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Samantha E. Portnoy

Samantha E. Portnoy

Education and/or Training

M.S. 2019-present, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ: Geoscience
B.S. 2018, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT: Geology
B.A. 2018, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT: Studio Art (Graphic Design)

Projects and/or Research Interests

My position with the Energy Resources section of DGGS involves preparing mapping resources using ArcGIS for the summer field season and assisting with field data collection and processing. I will join the team on the North Slope this summer where I will assist with mapping and field logistics.

I am finishing up my Master of Science (Geoscience) at the University of Arizona where I am a part of the structural geophysics lab. My thesis work focuses on numerical modeling of crustal extension using the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to characterize mechanical conditions for normal fault emergence in passive margin environments. In addition to my thesis work, I contributed to a large research collaboration focused on analyzing the temporal evolution and spatial variability of the Catalina-Rincon (Southern Arizona) metamorphic core complex fault zone.

Professional Experience

2020-present, Contractor, USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP), Reston, VA
2018-2019, Intern/Temporary Employee (Geologist), Vermont Geological Survey, Montpelier, VT

Selected Professional Activities

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America (GSA), Sigma Gamma Epsilon Honors Society (2015-2018)

Itasca Educational Partnership (2020-2021), ChevronTexaco Geology Fellowship (2020), AAPG Grants-in-Aid recipient (2020), Sulzer Scholarship (2020), John & Nancy Sumner Scholarship (2019), NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2019), Charles G. Doll Award (2018), Sigma Gamma Epsilon W.A. Tarr Award (2018), Hawley-Mudge Grant for Undergraduate Research (2017-2018), University of Vermont Trustees Scholarship (2014-2018)

Selected Publications

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