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Staff Profiles -


Bob Houston Bob Houston,
Hydrocarbon and Metallic Ore Geologist
, M.Sc., RPG
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Portland Office
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965
Portland OR 9723
Cell Phone: (541) 619-4653

bob.a.houston@state.or.us

License

  • Registered Professional Geologist – Oregon (RPG)

Certification

  • OHLA iLearn Environmental Health Specialist Trainee (EHST) Examination Certificate, 01/08/2015, Validity Period: 3 Years
  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid, American Red Cross, 05/14/2014, Validity Period: 2 Years
  • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, American Red Cross, 05/14/2014, Validity Period: 2 Years

Education

  • 2001 M.Sc., Oregon State University; Major: Economic Geology; Thesis (Pub. # 7): Geology and Structural History of the Butte District, Montana;
    Minor: Glacial Stratigraphy; Thesis (Pub. # 6): Glacial Stratigraphy and History of the Blue River Drainage, Lane County, Oregon.
  • 1997 B.Sc., Oregon State University; Major: Geology; Thesis (Pub. # 11): Bedrock geology of the Bacona 7.5 minute quadrangle, Columbia County, Oregon: Unpublished B.Sc. thesis, Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State University, 36 p., 3 plates.

Continuing Education

  • 2014 Project Management Communications and Teamwork: Portland State University - Center for Executive and Professional Education;
  • 2013 Management Development Series - Foundational Training Program: Oregon Department of Administrative Services;
  • 2010 Responsibilities and Requirements Serving as an Expert Witness for the State Workshop: Oregon Department of Justice;
  • 2009 Rule Writing Workshop: Oregon Department of Justice;
  • 2005 Geology and Some Engineering Aspects of Coal bed Methane and Gas Shales Short Course: University of British Columbia & CBM Solutions Ltd.;
  • 2004 Expert Witness Workshop: Oregon Department of Justice;
  • 2003 Practical Drilling Skills: Oil & Gas Consultants International, Inc.;
  • 2002 Successful Cementing: Best Practices: Oil & Gas Consultants International, Inc.;
  • 2002 Drilling Optimization and Well Planning: Oil & Gas Consultants International, Inc.

Professional Experience

  • 2016–Present Hydrocarbon and Metallic Ore Geologist, Geologist, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI);
  • 2002–2016 Energy Resource Geologist, DOGAMI;
  • 2000–2002 Natural Resource Specialist-Reclamationist, DOGAMI;
  • 1999 Teaching Assistant, Field camp, Oregon State University, Oregon;
  • 1999 Field Assistant/Geologist, California Institute of Technology, Isla de Tiburon, Mexico;
  • 1997–Present Field Geologist, Houston Exploration and Research, Springfield, Oregon (Academic investigations for peer review publication);
  • 1997 Student Internship/Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado;
  • 1996–Present Lecturer, Broad geologic concepts presented to K through 12 students, Houston Exploration and Research Springfield, Oregon;
  • 1996–1997 Research Assistant/Field Geologist, Oregon State University, Oregon;
  • 1996 Research Assistant/Lab Assistant, Oregon State University, Oregon.

Professional Society and Affiliation

  • Society of Economic Geologists - Fellow Member

Awards and Honors

  • 2000 Michael Thompson Foster Scholarship, Tobacco Root Geological Society;
  • 1998 Grant recipient, Atlantic Richfield International Oil and Gas Company;
  • 1998 Scholarship, Tobacco Root Geological Society;
  • 1997 National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program, USGS, Denver, Colorado.

Research Interest

Primary Research Interest: Understanding the structural control of fluid pathways and the thermal evolution of ore deposits and related hydrothermal systems. Purpose: To improve the knowledge of the spatial and temporal distribution deposits, hydrothermal systems, and emplacement models. Methods: Geologic, fault/fracture, vein, and alteration mapping (Anaconda method), microthermometic analysis, and structural restoration of mineralized/nonmineralized hydrothermal systems.

Synergistic Activities

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Service:

  • 2016–Present National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program/ USGS STATEMAP funded project and other geologic investigations statewide.
  • 2013 Drafted “clean fill” rule language and led the OAR 632-030-0025 rules advisory committee meetings.
  • 2011–2013 Initiated, organized and led DOGAMI Mined Land Reclamation student internship program;
  • 2007 Member, agency strategic plan development committee.
  • 2007–2009 Drafted “Oil & Gas” and “Geothermal” Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 632-010, 632-015, and 632-020) and led rules advisory committee meetings
  • 2005–2007 Drafted and presented “Oil & Gas” and “Geothermal” (ORS 520 and 522) statutory language changes to several legislative committee hearings.

Service to Earth Science community:

  • 2013 Non-faculty advisor, Oregon Society of Economic Geologists student chapter Namibia, Africa Field Trip September 2nd to 13th;
  • 2013–Present Non-faculty advisor, Oregon Society of Economic Geologists student chapter;
  • 2011–2012 Member, Revenue Resources Committee, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, Lane County, Oregon;
  • 2010–2012 Chair, Budget Committee, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, Lane County, Oregon;
  • 2006–2010 Vice Chair, Budget Committee, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, Lane County, Oregon;
  • 1997–2000 Student Member, Oregon Society of Economic Geologists student chapter;
  • 1997–2000 Student Member, Society of Economic Geologists.

