now officially a retiree, I will continue to teach a bit in the department (in particular my "soils" course, a field in which my replacement, if that ever happens, is unlikely to have much expertise), and, following the path of my former advisor, Bill Bull, I plan to continue a few research projects for some time. In looking back over my career, I am reminded that much of the success I have had in academia owes a lot to Bill's influence, as well as what I learned about soil-forming processes from the now deceased Dave Hendricks, my  Ph.D. minor advisor, who was part of the "agronomy" department (I cannot recall it's formal name, but I do know it has changed since my time at UAz).

G. Robert Brakenridge, MS '79, Ph.D '82Bob Brakenridge in Rome
I am close to retirement (in age) but busier than ever (in work). I founded while at Dartmouth College and direct a research/humanitarian NGO: The Dartmouth Flood Observatory, which uses various types of satellite remote sensing to track the Earth's changing surface waters, and, especially, damaging flood events, world-wide. This moved to INSTAAR at the University of Colorado in 2010. We receive support from NASA, the World Bank, other development banks, USAID, etc. The work of seeking such funding, and doing each project's work, keeps me and my associates here in Colorado more than busy. Come visit us at:

Arizona was a great place to be as a graduate student. Truly a smorgasbord of research to become involved in, courses to take, and outdoor activities to enjoy. Hope it is still the same!

Part of my time while in Arizona was spent on geoarcheological work, under Vance Hayne's attempted supervision. Kept doing this work for many years, may return to such eventually. Enclosed photo shows a recent find (to the left) that I happened to come across while at a meeting in Rome. It was pretty easy to notice, and I am sure it is of some archeological significance. Just a little larger than the traces of the human past Vance helped me learn to recognize!

Best Regards, and greetings to all who remember me.

Claudio Bartolini, MS '88
Photo of Claudo BartoliniClaudio was part of the tectonics and sedimentary basins group, and his master thesis advisor was Peter Coney. After graduation, he worked several years as a metals exploration geologist in the southwest U.S., Mexico, and Central America. He decided to go back to school, and in 1997 he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso. Ever since, he has worked for the petroleum industry as an exploration geologist focusing on the Americas. Claudio is presently a Senior Exploration Advisor for Repsol, USA, in Houston, Texas, and he is involved with petroleum exploration activities in Latin America.Cover of AAPG Memoir 108

Claudio has served as principal editor for five international geological volumes, including Geological Society of America Special Paper 340, (1999); and four AAPG books: Memoir 74, (2001); Memoir 79, (2003); Memoir 90, (2011), and the new Memoir 108 (2015): Petroleum Geology and Potential of the Colombian Caribbean Margin. For his work on Memoir 90 (Petroleum Systems in the Southern Gulf of Mexico,) he was awarded AAPG’s Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award for the best geological special publication published by the association.

Claudio is a Senior Associate Editor for AAPG’s bulletin, and he was candidate for AAPG’s Editor 2016-2019.

Ray Brady, BS '70
After more than 40 years at BLM and the U.S. Geological Survey, Ray Brady retired on October 30, 2015. Among his accomplishments are a renewables pre-screening and fast-track permitting system that resulted in the agency approving 57 commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal power projects covering more than 305,000 acres of federal lands across the West since 2009. The 57 projects have the capacity to produce more than 15,000 MW of electricity—enough to power 5.1 million homes and solidify renewable energy as a significant part of the nation's energy portfolio for years to come.

Keith Meldahl, PhD '90
Keith's new book, Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes, and Other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast (University of California Press), will be out in the fall of 2015. The book tells the scientific story of the Southern California coast: its mountains, bluffs, beaches, islands, waves, earthquakes, and related phenomena. It takes readers from San Diego to Santa Barbara, revealing the evidence for how the coast's features came to be and how they are continually evolving. With a compelling narrative and clear illustrations, Surf, Sand, and Stone suggests how the coast will change in the future and how we can best prepare.

Gene Suemnicht, M.S. '77
Gene was awarded the Geothermal Resources Council's 2015 Joseph W. Aidlin Award for lifetime contributions to geothermal exploration and development worldwide and exceptional commitment to GRC. His award will be presented at the GRC annual meeting in Reno in September.

John Schloderer, M.S. '74
I am still doing field work, currently in Armenia and in the disputed territory of Karabagh between Armenia and Azerbaijani. I’m about to return to Park City in September where I have a home and time to hang up the boots. More time for skiing, hiking, tennis, bike riding and maybe some volunteer work at the Park City Mining Museum.

Roger N. Weller, M.S. '72
In May 2015, Roger Weller was inducted into the Cochise College Hall of Fame. Roger taught geology and physics full-time at Cochise College for 36 years and has been part-time for the past 5 years.  Roger created a very large geological education website with over 16,000 web pages that has had visitors from more than 25,000 cities world-wide. Included are large photographic collections of minerals, crystals, rocks, fossils, gemstones, meteorites, and virtual geology field trips that are copyright free for educational purposes.  Also on his website is an illustrated physical geology vocabulary for teaching introductory physical geology. The website is easily located by simplying googling "Cochise College Geology Home Page." Recently, Roger has also created an organized collection of more than 4300 views of Mars, emphasizing landforms and named features.  To locate this website, google "Cochise College Mars Explored."