Dr. Kate Zeigler is owner of Zeigler Geologic Consulting, LLC, a small woman-owned company located in Albuquerque. She works with a wide variety of clients on a broad array of projects, including paleontologic resource management, groundwater hydrogeology, geological mapping, geoarchaeology, conservation easement assessments and well log analyses. She also continues to pursue ot her research interests, including field-oriented studies in magnetostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, vertebrate paleontology and biostratigraphy.
Dr. Zeigler was granted her B.A. from Rice University in Geology and Anthropology and completed dual senior theses, both focused on paleoclimate. She obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Her master’s thesis focused on a large bonebed in Upper Triassic strata near Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and her doctoral research included developing one of the first complete magnetic polarity chronologies for the Triassic Chinle Formation in New Mexico. Dr. Zeigler served on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Geological Society (2006 – 2011) and she is the current Chair of the Scholarship Program. She is the Past-Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America. In September of 2015, she earned her professional geologist certification (CPG) from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. In addition, she coaches a local high school Science Olympiad team and is engaged in several programs for mentoring girls in STEM disciplines.
She is featured in Huffington Post Article
Ron Wahl is a computer scientist emeritus for the U.S. Geological Survey. He received a Geophysical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree in geophysics from Stanford University. He has taught geology, computer science, physics, and astronomy for Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and astronomy for the Jefferson County, CO Schools Adult Education Program. Ron has taught various classes at a number of summits across the country since 1973.
Jo Schaper has been an outdoors person since she first went camping with the Girl Scouts. A lifelong Missourian, she combines interests in writing and geology as the assistant editor for the River Hills Traveler, a Missouri outdoors newspaper and as a freelance writer. She has been a Volunteer in Parks nature interpreter for the Missouri State Park system since 1989, an active caver since 1986, and most enjoys sharing her passion for rocks and water with others.
Dave Egan got his undergraduate degree in the Valley and Ridge Province of central Pennsylvania at Bucknell University and then his graduate degree in the glacial plains of the Miami River Valley at Wright State University in Ohio. Dave has been involved with geologic studies nationwide as a geologist supporting cleanup of soils, groundwater, streams and estuaries at Superfund sites and other industrial or former industrial facilities. He has also helped to interpret geology for hikers and other enjoyers of the outdoors for the past 20+ years. In his spare time, you may find him biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming or playing ultimate Frisbee.