RFG 2018 Conference


A Journey through the Geology and Aquifers of New England and Why Groundwater Wells Need to be Re-developed - Specific Capacity

Thursday, August 30, 2018

New England Aquifers Series

This is the first course in the New England Aquifers webinar series. Click on the titles below to view the other courses in this series.


Raymond Talkington, Ph.D., P.G., C.P.G.
Principal Hydrogeologist and President, GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.
Dr. Raymond Talkington is the Principal Hydrogeologist and President of GEOSPHERE Environmental Management, Inc.   He has over 30 years of experience providing direction to GEOSPHERE’s hydrogeological and geological projects.  Typical projects involve groundwater supply exploration and development in sand and gravel and fractured bedrock systems.  This includes the interpretation of glacial features on U.S. Topographic Maps along with the air photo interpretation and performing fracture trace analysis (FTA) to locate potential drilling targets for high yielding bedrock groundwater sources. For over 20 years Ray has been a regular instructor for courses on well redevelopment and maintenance, bedrock wells, and helping people understand the ABCs of groundwater, wells, and aquifers. Dr. Talkington was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and a past Editor of the professional journal “The Professional Geologist.”  He has 50 professional publications including books and chapters in geology laboratory manuals.

J. Theodore Morine, P.G., C.P.G.
Senior Hydrogeologist and Vice President, Denis L. Maher Company
Ted Morine is the Vice President and hydrogeologist for the Denis L. Maher Company.  Ted has been providing groundwater exploration and development for sand and gravel wells and bedrock wells since 1963.  During this time he has brought on line more than 200 high yielding groundwater sources for private and public clients throughout the world.  In addition to his groundwater exploration skills, Ted has been involved with hundreds of well redevelopments in both sand and gravel and bedrock systems. Ted is a frequent lecturer on Well Redevelopment and Maintenance for the New England Water Works Association, American Water Works Association, New Hampshire Water works, and numerous other organizations.  

Frank Getchell, P.G., C.P.G.
Managing Hydrogeologist and Senior Vice President, Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc.
Frank Getchell is a Principal and Managing Hydrogeologist with Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc. His over 30 years of professional consulting experience includes management, design and implementation of subsurface investigations related to groundwater resource development and planning; aquifer hydraulics; groundwater recharge and storage and ASR; construction, foundation and quarry dewatering; land use impacts related to building development and extractable resource activities; and delineation and remediation of contaminated soil and water. Typical projects involve the evaluation of aquifer and well yields and hydraulic performance; the design, siting, and rehabilitation of screened and open-borehole wells; assessment of groundwater movement and the implications for contaminant fate and transport, and remediation of soil and ground water in unconsolidated deposits and fractured bedrock aquifers for private, municipal, utility, and industrial clients throughout the country. His experience dealing with regulators and permitting includes: water supply diversion and allocation permits; wetland delineations and impact mitigation; stormwater and wastewater subsurface disposal systems and SPDES permitting. His experience also includes the development and utilization of 2-D and 3-D numerical and analytical models and GIS-based analysis to evaluate contaminant fate and transport, aquifer hydraulics, and groundwater flow and recharge.

Mr. Getchell’s experience includes the application and interpretation of surface and downhole geophysical investigations to delineate and estimate hydraulic properties of aquifers. Frank regularly provides technical support and expert witness testimony before local planning boards and courts of law regarding the impacts on land use, the subsurface environment, water-supply wells and water resources resulting from proposed and existing groundwater supply development, land use, contamination sources, resource extraction, and waste disposal practices.  

Mr. Getchell has published numerous papers and provided related presentations at local and national water-resource and environmental organization meetings, conferences, and workshops, in connection with water supply development, and land use impacts on soil, bedrock, and groundwater conditions and contamination. He also is a regular technical instructor for the NJWA, NYRWA, and AWWA/NEWWA in connection with water-supply operator certification continuing education programs.

An Introduction to Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Our speakers are:

  • Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Bob Simmons, Chief Hydrogeologist, HRP Associates, Inc  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video
  • Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)  | pdf download icon Slides | YouTube download icon Video

This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geological Society of America, HRP Associates, Inc., National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Association of State Boards of Geology, SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, The Geological Society of London

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About Our Speakers

Pranoti Asher, Scholar-in-Residence, American Geosciences Institute; Manager, Higher Education, American Geophsyical Union

Pranoti Asher is the Member Society Scholar-in-Residence at AGI, and also is the Higher Education Manager for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has developed an extensive portfolio during her time at AGU and is mainly focused on programs and issues related to higher education. Prior to joining AGU, Asher spent eighteen years as a geoscience faculty member. In her last faculty position she was a tenured member of the Geology and Geography department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro for nearly thirteen years. Among her many achievements at Georgia Southern, she served as the Acting Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology and a faculty fellow at the University's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She also played a leading role in faculty development programs both on the university campus and national levels, for which she was recognized with teaching and service awards. Asher's current activities are focused on the intersection of education, outreach, and workforce development for the geosciences and the development of earth and space science faculty and their students at two-year and four-year colleges to better prepare students to enter the workforce. Asher received her Ph.D. in the geological sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Bob Simmons, HRP Associates, Inc, Chief Hydrogeologist

