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PLEASE NOTE! This month's meeting is on a TUESDAY not the usual Wednesday!!!!


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  • Organization all about fostering geologic knowledge within the western New York region and beyond
  • Meet and interact with professional geologists and related scientists
  • Take part in educational monthly meetings discussing pertinent topics locally and worldwide
  • Have fun at local and regional field trips and planned events


Upcoming events

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Upcoming events

    • February 19, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chef's: 291 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

    TOPIC: Recruitment and Retention in Geosciences

    Geoscience faces dual recruiting challenges: a pending workforce shortage due to retirements and attrition and a lack of diversity. Already suffering from low visibility compared to other STEM fields, geoscience does not resemble the makeup of the general population in terms of either race/ethnicity or gender and is among the least diverse of all STEM fields in the U.S. Many studies discuss recruiting and diversity issues in science and math, but only a small number consider - and address quantitatively - barriers in geoscience.

    To examine potential barriers to recruitment, I interviewed 39 geoscience majors from two large public universities in the U.S. I gathered 1,169 ‘critical incidents,’ or life experiences that affected choice of a geoscience major. The critical incidents were classified by time period (when they occurred), grouped by outcome, sorted into categories, and compared by the students’ race/ethnicity and gender.

    Among some important differences, my study found that white, Hispanic/Latino, and African American students reported different types of experiences affecting major choice while growing up. For instance, 81% of white students reported outdoor experiences (e.g., camping, hiking) as children that affected major choice, whereas Hispanics (33%) and African Americans (22%) reported significantly fewer outdoor experiences from the same time period. And, we found that women reported more negative experiences than men in required non-geoscience courses.

    These findings suggest that sociocultural factors behind under-representation in other fields may similarly impede diversity in geoscience. Although geoscience majors share many common experiences, knowledge of subtle barriers that may exist for underrepresented students and women in geoscience can inform recruiting, teaching, and advisement strategies.

    SPEAKER: Dr. Phil Stokes - Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve

    Dr. Phil Stokes is currently the Executive Director of the Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve in Buffalo, NY. Prior to working for big fossil, Dr. Stokes served as instructor, research associate, academic advisor, and community outreach coordinator in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona while pursuing his PhD. His 2016 dissertation, Diversity in Geoscience: Critical Incidents and Factors Affecting Choice of Major, used social and behavioral science to look at the factors behind under-representation in STEM fields, and in particular geology.

    Dr. Stokes has coordinated four multi-year National Science Foundation projects: three at the University of Arizona (including SAGUARO) and one at SUNY Buffalo, where he earned his B.S. (2004) and M.S. (2007) degrees in Geological Science. His thesis work used ground penetrating radar to search for mastodon bones and to map glacially deposited units at the Ice Age Hiscock Site near Rochester, NY. In his spare time he plays guitar and ukulele, travels, and brings a telescope to music festivals for late night stargazing.


