Board of Advisors

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Aickin, Leslie — Membership, Education, Signs, Program Support
Aldrich, James — Science Advisor
Belanger, Paul — Science Advisor
Burden, Lys — Publicity
Jaye, Shelley — Education, Field Trips
Machette, Michael — Science Advisor, Field Trips, Program
Norlin, Keith — Science Advisor
Roubal, Leslie — Website Manager
Reed, Kitty — Science Advisor, Grand Dame
Serdar Tepper, Carol — Science Advisor, Education, 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.

Jim Aldrich: Structural geologist, former teacher and research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.  Previously on the Board of the North Olympic Land Trust, Jim has moved to a warmer, drier climate but stays in touch via Zoom.

Paul Belanger: Research background in micropaleontogy as applied to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. Had a career in the Oil and Gas industry and as a High School teacher. Joined our Board in 2021.  Also sits on the Board of the Sound Water Stewards.

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.

Michael Machette: BSc & MSc in Geology. Senior Research Geologist at U.S. Geological Survey (1972-2008) and owner of Paleo Seis Surveys LLC (2008-2020), a geologic-hazards consulting company in Port Townsend. Interests in Quaternary Geology, active faulting, hazards, geomorphology, computer graphics. Worked internationally, published more than 160 scientific articles and geologic maps. Been leading this group for about 10 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. Recently initiated and ran a series of Beach Walks for QGS and GSOC.

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.

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, 20+ 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.