Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 26, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Parratt-Wolff, Inc- 5879 Fisher RD East Syracuse NY 13057
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    Early registration through March 29, 2024

    Late registration closes April 19, 2024

    PDH certificate for 5 hours - $50. Must pay for PDH credits at time of registration (see check box on your registration invoice). 

    Topics Include:

    Borehole Geophysics – Hager-Richter Geoscience

    The methods to be presented are non-invasive borehole geophysical methods that provide in-situ subsurface conditions for (1) environmental investigations to characterize overburden, bedrock, and groundwater flow; (2) geotechnical investigations to characterize subsurface geology and man-made structures; (3) investigation for water resources; and (4) exploration investigations for minerals, oil, and gas.

    Borehole geophysical logging methods can be used as part of a subsurface investigation program to supplement other methods (drilling, sampling/lab testing, surface geophysics) and provide high resolution in-situ results to characterize geologic/hydrogeologic conditions and conditions of man-made structures throughout many stages of a project lifecycle. This presentation will include information on how borehole geophysical logging results can be used as part of geologic/hydrogeologic and geo-engineering investigations, specific logging methods will be discussed along with limitations of the methods, logging deliverables will be presented, and a demonstration will be provided giving those attending the opportunity to see borehole geophysical logging equipment including the logging winch, control unit, and a multitude of individual logging probes.

    Slug Testing – Gould Groundwater Geosciences and Ramboll

    The method to be presented involves the displacement of a quantity of water in a well and measurement of the time it takes for the water level to return to static conditions. The relationship of displacement and recovery time is used to calculate hydraulic conductivity. Slug tests typically occur in pairs often referred to as falling head (slug) and rising head (bail) tests. The method or device used to displace water must be matched to the well specifications, aquifer conditions and concerns about groundwater contamination.

    Well Design – Guy Swenson

    Well design is critical for groundwater extraction wells and the principles of well design can be important for monitoring wells. Well design involves selecting appropriate well components to efficiently and cost effectively achieve the project objectives. The use of well design principles will provide an efficient production well for a public water supply or for remedial groundwater extraction. Often well design for monitoring wells is limited, which can compromise the ability to effectively monitor and test the aquifer.

    This presentation provides an overview of the components and principles of well design and why well design is important for both extraction and monitoring wells. The issues to consider in order to design a well that meets project objective in a cost-effective manner are discussed. A better understanding of the value of well design will improve one’s ability to design and install more effective monitoring and extraction wells for groundwater supply and environmental monitoring and remediation programs.

    UAS Site Reconnaissance – Ramboll

    Since 2017, UAS or Unmanned Aerial Systems, aka drones, have been rapidly expanding in their use in multiple fields and applications. Drones provide us a with a safe and efficient platform to collect data from imagery to physical samples. Previously, this type of data was expensive and potentially risky to collect. Today, with relatively little training, almost anyone can obtain inexpensive drones and be able accomplish numerous tasks that may have been previously out of reach.

    This presentation will focus on their use in geologic environmental remediation. We will discuss; what a UAS/UAV/Drone is and how it works, FAA PART 107 regulations regarding their use, a few best practices and methods, and finally we’ll discuss a few case studies using UAS.

    Soil Logging and Classification – Ramboll

    Consistent and clear soil logging methods are essential to the classification of unconsolidated materials during the course of environmental, geotechnical, and groundwater supply investigations. The logging of physical characteristics of soils and other unconsolidated materials is a fundamental component of well design, evaluation of transport mechanisms, hydrogeologic modelling, conceptual site model development, evaluation of remedial alternative feasibility, engineering design, and much more.

    This presentation provides an overview of soil logging components and introduces how they are used within the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS). The presentation will include a soil logging demonstration of a split-spoon sample supported by an overview of selected tools and testing methods commonly used in a field setting.

    Introduction to Geotechnical & Environmental Drilling – William Hackett & William Kappel

    This presentation provides an overview of drill rig components and the purpose of geotechnical and environmental drilling. The demonstration will provide a real-world visualization of the topics discussed.

    Air Monitoring – PID Basics – Ramboll

    This presentation includes a review of basic PID characteristics and functionality.

    MiHPT Direct Imaging – Parratt-Wolff and S2C2

    This presentation will introduce the components and application of membrane interface and hydraulic profiling tooling (MiHPT). Participants will walk away with a basic understanding of tooling utilized for direct imaging for environmental investigations. A brief demonstration will provide a real-world visualization of the topics discussed.

