American Institute of Professional Geologists Ohio Section

Event Details AIPG Ohio Section

  • Saturday, Aug 15, 2015

    AIPG Ohio Section Summer Outing (Picnic and Field Trip)

    When:    Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00am – 1:00pm; lunch ~11:30am

    Where:   Shallow Hollow Preserve 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (West side of US 23 between Home Road and Hyatts Road in Delaware County) (click for map)

    Presentation/Field Trip Lead by:      Dr. Mohammad Fakhari, Ph.D., CPG

    RSVP:  by Friday, August 7, 2015 to Colin Flaherty (         

    The spectacular exposures of Devonian Ohio Shale at Shale Hollow were featured during the Ohio’s Geology in Core and Outcrop short course presented during the AIPG National conference The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources held in Columbus in April.  For those who were unable to attend the conference and short course, the Ohio Section of AIPG is hosting our summer outing at Shale Hollow Preserve.  

    Shale Hollow winds along a twisting corridor consisting of 20 to 40-foot Ohio Shale cliffs and provides a great opportunity to see concretions in their natural setting. Concretions in the Lower Huron member are abundant at the park and range from marble-size to nine feet in diameter. The concretions are composed primarily of carbonate rock enclosed in the dark gray to black shale. Horizontal ribbing is often evident representing layering of the surrounding shale prior to compaction and vertical cracks are commonly filled with secondary minerals such as calcite or barite.   


    We are thrilled that Dr. Mohammad Fakhari for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey is gracious enough to lead the field trip.  Dr. Fakhari compiled the Geological Field Guide to Shale Hollow Preserve, Camp Lazarus, and Highbanks Metropark (link) utilized during the aforementioned AIPG National Conference held in April.


    As an appreciation for our membership, the Ohio Section will be providing hamburgers/hotdogs on the grill and refreshments. We encourage membership to aid in the event by volunteering to bring a few side dishes; please email Colin Flaherty ( if you are willing to bring a simple side dish (e.g., chips, dessert, etc.).

    We have the Shale Hollow patio area reserved. We encourage this to be a family-friendly picnic and field trip (with short hike). Be sure to bring wading boots or sandals if you want to wade through the creek. We hope to see you there!  Please RSVP.


  • Saturday, Aug 29, 2015

    Wright State/AIPG Tour of Ohio Caverns

    Meet at Ohio Caverns at 10:00am      
    Saturday, August 29 2210 East State Rt. 245 
    West Liberty, Ohio 43357

    Transportation will be available for those 
    wishing to ride in WSU vehicles 

    (departure location & time: TBD
    Friends & Family are welcome: 
    children ages 5-12 $8; ages 13 and up $15. 
    Ticket price includes guided cavern tour. 
    Please RSVP to 
    by August 21st to reserve your spot. 
    *Jackets are suggested as cavern will be chilly* 

  • Thursday, Sep 17, 2015

    AIPG Ohio Section Dinner Presentation

    When:                        Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Where                      La Scala Italian Bistro

                                            4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    Feature Topic:            Earthquake Fingerprint Scanning to Help Discern Induced Seismicity

    Presented by            Dr. Michael Brudzinski

    RSVP:                         by Monday, September 14, 2015 (

    Sponsored by:                      



    You are cordially invited to the AIPG Ohio Section’s September Meeting and Dinner presentation, which will take place at La Scala Italian Bistro on Thursday, September 17th. The Section is pleased to host Michael Brudzinski, from the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science at Miami University who will present, Earthquake Fingerprint Scanning to Help Discern Induced Seismicity.  

    The event begins at 5:00 pm with social hour, followed by dinner at 6:15, and the feature presentation at 7:00. Please RSVP to Member-at-Large Colin Flaherty at

    Earthquake Fingerprint Scanning to Help Discern Induced Seismicity

    by Dr. Michael Brudzinski


    Questions regarding the link between human activities and seismicity have grown with the rise in both small earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing/wastewater injection activities in the United States.  Multi-station waveform template matching can be used like a fingerprint scan to identify repetitive microearthquake sequences buried in seismic datasets.  The swarm behavior and the frequency-magnitude distribution of the sequences can be used as criteria to help discern induced seismicity from naturally occurring seismicity.  Identifying induced seismicity using this approach can be done in near real-time without the requirement of local seismic deployments or industry data (e.g., injection volumes/pressures or stimulation reports), although this additional data can be utilized if available to further build support for the designation of either an induced or natural origin.