Past events

January 16, 2019 2019 BAPG/ASCE Meeting: Advantages of Ground Improvement Techniques over the Conventional Approaches
November 07, 2018 BAPG November Meeting - Meltwater on, in, and under the Greenland Ice Sheet
October 17, 2018 October NYSCPG/BAPG - Technical Symposium
September 19, 2018 BAPG September Meeting - Updating the Evidence for an Undocumented Glacial Advance in Western New York
May 16, 2018 BAPG May Dinner Meeting
April 18, 2018 Student Poster Presentations
March 13, 2018 BAPG-Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 21, 2018 BAPG February Dinner Meeting
January 17, 2018 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Using Soil-Cement Mixing for Soft Ground Improvement at a Landfill
November 15, 2017 BAPG November Dinner Meeting
October 18, 2017 October Meeting - Revising the Middle to Late Glacial History of Central & Western NY
September 20, 2017 September Meeting - Springville Dam Restoration - Sediment Management Investigation
May 17, 2017 May Meeting - Shutting Off Niagara Falls
April 19, 2017 April Student Poster Session Meeting
March 25, 2017 Buffalo Geological Society 49th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
March 14, 2017 BAPG-Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 15, 2017 February Meeting - NYS Professional Geologists Licensing Update
January 18, 2017 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Foundation Design and Construction of the New NY Bridge
November 16, 2016 November Meeting - Seismotectonic analysis in volcanic regions
October 08, 2016 2016 Western New York Earth Science Day
September 21, 2016 BAPG - September Meeting - NYS PG Licensing UPDATE
July 30, 2016 Member Appreciation Picnic at Penn Dixie
June 25, 2016 BAPG Guided Hike of the Lower Niagara River Gorge and Picnic
May 18, 2016 May Meeting - A Recent History of the Corps of Engineers’ Contribution to the Restoration of the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC): Lessons from the Sand Box
March 16, 2016 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 17, 2016 February Meeting - Hydrofracking, Climate Change, and Evolution Outreach Yield Rules of Thumb for Addressing Controversial Issues
January 20, 2016 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Unique Foundation Wall, Where Temporary Becomes Permanent
November 18, 2015 BAPG - November Meeting - A Redux - Buffalo-Niagara Corridor Historically Smelted, Refined, Processed and Fabricated Metal Sources
October 21, 2015 October 2015 BAPG Presentation
October 10, 2015 Earth Science Day 2015
September 26, 2015 BAPG Day at the Penn Dixie Site
September 16, 2015 BAPG - September Meeting - Buffalo-Niagara Corridor Historically Smelted, Refined, Processed and Fabricated Metal Sources
May 20, 2015 NYS Licensing Presentation and Q&A/Student Presentation
April 16, 2015 Buffalo Remediation Workshop - Free
April 15, 2015 BAPG - April Meeting - Unexpected NORM Waste in the Niagara Region
March 18, 2015 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 18, 2015 Hydrogeologic Modeling and the Development of Preliminary Remediation Goals for the Guterl Specialty Steel Site, New York
January 21, 2015 Joint ASCE/BAPG Meeting - Geologic and Geotechnical Aspects of the Maid of the Mist Drydock Project
December 03, 2014 Upper Devonian Shale Potential in the Northern Appalachian Basin
October 22, 2014 Open-Lake Placement of Dredged Materials on Western Lake Erie Basin: Beneficial or Too Green?
October 11, 2014 Earth Science Day 2014
September 28, 2014 Exploring New York: Little Rock City
September 17, 2014 Waterflooded Shallow Oil Fields of the Northern Appalachian Basin: Past, Present, & Future Practices and Issues
July 01, 2014 Exploring New York: An Evening at the Penn Dixie Site
May 21, 2014 The Hydraulic and Hydrogeologic Modeling of the Lower Scajaquada Creek for Environmental Restoration Planning
April 16, 2014 Conodonts in Time and Space
March 18, 2014 Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier (TSC) – Joint Dinner Meeting
February 19, 2014 Faults in the Appalachian Basin of New York State: A Reprise
January 23, 2014 Solving Difficult Brownfield Soil & Groundwater Remediation Problems on Five Continents
November 20, 2013 Establishment of the Profession of Geology in New York State
October 16, 2013 October 2013 Meeting: Scientists Make Mistakes Too
October 12, 2013 Earth Science Day
September 28, 2013 Canceled - BAPG September Field Trip- Canceled
September 18, 2013 GLLA Remedial Investigation of Eighteenmile Creek AOC
May 15, 2013 Seismic Retrofit of Soft-Story Woodframe Buildings
April 17, 2013 Hudson River PCB Superfund Site Update
April 16, 2013 In-Situ Remedial Technologies Symposium
March 21, 2013 March 2013 BAPG Monthly Meeting
February 20, 2013 February 2013 BAPG Monthly Meeting
February 19, 2013 Managing Groundwater Beneath the Agricultural Landscape
January 23, 2013 Joint ASCE and BAPG January Dinner Meeting
November 14, 2012 November 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
October 17, 2012 October 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
September 21, 2012 2012 WNY Geological Symposium
September 20, 2012 TWIN TIERS - Society of Petroleum Engineers
August 28, 2012 Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show
May 16, 2012 May 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
April 18, 2012 April 2012 BAPG Dinner Meeting
March 22, 2012 March 2012 Joint Dinner BAPG-TSC
February 15, 2012 February 2012 BAPG Monthly Meeting
January 18, 2012 Joint ASCE and BAPG January Dinner Meeting
November 16, 2011 November 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
October 19, 2011 October 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
September 23, 2011 BAPG September Picnic
July 25, 2011 Four Nights for Better Data, Maps & Visualization
June 29, 2011 The Cost of Power
May 18, 2011 May 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
April 20, 2011 April 2011 BAPG Monthly Meeting
April 13, 2011 The Marcellus Shale: Energy Development and Enhancement by Hydraulic Fracturing Conference
April 13, 2011 Air Waste Management Association
March 31, 2011 Marcellus Shale Lecture Series
March 26, 2011 Gem Mineral Fossil Show - Buffalo Geological Society
March 24, 2011 March Joint Dinner BAPG-TSC
February 17, 2011 University at Buffalo Pegrum Lecture Series
February 16, 2011 February BAPG Monthly Meeting
January 26, 2011 January 2011 Joint Monthly Meeting - BAPG-ASCE
January 19, 2011 Developing Shale Gas Resources: Environmental, Economic and Policy Perspectives
January 19, 2011 Green Remediation
December 15, 2010 No December Meeting
November 17, 2010 November Monthly Meeting - Brad Gill
October 11, 2010 October Monthly Meeting - Dr Paul Marinos
September 15, 2010 BAPG 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

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