    Low Stress (Low Flow) Purging and Sampling Procedure for the Collection of Groundwater Samples (USEPA 2010) with Regards to PFAS – ERM

    This presentation will focus on the low flow purging and sampling procedure, which includes recommended groundwater sampling equipment, stabilization criteria required to collect a groundwater sample, step-by-step instructions on when and how to collect a groundwater sample, how to handle samples after collection, chains of custody, and project analytical goals. Passive Diffusion Bag (PDB) sampling theory and procedures will also be discussed. PFAS considerations will also be reviewed regarding what not to use when collecting PFAS groundwater samples (equipment, supplies, etc.), the sample order for PFAS, and how to sample for PFAS.


    • Wednesday, May 01, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13204
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    The cost for PDH credit is now a line item that must be selected after you enter your registration information. The cost will be added to your dinner if you are attending the meeting in-person.

    PDH for CNYAPG members is $15, non-members $25

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    Bio: Dr. Maddy Nyblade is an assistant professor at SUNY ESF and the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She completed her BS in Geoscience at Penn State and her PhD in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Minnesota. She researches the hydrologic impacts of climate and land cover change on culturally significant plants in partnership with Indigenous Nations. 

    Abstract: The mainstream geological sciences have roots in colonization, yet geologists rarely interrogate the complex ways our science, our scientists, and our stories of science benefit the dominant society at the expense of Indigenous Nations. Without this critical analysis, the geology we teach and practice inaccurately appears as neutral and unattached to the genocide and land dispossession of Indigenous Peoples. This colonialism is evident in Minnesota's history: geologic mapping contributed to and was funded by land dispossession from Indigenous Peoples, specifically the Dakota, Ojibwe (Chippewa), and Ho-Chunk. In response to these critical reflections, geoscientists are (re)writing policy, commitments, and curriculum, as well as developing collaborations, all to uphold our obligations to Indigenous Nations and work towards justice in Minnesota and beyond. 

