Our Bookworks bookseller, geologist and renowned lecturer, Deb Green, presents a geology talk at Bookworks: "Always Book a Window Seat--The Lens Through Which Geologists View the World and Why it Matters."
Looking at the landscape like a geologist can change the way you view the world--from a roadcut to the view from an airplane window, knowing the rudiments of geology tells you something about the earth processes that shaped the landscape before you. Those views tell a story of the ceaseless motion and deep time that characterize our amazing home. In this presentation, geologist/writer/bookseller Deborah Green will show plenty of pictures through a geologist’s lens, and relate some of the tales those views tell.
Deborah Green was born in Queens, New York, and traveled and camped throughout the United States and Canada with her family during her childhood summers, doing much of her growing up in the National Parks. She’s been a Westerner all her life, it just took her 39 years to get home. She now makes her homes in a passive solar adobe house at the north end of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico and on a sailboat in British Columbia during the summers. In both places, she spends much of her time outdoors. She holds geology degrees from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M University. She worked as an environmental and engineering geologist for 30 years in more than 35 states, with 20 of those years as a self-employed consultant. Active in the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, a professional organization, Deborah has mentored many young professionals and championed the Norman R. Tilford Field Studies scholarships. The scholarships support students learning geology in the field. They are named in honor of Deborah’s late husband, an internationally-recognized engineering geologist, who died in a small plane crash on his way to lead a student field trip in 1997.
In 2018-2019, Deb was the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology, a honor bestowed jointly by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). She was only teh second woman to hold the title.
Having written poetry as a girl, she rediscovered her love for creative writing after establishing herself in her professional career. She’s written a poetry chapbook, Each Bed of Stone, and co-authored a book of poetry in dialogue with two other poets titled Triologue. Her first novel, tentatively titled Inundation, is loosely based on a period in her late husband’s life when he was working as the Chief Foundation Geologist for a large dam in East Central Turkey from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s. Deborah was a Finalist in the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-In-Progress Contest. She is currently working on several short stories as her agent begins submitting her novel to publishers.
As the GeologistWriter, Deborah strives to understand and convey the wonder of the landscape and the complexity of earth processes while also exploring the mysterious terrain of the human heart and relationships through compelling stories and essays. Her website is geologistwriter.com.