    In Ohio, seven recent seismic swarms have been correlated temporally and spatially with either hydraulic fracturing or wastewater injection, while over a dozen less repetitive earthquakes were not and appear to be naturally occurring.  The recent case in Trumbull County helps to illustrate how applying the scanning technique on a local network can provide operators with advanced warning.  Application of this approach to a regional network in Oklahoma reveals over 90,000

    Seismic events since 2008 and the majority occur as swarms correlated with oil and gas operations.  In particular, the improved catalog highlights how felt earthquakes induced during hydraulic fracturing is more common that previously recognized.  The overall distribution of earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing in the central and eastern United States suggests that the proximity of the target interval to the basement increases the likelihood of induced seismicity. 


    Dr. Brudzinski earned a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed an endowed postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining Miami University in 2004.  His scientific research is focused on the origins of hazardous earthquakes.  He has maintained nearly a decade-long field experiment in southern Mexico to investigate how colliding tectonic plates generate devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.  He is also helping uncover relationships between enhanced oil and gas recovery and earthquakes in the central and eastern US, focusing on recent seismicity in Ohio and Oklahoma.  He formed GeoSeismic Analytics, LLC to provide additional private consulting to industry.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Time Magazine, National Review, and in an appearance on the Glenn Beck TV Show.  Dr. Brudzinski’s educational focus is on developing active e-learning courses through assessment of inquiry-based learning, student engagement, and authentic scientific experiences in computer-enable classrooms.  He has generated $1.3 million in external funding at Miami to support the integration of research and teaching efforts, including a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award.  He has mentored over 20 students and postdocs resulting in national presentations, publications, and over $400K of student/postdoc led funding and awards.    

  • Thursday, Nov 12, 2015

    Ohio Section 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner Presentation

    When:                         Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Where:                        La Scala Italian Bistro

                                                4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    Feature Topic           The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region

    Presented by:             Dr. David L. Meyer

    RSVP:                         by Monday, November 9, 2015 (

    Sponsored by:                 



    You are cordially invited to the AIPG Ohio Section’s Annual Meeting and Dinner presentation, which will take place at La Scala Italian Bistro on Thursday, November 12th. The Section is pleased to host David L. Meyer, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati who will present, The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region.  

    The event begins at 5:00 pm with social hour, followed by dinner at 6:15, and the feature presentation at 7:00. The festivities will include a 50/50 raffle and door prizes! Please RSVP to Member-at-Large Colin Flaherty at

    The Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region

    by David L. Meyer (and Richard Arnold Davis)


    The Cincinnati Arch region of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana is known the world over for one of the most extensive surface exposures of undeformed fossiliferous marine limestones and shales of Late Ordovician age called the Cincinnatian Series.  This presentation was offered during the AIPG National conference The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources held in Columbus in April; it will explore the major reasons for the significance of the Cincinnatian to geology and paleontology, based on four underpinnings: evolution, environment, preservation, and geologic history.  These factors are connected to the global significance of the Ordovician Period in Earth history that has been the focus of an international research effort in recent years.  An overview of some of the major groups of marine animals that inhabited the Cincinnatian sea will culminate in the reconstruction of the marine ecosystem that set a pattern for the ensuing Paleozoic. Although many aspects of the Cincinnatian ecosystem can be understood in light of the present-day oceans, the ecological structure of the Cincinnatian was unique in lacking many modern counterparts.  This unique character was important in determining the nature of the stratigraphic record and resources that are environmentally and economically significant today.   


    Dr. David Meyer grew up in Western New York, a region rich in geological and paleontological treasures, and this was the source of this interest in paleontology.  He majored in geology at the University of Michigan and graduated in 1966. He went on to graduate school at Yale, where his research interest in recent as well as fossil crinoids developed. He received his Ph.D. in 1970, following which he attended a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Smithsonian.  In 1975, he joined the faculty of the Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati and began his career in teaching and research. He taught courses in paleontology, paleoecology, historical geology, coral reef geology and biology, and dinosaurs. In his research of living crinoids he has worked all over the Caribbean, and had several trips to the Western Pacific, including work in Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, Palau, and the Australian Great Barrier Reef. In 2012, he retired from full-time teaching at the University of Cincinnati; however, he is currently continuing part-time teaching and research as a McMicken Professor. His research has been supported by grants from the NSF, National Geographic Society, and NOAA.    

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