March Meeting and Presentation

Landslides, Erosion, and Uplift on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington:  A Tale of Two Applied Geologic Projects
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 5:30 PM

Presentation by Kathy Goetz Troost, PhD, LG
Associate Teaching Professor, Earth and Space Sciences Department, University of Washington, Seattle
Senior Consultant, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Webinar Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89300156145

Abstract:  This tale of two sites is really a tale of many enigmas in part, because so little geologic work has been focused there.  We, a team of applied geology students, faculty, and volunteers, have been working on geologic questions on the Pacific coast at Rialto Beach and inland at a large landslide on Undi Road, on the Bogachiel River.

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Kathy Troost, PhD, LG, has over 42 years of experience as a Quaternary geologist providing expertise on geologic hazards and engineering geology for the public and private sectors.  She began her career with Shannon & Wilson, Inc. (S&W), where she worked for 19 years in three of their offices.  She left S&W to get her graduate degrees at the University of Washington.  While there, she co-directed (then later directed) the Pacific Northwest Center for Geologic Mapping Studies (GeoMapNW) where she designed and managed the subsurface database that now resides at the Washington Geological Survey.  Over her 12 years with GeoMapNW, she completed numerous geologic maps and derivative maps of urban areas.  After her time with GeoMapNW, and after a few years consulting as Troost Geosciences, Inc., she rejoined the UW in 2012, this time as a faculty member.  Kathy now teaches and co-directs the MESSAGe program (Masters in Earth and Space Sciences applied geosciences) at UW.  In addition to teaching courses such as Engineering Geology, Advanced Geology Investigation Methods, Technical Communications, and Professional Practice, she mentors and advises many graduate students each year.  She has been and is very active in outreach, networking, and professional organizations.  She is currently a member of the Washington Geology Licensing Board and the State Mapping Advisory Board.  Most recently she rejoined S&W as a part-time senior consultant.

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