Selected Presentations and Invited Talks

  • Joint Keynote Speaker: Geology and Evolution of the Butte District, Montana; Mining and Mineral Symposium, Montana Tech., Butte Montana, May 8-10, 2015;
  • Exploration, development and discovery: Oregon’s First High Temperature Geothermal Project and other activities, State of Oregon Geothermal Summit, 2013;
  • Mining, Oil and Gas, and Geothermal State of the State of Oregon, Northwest Mining Association, Reno, Nevada, 2013;
  • Recent developments in conventional and enhanced/engineered geothermal systems, Namibian Geological Survey and National History Museum, Namibia, Africa, 2013;
  • Parvin Butte, Lane County, Oregon: Mining, landuse, and compliance issues, Oregon Solutions, 2012;
  • Advances in geothermal development and recent activities in Oregon, Oregon Energy Society, 2012;
  • Hydraulic fracturing practices in Oregon, Association of County Councils, Eugene, Oregon, 2012;
  • Geothermal Drilling and Regulatory Requirements, Malheur County Public Forum, Ontario, Oregon, 2012;
  • Coal bed methane and geothermal drilling activities in Oregon. Oregon State University, 2011;
  • Bully Creek Geothermal Field Developments, DOGAMI Governing Board Meeting, Ontario, Oregon, 2011;
  • Oregon’s recent drilling activities for Coal Bed Methane in Coos County and developing an Engineered Geothermal System at Newberry Volcano, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 2011;
  • Hydraulic Fracturing and Developing an Engineered Geothermal System at Newberry Volcano, DOGAMI Governing Board Meeting, Albany, Oregon, 2011;
  • Hydraulic Fracturing, State of Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Salem, Oregon, 2011;
  • Conventional Geothermal Resource vs. Enhanced Geothermal Systems vs. Engineered Geothermal Systems, NW Energy Association, Portland, Oregon, 2010;
  • Oil and Gas Development and Regulatory Considerations, NW Energy Association, Portland, Oregon, 2008;
  • Coal Bed Methane Development and Regulatory Considerations, Coos County Public Information Meeting, Coos Bay, Oregon, 2007;
  • Newberry Volcano Geothermal Potential and Development, DOGAMI Governing Board Meeting, Condon, Oregon, 2002;
  • The Butte District, Montana – New Field Data and Reassessment of Post-Mineral Structural Tilting, Tobacco Root Geological Society, 25th Annual Field Conference, 2000.
  • The Butte District, Montana - New field data and reassessment of post-mineral structural tilting, Poster Presentation, Geol. Soc. America Annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, 1999.

Publications

  • Houston, R.A., 2015, Geologic Overview and Preliminary Results: Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Auriferous Gravels Derived from the Butte District, Montana—A Consequence of Regional Tectonics and Early Paleocene Rapid Exhumation, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Open-File Report 669, p. 25-33.
  • Houston, R.A., 2014, Geology of the Butte District, Montana: Ore Deposits of Northern Idaho and Western Montana, Oregon SEG Student Chapter Field Trip Guidebook, p. 27-38
  • Houston, R.A., and Dilles, J.H., 2013, Structural Geologic Evolution of the Butte District, Montana: Economic Geology, v. 108, no. 6, p. 1397-1424.
  • Houston, R.A., and Dilles, J.H., 2013, Geology of the Butte Mining District, Montana, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Open-File Report 627, 1 sheet(s), 1:24,000.
  • Dilles, J., Field, C., Houston, R.A., Kent, A., Zhang, L., Reed, M., Rusk, B., Miller, B., Martin, M., Rye, R., Snee, L., and Stein, H., 2006, Lessons from Butte, Montana: Exploration and Mining Applications from Recent Research: Society of Economic Geology Abstracts with Programs.
  • Houston, R.A., 2004, Glacial Stratigraphy and History of the Blue River Drainage, Lane County, Oregon: Oregon Geology, vol. 66, number 1. p. 5-14.
  • Houston, R.A., 2001, Geology and structural history of the Butte district, Montana: Unpublished M.Sc. thesis, Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State University, 45 p., 10 plates.
  • Houston, R.A., 2000, The Butte District, Montana – New Field Data and Reassessment of Post-Mineral Structural Tilting, Field Trip Guide: Tobacco Root Geological Society, 25th Annual Field Conference, p. 48-52.
  • Houston, R.A., 1999, The Butte District, Montana - New field data and reassessment of post-mineral structural tilting: Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, p. A-382.
  • Dilles, J.H., Reed, M.H., Roberts, S., Zhang, L., and Houston, R.A., 1999, Early magmatic-hydrothermal features related to porphyry copper mineralization at Butte, Montana: Geol. Soc. America abstracts with Programs, p. A-380.
  • Houston, R.A., 1997, Bedrock geology of the Bacona 7.5 minute quadrangle, Columbia County, Oregon: Unpublished B.Sc. thesis, Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State University, 36 p., 3 plates.
  • Niem, A.R., Niem, W.A., and Houston, R.A., (Submitted), Geology of the Pittsburg 7.5-minute quadrangle, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, Scale 1:24,000.
  • Niem, A.R., McKnight, B.K., Houston, R.A., and Niem, W.A., (Submitted), Geology of the Vernonia 7.5-minute quadrangle, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, Scale 1:24,000.
  • Niem, A.R., Houston, R.A., and Niem, W.A., (Submitted), Geology of the Bacona 7.5-minute quadrangle, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report, Scale 1:24,000.

To be submitted (working titles):

  • Houston, R.A., Geology and Structural History of the Blue River District, Oregon. Economic Geology, in progress.
  • Houston, R.A., Fluid-inclusion evidence for the formation of gold bearing veins, Blue River District, Oregon. Economic Geology, in progress.
  • Houston, R.A., Obsidian hydration dating and correlation of glaciation and ice margin oscillations with the Blue River and McKenzie River drainage systems, Oregon, in progress.


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