STATEMAP - Geologic Mapping Advisory Board

Information and purpose

The Alaska Geologic Mapping Advisory Board 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

James Jones, Chair
U.S. Geological Survey, representing the federal government, mineral resources, and mapping interests. Jamey Jones is a geologist in the Anchorage office of the USGS Geologic Division, specializing in mineral resources and geologic mapping.
Steve Adamczak
Vice President, Shannon and Wilson, Inc. Mr. Adamczak has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, and represents the engineering geology and geotechnical community.
Margaret Darrow
Professor of Geological Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. Dr. Darrow has a background in engineering geology and frozen ground engineering, and represents the University, the Department and also the engineering geology discipline.
Curt Freeman
President, Avalon Development Corporation. Mr. Freeman runs a well-known and successful consulting mineral exploration firm in Fairbanks and represents minerals industry interests.
Heidi Hansen
Director, Lands & Resources, Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). Ms. Hansen has extensive experience in natural resource management and policy.
Tom Homza
Principal Regional Geologist, Shell Exploration and Production, Alaska. Dr. Homza has 20 years oil and gas exploration experience and represents petroleum industry interests.
Paul McCarthy
Chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Geoscience. Dr. McCarthy has research interests in paleolandscape evolution, alluvial architecture and nonmarine sequence stratigraphy. He represents the University of Alaska Fairbanks on the Board.
Rob Retherford
President, Alaska Earth Sciences. Mr. Retherford has decades of experience managing mineral exploration and geoscience projects in Alaska.
Gregory Wilson
Director Arctic Exploration and Services, ConocoPhillips Alaska. Dr. Wilson has more than 25 years of oil and gas exploration experience in Alaska and also represents the oil and gas industry.