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Jessica Garcia
Jessica Garcia
Phone:
(979) 845-2451
Fax:
(979) 845-6162
Email:
Ksjmg49@tamu.edu
Office:
Halbouty 274
Address:

Degrees:

Ph.D. Geology, Texas A&M University, current

B.S. Geology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2012

Awards:
  • GeoCorps/Mosaics Travel Grant, 2014
  • Pathway’s to the Doctorate Fellowship 2012 –2014
  • American Geological Institute (AGI) Minority Geoscience Scholarship 2011
  • Corpus Christi Geological Society Scholarship, 2011 & 2012
  • 3rd Place- Pathways to the Doctorate Research Symposium, 2011
Courses:

TA Geol 101; TA Geology for Civil Engineers


Jessica Garcia

Graduate Student

Research Interests

  • Geomorphology and Environmental Geology
  • Karst Topography
  • Engineering Geology
  • Critical Zone Research
  • Hydrogeology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing

Selected Publications

Garcia, J., Butler, Q., Janway, R., and King Lopez R., 2014. Cave Management: Assessment and Implementation at Coronado National Memorial, Arizona. 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Meeting.

Butler, Q., Garcia, J., Janway, R., and King Lopez R., 2014. Coronado National Memorial: Cave Management Plan. National Park Service.

Garcia, J., Giardino, J., and Vitek, J., 2013. Preliminary Analysis of Critical Zone Processes in the Montane Environment, Uncompahgre Watershed, San Juan Mountains, CO: A STELLA Modeling Approach. 2013 Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium.

Garcia, J., Giardino, J., and Vitek, J., 2013. Preliminary Analysis of Critical Zone Processes in the Alpine Environment, Uncompahgre Watershed, San Juan Mountains, CO: A STELLA Modeling Approach. 2013 Annual Geological Society of America Meeting.

Garcia, J., and Jackson, H., 2012. The GeoLogic Method. Laboratory Manual for Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Garcia, J., Cavazos, J., and Jaehyung Y., 2011. Climate change expressed through the reduction/advancement of Avery and Ross Ice Shelves. 2011 Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium.

Garcia, J., Pasciak, A., and Jaehyung Y., 2010. GIS Based Management System and Spatial Analysis of Enrollment Patterns. 2010 Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium.

Additional Information

Experience:

Guest Scientist- Cave and GIS Specialist Summer 2015- Present

Coronado National Memorial, Hereford, Arizona

Position involves in the ongoing development of the Coronado National Memorial (CORO) Cave Stewardship Strategy and projects related to inventory, monitoring, and management of cave and karst resources. This position will assist with update of cave documentation by synthesizing existing data sets, shapefiles, photographs, paper and digital maps, and archival records related to the Memorial’s caves into GIS; and drafting new cave maps as needed. Primary project goals for this position includes conducting cave and general geologic research, providing information to park managers, and to improve the understanding of cave and karst resources in the memorial.

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant: 2012-2013; 2014-2015

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Teaching geology 101 lab; introducing basic geology concepts to freshmen level college students. Developing short lectures, exams, and quizzes for geology lab.

 

GeoCorps America Speleologist Intern: Summer 2014

Coronado National Memorial, Hereford, Arizona

The previous cave management plan was updated to enhance monitoring activities and meet current management objectives. This effort resulted in a more robust management program, which now includes updated management objectives; protocols for monitoring and remediation; a cave safety protocol; updated cave maps; collection of anthropological and meteorological data; information about possible unknown caves through reconnaissance efforts; and the creation of education and outreach materials for training park staff and improving public interpretive programs.

 

Graduate Research Assistant: 2013-2014

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Worked as a member of a team on various research projects. My duties range from library searches to various lab procedures.

 

Geographic Information System Technician: Summer 2012

City of Kingsville, Engineering Department

GIS field data capture using Trimble Juno SB GPS equipment and other means; Map and database creation and manipulation using ArcInfo, ArcPad, Auto CAD, and other software; Provide mapping support for municipal and non-governmental entities.

 

Teaching Assistant 2010-2012

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas                                        

Taught Mineralogy lab to junior and senior level students focusing on morphological crystallography and symmetry concepts, methods of identification of minerals by their physical and chemical properties, and origin of economic minerals and ore deposits. Taught physical geology and earth science labs introducing basic geology concepts to freshmen level college students.

 

Research Assistant 2010-2011

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas

Research team leader for department. Climatological and anthropogenic remote sensing and GIS research under the direction of Dr. Jaehyung Yu.

 

Affiliations:

  • Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • American Geological Institute (AGI)
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
  • Texas Stream Team
  • GeoCorps Alumni

Certifications and Skills

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Certified Water Quality and Bacteria Monitor
  • MODFLOW
  • ARCSWAT
  • MATLAB
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