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.

Spencer Baumgartner

Spencer Baumgartner, Pat Pringle, and Spensor Scott at the AEG meeting 2012Spencer's 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 (AGU).

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

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 Spenser Scott cuts a concretion with us a small circularl saw.Patty Newman and Spenser Scott at a fossil local in the Williapa HIlls, 2014.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. Spenser is currently working as a geologist for Horizon Well Logging, LLC near Enid, Utah.

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 Stone 

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 of 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.
Kim Stone stands at a fault outcrop along Hood Canal

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.
Kim Stone takes a luminescence sample from glacial lake sediments.

Dustin Hicks

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, Utah.
Dustin and a winter scene