Perspectives on an Emerging Workforce Crisis in Geology: Assessing a Looming Irony

At the 2008 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, John Holbrook and Kevin Bohacs convened a session on the projected workforce shortage (relative to the number of jobs available) in geology. Some of the presenters at this session agreed to share their presentations here.

Anatomy of a Department Closure: When Workforce Needs and Administrative Priorities Meet the Worst Case Scenario

John Holbrook and Gary Lowell, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas at Arlington

Supply and Demand Vectors of the Next Generation of Geoscientists

Christopher M. Keane, American Geosciences Institute

The 21st Century Geoscience Workforce: Global Opportunities and Challenges in the Energy Industry

Lori L. Summa and Michael G. Loudin, ExxonMobil Exploration Company

Cultivating the Next Generation Geoscience Workforce: The View from NSF (PowerPoint 12.2MB Nov4 08)

Jill Karsten and Lina C. Patino, Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation

The Mining Perspective: Carpe Diem

Leigh W. Freeman, Downing Teal Inc.

The Academic Dimension of a Geoscience Workforce Crisis (PowerPoint 117kB Nov4 08)

P. Geoffrey Feiss, Office of the Provost, College of William and Mary

Consulting Engineering Geology Workforce Crisis: Making Do and Limiting Liability

Jeffrey R. Keaton and Rosalind Munro, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.

Thoughts on the Future of Higher Education In Public Research Institutions, with Particular Reference to the Rocky Mountain West

Judith Totman Parrish, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho

The Future GeoEnvironmental Workforce - Will There Be Enough Talent?

Richard M. Powers, PG, BCI Engineers & Scientists, Inc.

Geoscience Departments and the Workforce: Bringing Together Student Interests and Industry Needs

Cathryn A. Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
R. Heather Macdonald, College William & Mary
P. Geoffrey Feiss, Office of the Provost, College of William and Mary
Randall M. Richardson, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
Timothy J. Bralower, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
Carolyn H. Eyles, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
Carol J. Ormand, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

Career Paths for the 21st Century Geoscientist - Petroleum Industry Trends, Technologies and Challenges

Cindy Yeilding, BP

Perspectives on the Future Unconventional Geoscience Workforce

Charles G. Groat, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin