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California Section – UC Davis Student Section

At this time of year, we tend to become retrospective- how was the past year, how well did it stack up against other years, and what is in store for the future.  We also think that the future will be better than the past.  I always hope we will continue expanding our monthly meetings attendance and break past records (about 40 participants).

As a new year’s resolution, I hope you will consider joining our meetings and become more active in the AIPG California Section – UC Davis community.  We meet on a monthly basis to talk about what it means to be a professional geologist.  The speakers have been terrific.  They offer wisdom and insights into their varied and successful careers. The speakers provide the gift of honest and accurate advice, whether you are a student or seasoned professional.   The AIPG community we keep in Davis, California, is welcoming and inclusive, and we welcome you to one or all of our next meetings, described below.


James A. Jacobs, C.P.G.
California Section President

January – May 2016 Meeting and Field Trip Schedule

Meeting Details
All meetings are held at 6 pm at UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences • 2119 Earth and Physical Sciences • UC Davis • One Shields Avenue • Davis. CA 95616 • (530) 752-0350


SATURDAY, May 14, 2016
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve (RMOSP), Marin Co., CA
AIPG U.C. Davis Student Chapter Field Trip
How to Get There:
Directions: see map
Where to Meet:
At north end of Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve at Phyllis Ellman Trail head
When to Start:
Suggested starting time no later than: 9:30 AM.
What to Wear:
  • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes with tread
  • Comfortable layered outdoor clothing: area gets fog
  • Recommend long pants because of poison oak on narrow trails

What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, bottled water and wide brimmed or billed hat
  • Backpack (for your lunch and water)
  • Camera and notebook (if desired)
  • Hiking stick(s) useful (if desired)
  • Do bring a Brunton or other geologist’s surveying compass (I-Phone 6 has a compass and level app).  However, do not bring a rock hammer because this is a protected open space preserve and rock and mineral collecting is prohibited.

Trail Etiquette:

  • We’ll hike at the pace of the slowest person(s) – sometime me.
  • Stay with hike leader, if possible because there are numerous unmarked side trails and we don’t wish to lose anyone.  If you do get ahead, please wait at trail intersections or forks in the trail/road; unlike Yogi Berra’s recommendation: “If there’s a fork in the road – take it.” There should also be a responsible rear leader or sweep to make certain that no one is left behind.
  • If someone has to turn back before the half way point, they should notify the hike leader and be accompanied by another hiker.
  • Portions of the trail are shared with fast hikers/joggers. Please let them pass. Rear hikers should inform others ahead. I recommend not spreading out and staying on the right side of the trail at all times, if possible.

What to Expect:

  • The field trip traverses unimproved trail loops and old ranch roads for approximately 4-5 miles, with a ~800 ft. elevation gain covering interesting outcrops of country rock, structure, and rock alteration from mineralizing fluids (?),weathering, and archeological features. Unique endemic plants (flowers and grasses). Spectacular views (if no fog) of Tiburon peninsula, San Francisco, and Golden Gate.
  • If one is in relatively good shape and used to hiking most of the day, the hike is somewhat easy to moderate.  Trails and old dirt roads are somewhat unimproved and rocky in places.
  • Hike generally takes ~4 hours depending on water/rest stops, lunch, and “arm waving.”
  • Temperatures in RMOSP in early- to mid-May are highly variable from mid 60s to 70s but warm weather can occur but if the fog is in can be quite chilly (~50 – 60 oF.  I would recommend not doing the hike if the forecasted temperature high – in the mid or upper 90s.  Light rain day before ok; heavy rain day before or early morning of hike, recommend canceling hike (trails can become quite slippery).
  • Restrooms (at San Clemente Park) only at start and end of hike. No water on trail.
  • Caution: poison oak common

Other Notes/Comments:

  • I would not recommend this hike for anyone who is or has been sedentary or is not used to long hikes.  However, most of the elevation gain (~800 feet) is at the hike's beginning.  Everyone should carry water; I normally carry two bottles, but if it is hot (~ 80s), I'll probably carry a third bottle. Extra water left behind in the bus/van might also be a good idea.  I would schedule a minimum of about 4 hours total with a 20 to 30 minute lunch break.
  • If you're going to have a relatively large group (>20), I strongly recommend contacting and/or coordinating this trip with RMOSP personnel. For groups greater than 20 a permit is required by the RMOSP.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE- Meeting sponsors will get their company name in the meeting announcements which go out to about 300 geologists.  They will have 5-10 minutes to go talk to the meeting participants about their company and interests, sponsors will have a table at the meeting to place brochures or other information, and their donation will be noted in the California Section news in the The Professional Geologist which goes out to over 7,000 geologists.  The cost to sponsor the meeting is $200, by credit card or check.  If interested - contact:  James Jacobs, California Section President; 510-590-1098; jjacobs@clearwatergroup.com; Clearwater Group, 229 Tewksbury Ave., Pt. Richmond, CA 94801.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:  Judging at the California State Science Fair: May 23-24, 2016

