STATEMAP - Geologic Mapping Advisory Board

Information and purpose

The Alaska Geologic Mapping Advisory Board (GMAB) guides DGGS in pursuing its goal of providing earth science information to the Alaska public. A number of prominent geologists and community leaders, with a variety of backgrounds and a broad spectrum of experience in Alaska, have agreed to serve on the advisory board. The purpose of the board is multifold:

  • To identify strategic geologic issues that should be addressed by the state.
  • To inquire into matters of community interest relating to Alaska geology.
  • To provide a forum for collection and expression of opinions and recommendations relating to geologic investigation and mapping programs for Alaska.
  • To make recommendations toward identifying Alaska’s diverse resources and promoting an orderly and prudent inventory of those resources.
  • To review and advise on priorities for geologic mapping recommended by the State Geologist and provide letters of support to accompany DGGS’s annual STATEMAP proposals to the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • To increase public awareness of the importance of geology to the state’s economy and to the public’s health and safety.
  • To promote communication among the general public, other government agencies, private corporations, and other groups that have an interest in the geology and subsurface resources of Alaska.
  • To facilitate cooperative agreements between DGGS and other agencies, professional organizations, and private enterprise to develop data repositories and enhance the state’s resource inventory and engineering geology programs.
  • To communicate with public officials as representatives of groups interested in the acquisition of Alaska geologic information.
  • To enlist public and legislative support for statewide geologic resource inventories and engineering geology programs.

The board held its first meeting in Fairbanks on October 22, 1995, and meets usually three times a year to discuss state needs, review DGGS programs, and provide recommendations to the State Geologist. The members solicit and welcome comments and suggestions from the public concerning state needs and DGGS programs throughout the year. Board members nominate candidates to fill vacancies and the State Geologist makes the appointments with approval of the Commissioner of DNR.

Current board members

Curt Freeman, Chair - Avalon Development Corporation, representing the minerals industry
Curt Freeman is President of Avalon Development Corporation, a consulting mineral exploration firm based in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Steve Adamczak - Shannon and Wilson Inc., representing the engineering geology and geotechnical community
Steve Adamczak is Vice President, with more than 30 years of geotechnical engineering experience in Alaska.
Tom Homza - Shell Exploration and Production, Alaska, representing petroleum industry interests with emphasis on the North Slope
Tom Homza is the Principle Regional Geologist for Alaska at Shell with more than 16 years experience in oil and gas exploration and development in Alaska and represents the oil industry in mapping advice and structural interpretation.
James Jones - U.S. Geological Survey, representing the federal government, earthquake hazards, and mapping interests
Dr. James Jones is a geologist in the Anchorage office of the USGS Geologic Division, specializing in geology, tectonic evolution, and mineral resources.
Paul Layer - University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Geology and Geophysics, representing the academic community
Dr. Paul Layer is Dean of the College, a Professor of Geophysics, and former Chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics.
Lance Miller - Nana Regional Corporation, representing Alaska Native corporation interests
Lance Miller is Vice President for Resources and a geologist with mineral exploration background.