WOOSTER, Ohio – Deborah Green, the 2018-2019 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology, will present “You Don’t Look Like a Geologist – A Conversation on Diversity (or the Lack Thereof) in Our Profession,” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alley of Lowry Center (1189 Beall Ave.). The lectureship is supported by the Environmental and Engineering Geology Division (EEGD) of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG).
Green’s remarks will focus on the lack of diversity in the field of geology. As a young geologist she was told, “You don’t look like a geologist,” often by clients and even by her own company’s managers. More women are studying geology today (roughly 40% of geology graduates are women, according to the American Geological Institute) and going on to careers in the field, however, it is still an overwhelmingly white profession (less than 12% of geology graduates belong to underrepresented minority groups).
Green earned a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Rochester and a master’s in science degree in engineering geology from Texas A&M University. She worked as an environmental and engineering geologist for 30 years in more than 35 states, with 20 of those years as a self-employed consultant. Active in the AEG, Green has mentored many young professionals and championed the Norman R. Tilford Field Studies scholarships. The scholarships support students learning geology in the field, and are named in honor of her late husband, an internationally-recognized engineering geologist who died in a small plane crash on his way to lead a student field trip in 1997.
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