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BAPG - September Meeting - NYS PG Licensing UPDATE

  • September 21, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Eagle House 5578 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221



NYSCPG President Michael Rygel will provide an update on the laws regulating the practice of geology and license geologists in NYS.  He will discuss the history of the licensure effort, details of the law, recently adopted license requirements, the application process, and an update on recent legislation corrects several unintended consequences of the 2014 licensure bill. 

The NYSCPG was formed in 1995.  The Council’s mission includes advancing the geological sciences as a profession; promoting the protection of the public and the environment through professional practice; establishing high standards of ethical conduct; promoting the legal standing of geologists through legislation; and protecting the integrity of the profession.


Michael earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Earth Science from Dalhousie University in 2005.  He worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2005-2006 before becoming a faculty member at SUNY Potsdam in 2006.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and became Department Chair in 2014.  He worked as a consultant for Devon Energy from 2011-2013 and has spent his summers co-teaching Indiana University’s Field Geology in the Northern Rocky Mountains (G429) since 2011.

Michael’s research interests focus on the sedimentology and stratigraphy of shallow marine-terrestrial clastic systems.  He focuses largely on Late Paleozoic strata and has worked in the Maritimes Basin (Atlantic Canada), Appalachian Basin (eastern USA), Anadarko Basin (Texas and Oklahoma), and numerous depocenters in eastern Australia.  He has authored or co-authored 33 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 80 presentations at scientific meetings. 

He serves as President for the New York State Council of Professional Geologists (2015-present) and as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences and the Journal of Sedimentary Research. In 2010 he was awarded the Geological Society of America’s Donald L. and Carolyn N. Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award.  

This meeting is kindly being sponsored by Test America

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