The California State Science Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California's future scientists since 1952. It is hosted by the California Science Center (formerly, the California Museum of Science and Industry).
The 65th annual California State Science Fair will be held in the California Science Center on May 23-24, 2016. This year we expect nearly 1000 participants from 400 schools throughout the State to meet in competition.  The AIPG California Section gives out $500 of awards every year, and Dave Sadoff has led this judging event for more than a decade.  He has been helped by a variety of members, including Mark Rogers and Mehmet Pehlivan.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Dave at davesadoff@sbcglobal.net.

The California State Science Fair is a major event for AIPG California Section.  The exhibits are generally well thought out, and the winners are likely to become scientists.  AIPG judges the earth science category and the innovation and level of motivation of the students is always reassuring and frequently exceptional.

DONATIONS REQUESTED – Encouraging students and professional members is a high priority for the AIPG California Section.  We try to keep our meetings free to those wanting to participate.  Even our field trips have been free.  Want to contribute to the AIPG California Section to help offset the costs of activities?  We accept checks and credit cards.  If interested - contact:  James Jacobs, California Section President; 510-590-1098; jjacobs@clearwatergroup.com; Clearwater Group, 229 Tewksbury Ave., Pt. Richmond, CA 94801


The Career as a Professional Geologist – Consulting and Service with Passion

Abstract - Rob Cambell
UC Davis

In the quest for a career as a consulting geologist, obtaining a Professional Geologist (PG) license is critical to perform professional geological work. The crux of performing work as a licensed PG is having strong ethics and integrity in order to develop and foster a good reputation. Many times in the course of your careers, these issues will pivot around completing a project on time and on budget. This will likely generate conflicts between the client’s interests and the interests of the general public, and/or governing agency. PG professional opinions are used to obtain clarity in difficult projects, such as geological hazard assessments, hydrogeological assessments, and environmental assessments focused on planning and development.

From the moment I graduated from UCD in 1989 to finding my first geology job, to career fumbles to highlights will be discussed. From this discussion, past consulting examples of poor ethics and poor integrity will be discussed and evaluated to garner alternative solutions for the problems initially rendered. Definition of standard of care practices for PGs will also be discussed. Consulting geologists current and future work opportunities, and lines of specialties for geoscience careers will be explored.

For more information see The Career as a Professional Geologist – Consulting and Service with Passion

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Geologist Licensing

California (Practice/Specialties) - (916) 263-2113
CA Board for Geologists and Geophysicists
E-mail: geology@dca.ca.gov

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Related Links

California Council of Geoscience Organizations (CCGO)

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California Section Officers

James A. Jacobs, CPG; Work: (415) 381-5195, Cell: 510-590-1098. Fax: (415) 381-5816; jjacobs@clearwatergroup.com

Vice President - Northern California
Dave A. Sadoff, CPG, Work: (415) 836-7261, Fax: (415) 836-3167; davesadoff@sbcglobal.net

Vice President - Southern California
Mark Rogers, CPG; Phone: (949) 387-4466; markwrogers@hotmail.com 

Karel L. Detterman, Work: (510) 638-8400 x127, Fax: (510) 638-8404; kmdetterman@sbcglobal.net

Mehmet Pehlivan, CPG; Direct: 714-782-7497; Cell: 714-719-6854; mp@baysgrp.com

Stephen Testa, CPG; Work: 209-754-1422; stesta@goldrush.com

Steve Baker, Work: 530-478-1260; stevebaker@operationunite.co

AIPG UC Davis Student Section:
Rob Zierenberg, Professor Advisor, UC Davis; razierenberg@ucdavis.edu
Nick Pinter, Professor Advisor UC Davis; npinter@ucdavis.edu

UC Davis Student Officers
Christopher Holt, Student President; cdholt@ucdavis.edu
Michaela Gnos, Vice President
Vicky Manthos, Treasurer
Mark Markowicz, Events Coordinator
Taylor Davis, Fundraising Officer 

Student Mentors
Steve Baker, Student Mentor
Rob Campbell, Student Mentor
Rob Sydnor, Student Mentor
James A. Jacobs, Sponsor

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