Where are they now? Centralia College earth science students explore the Earth
updated February 10, 2015
Spencer Baumgartner graduated
from Centralia College in 2011. He received a B.S. in Environmental
Geologic Science from Central Washington University in 2014.
Spenser Scott has been working as Logging Geologist for Horizon Well Logging, LLC in Oklahoma since May 2014.
Kim Stone is working for Quantum Geospatial in Portland, Oregon and was with WADNR Division of Geology and Earth Resources in 2013–2014; Dustin Hicks is working for Halliburton in Vernal, Utah.
primary interests are hydrogeological modeling, surface-water
hydrology, field research and sampling, and natural hazard mitigation
and mapping. In 2013–2014 he assisted with field research related to
assessing effects of dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington. He
completed an undergraduate research project using GIS to map and
quantify the accumulation and transport of large woody debris on the
Elwha River channel following removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. He
coauthored several presentations including at the 2014 meetings of the
Geological Society of America (GSA) and American Geophysical Union
At left, Spencer Baumgartner, Pat
Pringle, and Spensor Scott at the October 2012 Washington Section
meeting of the Association of Environmental and Engineering
Geoscientists in Tacoma. Photo by Julia Turney.
Spenser Scott graduated from
Centralia College in 2009. He received his BS in Geology from
Washington State University in 2012 with an emphasis on geochemistry
and structural geology. Spenser's BS Thesis in geology was Variations in Mantle composition inferred from oliving phenocryst and xenocryst geochemistry from the southern Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico.
The goal of his research was to use trace element data from olivine
grains in basalt lavas to try to characterize the mantle source of the
magma. He presented his research at the 2012 Northwest Scientific
Association Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho and at the 2012 Rocky
Mountain Region meeting of the Geological Society of America.
Left: Patty Newman and Spenser Scott examine a concretion from the
Eocene/Oligocene Lincoln Creek Formation in the northern Willipa Hills
northwest of Centralia. Some of the concretions contain Turitella,
crab, and other fossils. At right: Spenser cuts a the surface of
a concretion in preparation for splitting it open.
Kim took her AA degree at Centralia College in 2009 and graduated with
a BS in Geology from Western Washington University in 2013. She was
employed at Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resourcesdoing
geologic mapping 2013–2014. Below she stands next to an echelon series
reverse faults she and the mapping team discovered along Hood Canal. She is now
doing GIS work at Quantum Geospatial in Portland, Oregon and
contemplating a Masters Program in the geosciences.
Below Kim takes a sample of glacial sediments for luminescence dating at outcrop of Pleistocene age in the Puget Lowlands east of the Olympic Mountains.
Dustin took his AAS in Energy Technology from Centralia College in
2007, and took geology courses too. He later graduated from Montana
Tech of the Univ. of Montana and now works for Halliburton in Vernal,