Outstanding Nevada geologist to lead the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology


Dr. James E. Faulds will be replacing Dr. Jonathan G. Price as State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) when Jon retires at the end of June. Between now and then, Jim and Jon will be sharing duties of the position, as we transition to Jim’s leadership.

Jim, who has been with NBMG since 1997, is an expert in structural geology, tectonics, and geothermal systems. He has published widely on extensional and strike-slip tectonics, nonmarine salt deposits, and structural controls on geothermal systems, including relations between current geothermal activity and young epithermal mineral deposits. He has mapped dozens of quadrangles in Nevada, including some in the Searchlight mining district in southern Nevada, the Carlin trend, the Walker Lane, and several known geothermal resource areas. His geothermal research has been instrumental in developing more sophisticated exploration strategies for geothermal systems. He has also taught courses in structural geology, tectonics, geothermal exploration, and field geology, including serving as Director of UNR’s geology field camp for 5 years. He has served as advisor for 14 graduate students while at UNR. He is also the current President of the Nevada Petroleum Society.

Jim earned his B.S. (with highest honors) at the University of Montana, his M.S. at the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. He held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at the University of Southern California and was on the faculty at the University of Iowa before joining NBMG.

Dr. Price can be credited with greatly enhancing the NBMG in his 24 years of stewardship and developing it into one of the best state geological surveys in the nation. Our understanding of many facets of Nevada geology has been greatly accelerated under Dr. Price’s leadership. Jon will continue as a member of the Bureau with emeritus status.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to his new roles as the NBMG Director and the State Geologist of Nevada.

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