Past events

Wednesday, April 03, 2024 April 2024 Meeting: Dr. Scott Maguffin, SUNY Oneonta. "Redox Dynamics: Shaping the Fate of Nutrients and Contaminants in Water, Wetlands, and Agriculture"
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 *PDH Credit*- March 2024 Meeting: Bill Kappel & John Williams, USGS. "Challenges of Geothermal drilling/installation across Central and Western New York"
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 *NO PDH Credit*- March 2024 Meeting: Bill Kappel & John Williams, USGS. "Challenges of Geothermal drilling/installation across Central and Western New York"
Wednesday, February 07, 2024 *PDH Credit*- February 2024 Meeting: Dr. Mark Holland, St. Lawrence University. "Topic: TBD"
Wednesday, February 07, 2024 *NO PDH Credit*- February 2024 Meeting: Dr. Mark Holland, St. Lawrence University. "Topic: TBD"
Wednesday, January 03, 2024 *PDH Credit*- January 2024 Meeting: Jim Stewart, John P Stopen Engineering, LLP. "Some Significant Engineering Considerations for Facilities in areas of Camillus Shale and Utica Shale"
Wednesday, January 03, 2024 *NO PDH Credit*- January 2024 Meeting: Jim Stewart, John P Stopen Engineering, LLP. "Some Significant Engineering Considerations for Facilities in areas of Camillus Shale and Utica Shale"
Wednesday, December 06, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- December 2023 Meeting: Dr. Kris Kusnerik, Hamilton College
Wednesday, December 06, 2023 *PDH Credit*- December 2023 Meeting: Dr. Kris Kusnerik, Hamilton College
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 *PDH CREDIT* November 2023 Meeting: Dr. Bryce Hand, Syracuse University. "Syracuse Meltwater Channels."
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- November 2023 Meeting: Dr. Bryce Hand, Syracuse University. "Syracuse Meltwater Channels."
Wednesday, October 04, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- October 2023 Meeting: Dr. David Valentino, SUNY Oswego. "A Neoproterozoic (?) Basin Beneath Ithaca, NY"
Wednesday, September 06, 2023 *PDH CREDIT* September 2023 Meeting: Felicia Bechtel, RETTEW. "How to Find, Map, and Manage What You Want to Hit or Miss Before Digging, Drilling, Or Building"
Wednesday, September 06, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- September 2023 Meeting: Felicia Bechtel, RETTEW. "How to Find, Map, and Manage What You Want to Hit or Miss Before Digging, Drilling, Or Building"
Wednesday, May 03, 2023 *PDH CREDIT* May 2023 Meeting: David Finkelstein, Hobart and Wm Smith Colleges, Topic TBD
Wednesday, May 03, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- May 2023 Meeting: David Finkelstein, Hobart and Wm Smith Colleges, Topic TBD
Wednesday, April 05, 2023 *NO PDH Credit*- April 2023 Meeting: Jean Patota: Your PG License and Tips to Keep It
Wednesday, April 05, 2023 *PDH CREDIT*- April 2023 Meeting: Jean Patota: Your PG License and Tips to Keep It
Wednesday, March 01, 2023 March 2023 Meeting: Jesse Lubbers: Horizontal Directional Drills - Identifying & Mitigating Risks
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 February Meeting:Helbert Garcia (CNYAPG 2022 Student Grant Recipient) - The impact of glacial/interglacial cycles on erosion/sedimentation rates in low latitude tropical mountains.
Wednesday, January 04, 2023 January Meeting. Teresa Jordan, Cornell University. Cornell’s Geothermal Heat Aspiration and 2022 Cornell University Borehole Observatory
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 December Meeting: Tao Wen, Syracue University. “Using Machine Learning Approaches To Address Carbon Cycling-Related Questions”
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 November Meeting:David Barclay, SUNY Cortland. Megathrusts and tree-rings: high precision dating of the penultimate great earthquake in southern Alaska
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 October Meeting: Nicholas Metz, Hobart and Wm Smith Colleges- Rivers in the Sky: An Investigation of Atmospheric Rivers over the Northeastern US
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 (NEW) September Meeting: Mr. Derrick Pratt (Erie Canal Museum): The Erie Canal- Then and Now: A Crash Course
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 May Meeting: Mr. Jon Fox (Fox Professional Geology): Environmental Petrography Survey of Selected Upstate New York Bedrock Formations and Applications in Chemical Hydrogeology
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 April Meeting: Dr. Paul Harnick, Colgate Unversity The Ghosts of Populations Past: What Old Shells Reveal about Current and Future Oceans
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 March Meeting: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (NYS Geologic Survey). Advances in Understanding Late Pleistocene Event-Stratigraphy in Central New York: From Application to Paleoclimate Correlation
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 February Meeting: Bob Darling, SUNY Cortland
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 January Meeting: Robert Titus, Hartwick College - retired The Hudson River School of Art and its Ice Age origins
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dave Valentino (SUNY Oswego) Characterization of brittle deformation in Adirondack basement and the link to macroscopic features in the overlying Paleozoic strata
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dave Eckhardt- USGS Retired "Adventures in Africa"
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 October Meeting: Karen Harpp - Colgate University
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Bill Kappel, USGS retired - "Return to Retsof – Surface Geophysics Strikes Back"
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 May FREE Virtual Meeting: Dr. Joe Levy – Colgate University
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 April FREE Virtual Meeting: Nicolás Pérez-Consuegra (2020 CNYAPG Scholarship award winner) – Syracuse University
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 March FREE Virtual Meeting: Dr. Alka Singhal– Ramboll
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 February FREE Virtual Meeting: Dr. John Halfman– Hobart & William Smith
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 January FREE Virtual Meeting: John Gartner– Norwich University
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 December FREE Virtual Meeting: Dr. Laura Lautz– National Science Foundation- Legacy effects of cemeteries on groundwater quality and nitrate loads to headwater streams
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 November FREE Virtual Meeting: Dr. Nick Warner– SUNY Geneseo- Update on the InSight mission to Mars
