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Mandy L. Willingham

Mandy L. Willingham

Geologic mapping, geochronology, tectonics, structure, rural energy resources

Education and/or Training

M.S. 2012, University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), CA: Geological Sciences
B.S. with Honors, 2008, University of Florida, FL: Geological Sciences

Projects and/or Research Interests

My research interests lie primarily in understanding the timing and geometry of crustal deformation in various tectonic environments using geochronologic techniques in conjunction with field mapping. Currently I apply my experience to investigating the development of hydrocarbons and Alaskan tectonics, primarily in the Cook Inlet and North Slope/Brooks Range foothills regions. Additionally, I am interested in furthering discovery and assessment of local energy sources in rural Alaskan communities, including non-fossil fuel sources like geothermal, to help provide all Alaskans with more secure and affordable energy.

I also provide cartography, logistics, and data management support for the Section, and am working to integrate and implement up-and-coming technologies into our operations. Occasionally I also participate in mineral resource-focused field mapping with the DGGS Minerals Section.

My previous work in Alaska prior to my employment at DGGS focused on exploring mineral deposits in the interior, and natural resource land management including working to address contaminated sites on state land. I have collaborated on geologic research projects in southcentral Idaho, Italy, and the Tibetan Himalaya.

Professional Experience

2016-present, Geologist, State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2014-2016, Natural Resource Specialist, State of Alaska, Division of Mining, Land & Water, Fairbanks, AK
2012-2014, Mineral Exploration Geologist, various entities in Alaska

Selected Professional Activities

2012, G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Scientific Presentation (UCSB)
2010, Regents Special Fellowship (UCSB)
2008, Summa Cum Laude Honors (UF)
2006, Induction into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Selected Publications

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