Southern Nevada Officers 2018-2019
Thank you for visiting our web page. We are a diverse group of geologists, engineers, and scientists located primarily in the metropolitan Las Vegas area. Our officers range from retired professionals with decades of experience to young geologists just getting started in the industry. If you would like more information on our group, or if you are interested in becoming an officer, please contact any of the Southern Nevada Chapter officers below.
Jerry is a retired seismologist and worked on the Yucca Mountain Project for many years. He obtained a BA in Physics (1973) and a PhD in Earth Science (1981) from the University of California at San Diego. His career focus has been on earthquake hazards and risk at nuclear facilities. As Chair, Jerry leads the Southern Nevada Chapter and is the primary liaison with the national AEG.
Kyle Virva has worked as a Geologist at Broadbent & Associates Inc. for the past seven years. He is a Nevada Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) and focuses on the characterization and remediation of groundwater systems. Kyle received his B.S. in Earth Sciences from UNLV in 2012 and is currently working towards his Masters in Water Resources Management.
Deborah Morales received her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2016. Currently, she is earning her Master of Science in Geology at UNLV, with a focus on carbonate sedimentology and chemostratigraphy. Her thesis project includes using stable isotope, Rare Earth Element and trace element analysis in carbonates and black shales to study the redox evolution of the Ediacaran ocean.
Marvin (Nick) Saines received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts. He worked for Harza Engineering Company in Chicago for many years on hydrogeological and engineering geology projects. In 1989 he left Chicago to work on the Yucca Mountain Project. In 1990 he founded what is now the Southern Nevada Chapter of the AEG and was first Chair. Since then he has been perennial Vice Chair and Program Chair of the Chapter.
Gabrielle is a postdoctoral fellow at the Desert Research Institute, studying how land use changes affect local hydrology. She received her BA in applied mathematics from Whitman College, and a PhD in environmental engineering from UC Berkeley. She is also a Nevada certified engineer intern.