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 October Virtual Meeting (NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED): Dr. Barbara Tewksbury– Hamilton College- From Orbit to Outcrop and Outcrop to Orbit: Teaching Astronauts to Think Like Geologists
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Speaker to be determined
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 April March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Speaker to be determined
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 CANCELLED: March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. David Eckhardt – USGS (retired) - "Investigating Aquifer Sources for Potable Drinking Water in Tanzania, East Africa"
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Page Quinton - SUNY Potsdam. "Carbon isotopes in shallow epicontinental seas: lessons from the Late Ordovician"
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: CNYAPG Student Research Scholarship Award Winner
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Kyle Makovsky – (Doctoral Candidate) Syracuse University. "Rockin’ the Bakken - Life and times of a Wellsite Geologist in North Dakota"
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Justin Stroup – Assistant Professor SUNY Oswego. “Understanding the Little Ice Age from the perspective of the Tropics: insights from Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru”
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Li Jin – Professor SUNY Cortland. "Applications of INtegrated CAtchment (INCA) models to simulate flow and water quality under changes in future climate and socioeconomics"
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 September Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Catherine Beck – Professor Hamilton College. "Impact of paleoenvironmental variability on hominin evolution as documented from a multiproxy perspective in the Turkana Basin, Kenya"
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Tug Hill Plateau Field Trip
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: (rescheduled from March) - Dr. Esteban Gazel, Assoc. Professor Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Cornell University. "The rocks that joined the Americas: Is there a connection with climate and evolution of life?"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 April Dinner Meeting: Scott Samson, Syracuse University. Inherited, enriched, heated, or recycled? The Grenville Orogeny: Examining potential causes of Earth's most zircon fertile magmatic episode
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Mr. Guy Swenson, P.G. "Hydraulics of Subsurface Injections"
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 February Dinner Meeting: Laura Demott, Syracuse University (CNYAPG 2017-18 scholarship winner) - Assessing Microbial Influence on Deposition of Frondose Lacustrine Carbonate Tufas from Winnemucca Dry Lake, NV, USA
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 January Dinner Meeting: Dr. Donald I Siegel, Syracuse University, “The Dismissal of Facts in Water-Related Decision Making: Root Causes and What to do About It”
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 December Dinner Meeting: Larry Brown, Cornell University, "3D Seismic Reflection Imaging with Uncontrolled Sources using Large N Arrays."
Friday, November 16, 2018 CANCELED due to weather ±++++++++November Dinner Meeting: Dr. Page Quinton, Assistant Professor, SUNY Potsdam. "Carbon isotopes in shallow epicontinental seas: lessons from the Late Ordovician"
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 October Dinner Meeting: Nick Warner, SUNY Geneseo - "The InSight mission to Mars: A geologist's approach to landing site evaluation"
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 September Dinner Meeting: Dr. Jeff Karson, Syracuse University, “Fire and Ice: Living with Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Glaciers in Iceland ”
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 May Meeting: Jamesville Quarry Field trip
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Bill Kappel (Retired USGS) & John Williams (Current USGS) "Time-domain electromagnetic soundings for the delineation of saline groundwater in the Genesee River Valley, western New York"
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Moran (EcoLogic, LLC), "The Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (CLMP) "
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Joe Gonzales (Syracuse Univ) "Pressure-temperature-time histories across the Burgess Branch Fault Zone, northern Vermont" and Mariana Rhoades (St. John Fisher College), "Historic Quarries and the Stone Industry..."
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: John Nadeau, NYSCPG: "The State of Professional Geology in New York "
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Keith White (Arcadis) “Winning with Karst: Effectively Managing Contaminated Karst Aquifers”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Richard Young (Emeritus Geneseo Geology), "When did the last, late Wisconsin continental ice sheet actually retreat from West-Central, NY?
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Joint Meeting with NEAIPG and NYSCPG
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Schweinfurth Art Center Geologists and Friends Reception
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 September Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Charles Ver Straeten (NYS Museum) Explosive volcanic eruptions, and the fate of volcanic ash in sedimentary environments
Thursday, April 20, 2017 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Rachel Lee (SUNY Oswego) Compositional and Textural Analysis of Maar-Diatreme Volcanic Deposits at Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field (AZ) Using GigaPan and Thermal Infrared Imagery
Thursday, March 16, 2017 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Peter Knuepfer (SUNY Binghamton) Evidence for Changing Flood Frequency, Upper Susquehanna River Basin
Thursday, February 16, 2017 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Barbara J. Tewksberry (Dept. of Geosciences, Hamilton College) Karst Development in Western Egypt
Thursday, January 19, 2017 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas (SUNY Buffalo) I Can See Clearly Now: Improving our ability to reconstruct past rain and snowfall by monitoring seasonal trends of hydrogen isotopes in environmental water and sedimentary leaf wa
Thursday, December 15, 2016 ** CANCELED **December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Jeff Over (SUNY Geneseo)
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker
Friday, October 07, 2016 2016 High Resolution Site Characterization and Emerging Contaminants Symposium
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