Meeting/Event Information

Technical Talks: The Minnesota Section of AIPG holds technical talks September through May, generally the first Tuesday of the month. The talks are designed to fulfill 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH). Professional Geologists, as licensed in the State of Minnesota, are required to complete 24 PDHs every biennium licensing period, including 2 PDHs of ethics.  The technical talks feature important subjects of interest to professional geologists.

The cost includes a buffet lunch and is $21 for non-members, $16 for members, and $0 for students when registering in advance.  We have limited same-day registration for $25. 

As always, non-members and non-geologists are welcome to attend!

AIPG MN Dec Meeting - Medical Geology!

December 03, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville
2540 North Clevelenad Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Registration for the AIPG MN Section's December meeting is now open online! The cost is $21 for non-members and $16 for members when registering before Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Students may attend free of charge by registering in advance.  Same day registration is $25.  As always, non-members and non-geologists are welcome to attend!   



Medical Geology, Road Salt Impairments, & Oil Spill Toxicology

By Dr. Jennifer McGuire Illig, Professor, University of St. Thomas &

Paul Youngblood, Student, University of St. Thomas


Presentation Abstract

The emerging field of Medical Geology deals with the interactions between earth materials and processes and human health. In general, humans are most intimately connected to the earth through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Billions of people around the globe obtain their food and water directly from the surrounding environment and (nearly) all breathe the local air. This means that the biology and geochemistry of the environment in which you live has a marked influence on your health, both positively and negatively. Specific examples include excesses and deficiencies of trace metals in our food and drinking water, inhalation of various mineral dusts and volcanic emissions, the effects of earthquakes on particulate air quality, exposure to organic compounds in our food and water, the presence of radionuclides and global transport of pathogenic bacteria in dust clouds. This seminar will provide a current overview of the field and provide specific case studies of how earth materials and processes affect human health and incidence of disease.  Examples will come from the developing and developed world including studies in the U.S. and Minnesota. Two current studies on the health of Medicine Lake, an urban lake in Plymouth, MN and on the toxicology of “aged” waters impacted by a crude oil pipeline release 30 years ago near Bemidji, MN. 

The interface between earth sciences and public health is pervasive and enormously complex.  Though collaborative research at this interface is in its infancy, this field has great potential to ameliorate the adverse health effects and enhance the beneficial health effects from the geologic environments in which we live.  Please join Professor McGuire in discussing this exciting opportunity.


Speaker Biographies

Dr. McGuire Illig is Professor and Associate Chair of the Biology Department at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Geology Dept. 2008-2013; Biology Dept. 2013-present).  From 2002-2008 she served as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University where she was tenured before moving to Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Geoscience & Environmental Toxicology at Michigan State University in 2002. Dr. McGuire has co-authored circa 45 manuscripts quantifying chemical fate and transport in surface water and both saturated and vadose zone subsurface environments to protect human and ecosystem health.  Her research focuses on the coupled hydrogeological, microbiological, and geochemical processes that control the redox potential of aqueous systems, which is necessary to evaluate health concerns including chemical routes of exposure (risk assessment), natural attenuation and bioremediation capabilities, biogeochemical cycling of metals & nutrients, and the management of redox-sensitive environments such as lakes, wetlands, and estuaries. Dr. McGuire has been awarded several NSF and LCCMR research projects including field, laboratory and numerical modeling studies of surface and subsurface systems impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, biofuels, landfill leachate, and mixed waste fuel/solvent plumes.

Paul Youngblood is a senior undergraduate student at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota finishing up a degree in Biology with a sustainability minor. He has been a research student for Dr. Jennifer Illig for two years and has been assisting in toxicology research on waters impacted by a crude oil release from near Bemidji, MN and chloride in an urban lake from road salt runoff. He is the president of a club called Brightside Produce, which works to solve food insecurity and inequity problems in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area by providing produce to neighborhoods where is would not otherwise be available. He is a captain of the University of St. Thomas’s Ultimate Frisbee team as well as the volunteer coordinator for one of the largest clubs on campus - Tommie Strength. He plans on going to graduate school in the field of Biology in 2021.


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