Bob Simmons is the Chief Hydrogeologist at HRP Associates, Inc. He Mr. Simmons has over 30 years of experience in groundwater assessment and remediation and the investigation and remediation of contaminated properties. Mr. Simmons has specific expertise in design and testing of remedial systems, site remediation activities, groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling, aquifer pumping tests, supervision of Environmental Site Assessments for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination, groundwater monitoring, well construction, sampling, conductivity testing and surveying, and supervision of underground tank investigations. Simmons earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science/Geology from Western Connecticut State University and graduate-level Hydrogeology at Ohio University and Geographic Information Systems at the University of New Haven. For his contributions to karst conservation, Bob was named a Fellow of the National Speleological Society in 2010. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in eight (8) states and a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut.

Ron Wallace, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Ron Wallace, PG, CPG was a Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He worked previously for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in the Underground Storage Tank Management Program for over 18 years. He has managed thousands of site investigations from initial release to no further action. Previously he worked for Exxon in production, exploration, and marketing where he managed company owned petroleum releases. He also worked for a number of years for private environmental consulting firms. Wallace is currently president of the Georgia Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists and the past national president. Wallace holds a BS in Oceanographic Technology from Lamar University and a MS in Geology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team for Evaluating LNAPL Remedial Technologies for Achieving Project Goals.

Professional Writing for Geoscience Careers: Academic Writing and Preparation

House science subcommittee hearing explores mentoring, training, and apprenticeships for STEM

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On February 15, the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing to explore how participation in mentoring, training, and apprenticeship opportunities impact science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and workforce development. In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21) emphasized the increasing STEM workforce demand and importance to the nation’s economic prosperity.

Professionalism and Geoethics: Creating a Workplace Environment Where Everyone Can Succeed

Thursday, April 12, 2018


David W. Mogk is a Professor of Geology at Montana State University. He is a metamorphic petrologist by training, with research interests in the genesis and evolution of Precambrian continental crust, mid-crustal petrogenetic processes, and spectroscopic analysis of mineral surfaces. He has worked for 25 years to promote excellence in STEM education having served as program officer in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, and has contributed to the development of STEM education digital libraries, curriculum development and faculty professional development programs, NRC panels on Promising Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education and Discipline-Based Education Research, and recently has developed a curriculum and web resources on Teaching Geoethics Across the Geoscience Curriculum. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Mineralogical Society of America, is recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Public Service Medal and the American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award. He currently serves on the American Geophysical Union Ethics Task Force. He received his PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1984.

CEU Credits

All registrants who attend the entire duration of this webinar will receive 0.1 CEUs from the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

College Course Participation: A faculty member can register on behalf of a course and/or group of their students to participate in the webinar. With this registration, the faculty member can submit up to 20 participating students for awarding of 0.1 CEUs to each of them by AIPG.

The Development of Geoscience-related Ethics Codes

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Mr. Abbott’s first paper on professional geoscience ethics was published in 1989. Since then, he has presented many papers and talks on the subject. Beginning in November 1995, Mr. Abbott began compiling a column, “Professional Ethics & Practices,” for the AIPG’s magazine, The Professional Geologist, and the column has appeared in each issue since. Mr. Abbott served as the Chairman of AIPG’s Ethics Committee for 20 years and is currently AIPG Ethics Columnist & Ethics Chairman Emeritus. AIPG’s Ethics Committee is responsible for inquiring into allegations of ethical misconduct by AIPG members and, when appropriate, prosecuting cases charging violations of AIPG’s Code of Ethics. Mr. Abbott is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Ethics Committee.

Mr. Abbott holds an AB in Earth Science from Dartmouth College and an MS in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He spent 21 years as a geologist for the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Denver assisting natural resources entities to comply with the SEC’s disclosure requirements and investigating and assisting in the prosecution of mining and oil and gas frauds. Since 1996 he has been an independent consultant specializing in natural resource disclosure issues, resource and reserve classifications and their application to specific deposits, and professional geoscience ethics. He is a Certified Professional Geologist by AIPG, is a Chartered Geologist by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Geological Society of London, holds the European Geologist title, and is licensed as a Professional Geologist by Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

CEU Credits

All registrants who attend the entire duration of this webinar will receive 0.1 CEUs from the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

College Course Participation: A faculty member can register on behalf of a course and/or group of their students to participate in the webinar. With this registration, the faculty member can submit up to 20 participating students for awarding of 0.1 CEUs to each of them by AIPG.

The Current and Mid-21st Century Geoscience Workforce

Friday, May 11, 2018

This webinar will look at the latest data from various AGI surveys on workforce, which will shed light on the current state of geoscience programs, student experiences, and a view of long-term trends.  In addition, several emerging trends regarding what the future of geoscience work will look like will be discussed, especially the impact of technologies such as machine learning and what that means for the future of geoscience employment.

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The Current and Mid-21st Century Geoscience Workforce


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