- 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
Mr. Freeman is President of Avalon Development Corporation, a consulting mineral exploration firm based in Fairbanks, Alaska and represents the minerals industry.
Steve Adamczak
Mr. Adamczak is 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
Chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. Dr. Darrow has a background in engineering geology with, and represents the University, the Department and also the engineering geology discipline.
Tom Homza
Mr. Homza is the Principle Regional Geologist for Alaska at Shell with more than 18 years experience in oil and gas exploration and development in Alaska and represents the petroleum industry in mapping advice and structural interpretation.
James Jones
Dr. Jones specializes in tectonic evolution and mineral resources with the USGS Anchorage office, and represents the Federal government, earthquake hazards, and mapping interests.
Anupma Prakash
Co-Chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Geology and Geophysics. Dr. Prakash has a background in remote sensing in the Arctic, this along with her University affiliation will complement the talents and experience of the other board members.
Gregory Wilson
Director Arctic Exploration and Services, ConocoPhillips Alaska. Dr. Wilson has over 25 years of oil and gas exploration experience in Alaska and also represents the oil and gas industry.