As Old As The Hills Speaker Series

Quick Links to Presenters, Biographies, and Additional Information

Metamorphically Speaking with Ryan McKeon

Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Thetford Academy

Ryan McKeon

Ryan McKeon grew up in the Upper Valley and followed a love of the outdoors westward for college where he wanted to take one geology class that would explain why the Rocky Mountains looked different than the Appalachians he grew up in. Three degrees in earth sciences and a dissertation written on the Appalachian landscape later, Ryan is still trying to answer his seemingly basic question: "why do the mountains look the way they do and what is the timing and rate of the processes that control their development?". Having now returned to the area where these questions first arose, Ryan now looks at the landscape of Vermont and New Hampshire with an understanding of the geologic and tectonic history of the region and is eager to share this new and more nuanced perspective. Ryan is currently a Lecturer in the Geography Department at Dartmouth College where he teaches physical geography and Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Dartmouth College - Department of Geography

19 Fayerweather Drive

Hanover, NH  03755

603-646-3378 Geography Department (Weather)

Beware of Ice! with Stephen Wright

Thursday, April 19, 2018 7 pm

United Church of Thetford (N Thetford)

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is a senior lecturer in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont. His research has been focused on understanding the changing environments that existed while the last ice sheet was retreating across Vermont 15–13 thousand years ago. During the summer months he conducts field work with undergraduate students mapping the distribution of glacial materials and landforms. His most recent work has been in the towns of Weathersfield, Waterbury, Bolton, and Stowe.

UVM Department of Geology

Delahanty Hall, 180 Colchester Avenue

Burlington, VT 05405-1708


UVM Geology Department (Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association) (2016 Regional Production Data)

Oh, Well... with Jon Kim

Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:00 pm

Thetford Elementary School

Jon Kim

Jonathan Kim received his Ph.D. in Geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1996), his M.S. from the University of South Florida (1984), and his B.A. from Colgate University (1981). He began working for the Vermont Geological Survey in 1997 where most of his current research relates to the characterization of fractured bedrock aquifers through geologic mapping, structural analysis, and chemical and physical hydrogeology. Active collaboration with a consortium of professors and students from Middlebury College, University of Vermont, and SUNY at Plattsburgh supports this research.

Jon Kim

1 National Life Dr., Main 2,

Montpelier, VT 05620-3902

(802) 522-5401

Vermont Geological Survey

Other Links of Interest (Seed Savers Exchange) (Fedco Seeds - the source of our "Three Sisters" seed blend given to attendees) (Svalbard Seed Vault)

The Last Dam Program with Heather Morse and Andrew White

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:00 pm

Union Village School House

Union Village Dam

Heather Morse is the Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers at North Hartland Lake and Union Village Dam. She started working for the Corps in New Hampshire while in college and moved to Vermont as a full time ranger. She earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Conservation from UNH and earned a Master's of Forestry degree from the University of Maine. She has worked for the Corps for almost 19 years, the last 8 years as manager. Andrew White has worked as a Park Ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at North Hartland Lake and Union Village Dam since 2010. His interest in GIS led to a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Bridgewater State College. Outside work, he and his wife like to explore the many hiking trails and mountain peaks that New England has to offer along with their border collie. 

Alan provided some great links and information at his talk - here are a few: (Protecting Yourself From Ticks - a six-minute UNH video) (Biology and Management of Ticks in New Hampshire) (Insect Repellents, including those for ticks) (Winter Ticks)

Dr. Alan Eaton

UNH - Spaulding Hall

38 Academic Way

Durham NH 03824-2617

(603) 862-1734 (a good overview with most of the above links.  Includes tick images)

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