Geoff Hales

Lecturer

  • Senior Geologist, McBain Associates Applied River Sciences (formerly McBain & Trush, Inc.), Arcata, CA, 2001 – present. 
  • Lecturer and Faculty Associate, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 2015 - present
  • Geologist, Kleinfelder, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT 1999 - 2001
  • Geologist, Busch Geotechnical Consultants, Arcata, 1995 - 1999
  • Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Carson City, NV; NAGT Internship 1995

Specialty Area

Fluvial and hillslope geomorphology, applied field geology

Teaching

I have been a consulting geologist for over 20 years, and my teaching focuses on applied field methods for contemporary practice with strategies and advice for entering the professional world.

Education

MS, Environmental Systems, Humboldt State University, 1999; BA, Geology, Humboldt State University, 1995

Research

I am a professional geologist licensed in California and Oregon specializing in fluvial and hillslope geomorphology. My work emphasizes projects that focus on flow and sediment management needs to restore geomorphic processes on regulated rivers, including sediment supply and sediment yield analyses; developing sediment management plans designed to help mitigate physical and biological impacts resulting from streamflow and sediment regulation; and developing and implementing monitoring programs to evaluate sediment mobility, transport, and associated geomorphic changes. My professional background also includes engineering geology (hillslope processes, slope stability, fault trenching, drilling, soils sampling and testing) and environmental geology (soil, surface water, and groundwater sampling; contaminant fate and transport analysis).