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January 8th, 2019
Dr. Tom Casadevall – U.S Geological Survey
Topic – Preserving and Promoting America’s Geoheritage

Sites of geological significance in the United States are protected at a variety of federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service–as well as tribal, state and local entities.

In 2016, U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Committee on Geological Sciences established the U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group to facilitate communication about geoheritage issues at local, national and international levels. The advisory group’s principal aims are to expand the recognition and understanding of geoheritage domestically, and to provide information and advice to local communities as they pursue development of geoheritage areas and geopark-like entities through currently available designations. Through these efforts, as well as national and international presentations, the advisory group works to raise awareness about geoheritage and promote policies to ensure that the United States’ remarkable legacy is protected for future generations.

Speaker Bio

Thomas Casadevall is a Scientist Emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver since 2008. His scientific interests focus on mineral resources related to volcanic environments; on active volcanism and the related hazards to people and aviation operations; and on geologic heritage with an emphasis on Protected Volcanic Landscapes. He currently leads the U.S. Geoheritage and Geoparks Advisory Group and has undertaken the revision of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) thematic study on World Heritage Volcanoes.

From 1996 through 2008, Tom served in the Office of the Director, USGS, with terms are Regional DIrector for the Western Region (1996-1997), Acting Director of the USGS (1998), Deputy Director (1999-2000) and Regional Director for the Central Region (2000-2008). From 1978 to 1996, he worked as a geologist with the USGS Volcano Hazards Program, stationed at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the Cascades Volcano Observatory, the Alaskan Volcano Observatory, and Denver. From 1989 to 1996, he led the USGS project Volcanic Hazards and Aviation Safety. From 1985 to 1998, he was Advisory Volcanologist to the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia, residing in Java, Indonesia. From 1997 to 1998, he taught geology of volcanic environments at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador. From 1969 to 1972, he worked as a mineral exploration geologist with Bear Creek Mining Company, and from 1972 to 1974 he worked as production geologist for the Sunnyside Gold Mine at Silverton, Colorado.

Tom holds an M.A. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Geology from Beloit College.

We are pleased to be hosting a Guest Tap for our January brewery–more information to follow!

How This Works

Food and beer will be available at 6:00 p.m., with our speaker starting around 6:40 p.m. Following the presentation, we’ll take a brief intermission for Q + A. We’ll wrap up around 7:45 p.m., so that the cafe can close by 8:00 p.m.  There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary.