Meeting Location

The NCGS meets each last Wednesday of the month in Orinda at the Masonic Center, 9 Altarinda Rd.  There is a social period at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. a talk (no dinner).  Cost is $5 per regular member; $1 per student member, and $1 per K – 12 teachers.





NCGS 2014-2015 Calendar

(Please click on the available links to view the abstract and speaker biographies; for previous yearly calendar of events see bottom of page)





The Start of the NCGS Year!!


September 24, 2014

7:00 pm

Dr. Thomas Holzer, USGS

Catastrophic Earthquakes In a Crowded World

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


October 29, 2014

7:00 pm

Marcus Trotta, Sonoma County Water Agency

Groundwater Basin Studies and Management in Sonoma County


November 19, 2014 (Early due to Thanksgiving)

Christopher Lewis

Tales of the Oil and Gas Fields and Thereabouts

7:00 pm at Orinda Masonic Lodge


No Meeting in December


January 28, 2015

7:00 pm

Dr. Lisa White, Director of Education, UC Museum of Paleontology

Understanding Global Change:  Increasing public engagement in science through a new web resource at the University of California Museum of Paleontology


Extra - For Your Interest - Registration Link for:

UC Museum of Paleontology Short Course

Global change: Connecting Earth’s deep history to life today

March 7, 2015

10 Evans Hall, UC Berkeley

9:00 am to 3:30 pm


February 25, 2015

7:00 pm

Dr. Bradley Erskine, Kleinfelder, PG, CEG, CHG, Principal Geologist

Building a Dam out of Naturally Occurring Asbestos: Challenges and Solutions at the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, Sunol, CA


March 25, 2015

7:00 pm

Dr. Jake Lowenstern, USGS

The Yellowstone Volcano: Past, Present and Future - Monitoring the sleeping giant beneath Yellowstone National Park


April 29, 2015

7:00 pm

Dr. Robert B. Miller, Professor and Chair of Geology, San Jose State University

Construction, Emplacement, and Structures of Plutons and Their Importance: Insights From the Sierra Nevada Batholith and North Cascades (Washington)


May 27, 2015


6:00 pm

B. Lynn Ingram, UC Berkeley

The West Without Water


June 24, 2015

7:00 pm

 Dr. Will Schweller, NCGS President and Consultant

Injected Sands – Mother Nature’s Giant Frac Jobs?


2014 - 2015 NCGS Events and Field  Trips

(When available, click on the following links to download field trip applications)


Friday October 24, 2014

Calaveras Dam Replacement Project

Greg Bartow, Groundwater Program Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


Saturday October 25, 2014


(Let your teaching friends and contacts know!)


The Hayward Fault – Identifying Urban and Natural Features in the East Bay

Leader: Dr. Joyce R. Blueford, Math Science Nucleus
with Dr. Ray Sullivan, emeritus San Francisco State University


Saturday April 25, 2015

An undefined petroleum system along the Santa Cruz County coast, California

Dr. Allegra Hasford Scheirer and Dr. Leslie B. Magoon, Stanford University, Stanford


July 25, 2015

The Geysers - Geothermal Energy

Joe Beall ,Senior Geologist, Calpine Corporation, and

Craig Hartline, Senior Geophysicist, Calpine Corporation


Fall 2015

Anatomy and provenance of a deep-water boulder conglomeratic submarine canyon in the Upper Cretaceous Panoche Formation (Cenomanian), Great Valley Group, San Luis Reservoir, central California- Dr. Todd J. Greene, Department of Geological and Environmental Science, California State University, Chico



Additional Trips in Preliminary Planning Stage -


Do you have a place you’ve wanted to visit for the geology?  Let us know.  We’re definitely interested in ideas.  For those suggestions, or for questions regarding, field trips, please contact our Field Trip Coordinator Tridib Guha (see About the NCGS page).







Older Calendar of Events



2003 - 2004 Calendar of Events




2004 - 2005 Calendar of Events




2005 - 2006 Calendar of Events



2006 - 2007 Calendar of Events



2007 - 2008 Calendar of Events



2008 - 2009 Calendar of Events



2009 - 2010 Calendar of Events



2010 - 2011 Calendar of Events



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