Board of Advisors

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Aickin, Leslie — Membership, Education, Signs, Program Support
Burden, Lys — Publicity
Jaye, Shelley — Education
Loubere, Paul — Science Advisor, Program
Machette, Michael — Science Advisor, Field Trips, Program
Norlin, Keith — Science Advisor
Roubal, Leslie — Website Manager
Reed, Kitty — Science Advisor, Grand Dame
Tepper, Carol — Science Advisor, Education, Field Trips, Program
Tepper, Jeff — Science Advisor, Field Trips, Program
Wallendahl, Annika — Science Advisor

Leslie Aickin: Rock lover. No formal geological education. Provides administrative and support services for QGS’s lectures, field trips, and newsletter subscriptions. Produced geologic interpretive handouts for Forts Worden and Townsend, and outdoor interpretive signs for Forts Worden, Townsend and Flagler.

Lys Burden: Studied geology for 3.5 years at Ohio State University, 1965-67 and University of Montana, 1970-1972; chief planner of the NPS-adopted TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, 1973-77; Executive Assistant/Writer/Editor for Walkable Communities, Inc., 1996-2005; Jefferson Land Trust Interpretive Guide, 2015-present; NAI certified guide training, 2018.

Shelley Jaye: BS and MS in Geology. Research focus on igneous and metamorphic petrology. Recent transplant to Port Townsend from Northern Virginia. Physical Scientist at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency for 15 years. Geoscience educator in Virginia for the past 20 years, teaching introductory courses in geology, mineralogy and field geology of the Northern Rockies. Currently teaching remotely for Northern Virginia Community College and writing a free open-source textbook for Historical Geology.

Paul Loubere: PhD in Ocean Sciences/Marine Geology from the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He was a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University. He has over 30 years experience researching marine environments with a primary emphasis on processes regulating climate. He has participated in research expeditions to the N. Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, and Mediterranean Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Click here for more info about Paul as a frequent speaker …

Michael Machette: BSc & MSc in Geology. Senior Research Geologist at U.S. Geological Survey (1972-2008); presently owns Paleo Seis Surveys LLC, a geologic-hazards consulting company in Port Townsend. Interests in Quaternary Geology, active faulting, hazards, geomorphology, computer graphs. Worked internationally, published more than 160 scientific articles and geologic maps. Been leading this group for about 6 years now. Click here for more information about Michael as a frequent speaker …

Keith Norlin: BSc Geology, University of Wisconsin. Licensed Professional Geologist (PG). Retired exploration geologist with journal publications. Currently working on Seismic Investigation of an Ordovician carbonate reef in the onshore Canning Basin. Keith has worked in Australia and the Basin and Range, and moved to Port Townsend from Utah five years ago

Kitty Reed: MA in Geology, Harvard; retired technical editor and paleontologist with USGS and WGS; journal manager and author. She initiated this group in 2001 under the wing of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

Leslie Roubal: Participates in our geology group by maintaining our website. Way back in college, she was a geology major and hiked around the Colorado Rockies and the Sierras. She did not find a seashell on top of Pikes Peak, but looked for one!  She partners with her husband who creates custom globes, including a popular Geology of the Earth.

Dr. Jeffrey Tepper: PhD in Geology from the University of Washington; Professor of Geology at University of Puget Sound since 2001. He trained as an igneous petrologist and geochemist; his research focuses mainly on the Cenozoic magmatic and tectonic history of the Pacific Northwest and on the environmental geochemistry of lakes and lake sediment in the Puget Sound area. Click here for more info about Jeff as a frequent speaker …

Carol Serdar Tepper: Born and raised in southern Puget Sound; Master’s work included a description and analysis of a large landslide and related salmon impacts; Licensed Geologist, 19 years as a Washington State regulator (current); and formerly WA State Secondary Science Teacher, 10 years which included developing a middle school science curriculum based on Pacific Salmon life history and habitat.

Annika Wallendahl: BSc Geology/Montana State University; MSc Geology/Abo Akademy University, Finland; MBA/WGU Washington. Licensed Geologist and Professional Environmental Engineer in Washington State, currently working as a principal consultant providing environmental consulting and sustainability services. Freelance science journalist and author of Field Guide to Rocks & Geology of Port Townsend.