Gibson Consulting Speaker's Bureau

It isn't really a speaker's bureau, it's just Dick Gibson and colleague Pat Dickerson, both willing to talk about geoscience to pretty much anyone who asks. Both Pat and Dick are experienced study leaders for Smithsonian Journeys and other programs for the public. Both are experts at providing intriguing scientific information in entertaining, understandable ways. The following topics are available as of Spring 2006. Other topics are possible. Formats include stand-alone 1-hour presentations, lecture series, short courses, and step-on guide service including expert lectures. For presentations away from Pat or Dick's home bases, in Austin, TX, and Butte, MT, respectively, fees range from $200 to $400 per day for any format and may be negotiable; travel expenses are not included and must be added to these fees. See also the AAPG Visiting Geologist program for visits to college geology departments. AAPG VGP visits do not carry speaking fees or most travel expenses.

Topics Available for General Audiences

Go to Pat Dickerson's talks

About Dick Gibson

Dick Gibson's Lecture Topics

Available as single lectures or as parts of seminars and short courses
    Kidney Stone Mineralogy More info
    What's the deal with Oil? More info
    What Things are Made Of: The secret geology behind everyday man-made things
                Based on Dick's new book
                Multiple sub-topics available (e.g., medicine, food, auto, etc.)
    History of the Earth Based on Dick's Perpetual Calendar book
                Paid lecture includes 5 copies of the book
    Geology and Oil in the Former Soviet Union More info
    Global Warming: Views from Alaska to Iceland
    America's Oil and Mineral Dependency: Much more than Saudi Arabia
    The Oil Game: 2-4 hour role-playing experience in oil exploration and economics
    Custom talks for non-technical audiences on
    • Oil exploration: How to find an Oil Field
    • Geophysics
    • Geology of the world
    • Mineral deposits and uses
              Talks on specific commodities, such as gold, copper, platinum, oil
    • See Also VGP topics list

Dick Gibson's Lecture Series and Travelogues

Available as single talks, series, short courses,
or as part of step-on guide and study leader service on educational tours


                More info
                Assembling Alaska
                Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Global Warming
                Gold, Oil, and other Riches


                Fire and Ice: The Geology of Iceland
                Hot and Cold: Climate and other mysteries
                Rifts and Drifts: The tectonic framework
                Spouts and Spurts: Glaciers, Volcanoes, and Geysers


                Grand Canyon: Flat-lying rocks, spectacular scenery
                Restless Yellowstone and the Teton Landscape
                Glacier National Park: Glaciers, Catastrophic Floods, and Stromatolites
                Geology of Utah's National Parks


                More information on lectures and 5-day program
                Mining history and geology around Butte, Montana
                The landscapes of Lewis and Clark in southwest Montana
                Minerals in modern society: global interdependence
                Cultural, ethnic, and mining history through Old Butte Historical Adventures and based on Lost Butte book


                The geology behind the scenery

About Patricia Dickerson

Pat Dickerson's Lecture Topics

Available as single lectures or as parts of seminars and short courses
    Canyons, Craters and Drifting Dunes - Terrestrial Analogues on Earth's Moon and Mars
    Field and Remote-Sensing Training for Human Exploration of the Planets
    The Big Bend of the Rio Grande - Geology and Natural History
    Rifts of the World - Volcanoes, Hot Waters & Giant Cracks in the Earth!
    This Dynamic Earth
    How to Build a Mountain Range - Andes, Himalayas, Rockies and Other Lumpy Regions
    North American Tectonic Provinces
    The Odyssey of the Argentine Precordillera - Southern North America to the Central Andes

Pat Dickerson's Lecture Series and Travelogues

Available as single talks, series, short courses,
or as part of step-on guide and study leader service on educational tours


                Bridge between Continents, Barrier between Seas
                Geological setting and origin of Costa Rica, faunal migrations
                Volcanoes in a Fiery Chain
                Volcanoes, hot springs, active faults, tectonic setting
                Life on the Edge -- the Pacific-Caribbean Plate Margin
                Plate margin interactions, seafloor processes, mountain-building, influences on flora, fauna, climate
                Rising Ridges and Reefs -- the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
                Coral reefs, uplifted marine terraces, coastal processes


                Fjords, Tuckamore, and the Bones of Ancient Mountains
                Landscape evolution, interactions of sea and ice, postglacial ecology and habitats
                Hundreds of Millions of Years of Colliding Continents, Grinding Glaciers, and Pounding Surf
                Geological evolution -- two major episodes of continental collision and mountain-building,
                ancient and Pleistocene glaciations, coastal erosion

                Ice Sculpture, Rebounding Shorelines, and Great Wandering Icebergs
                U-shaped valleys, grooves, moraines, marine terraces and uplifted benches, the travels of icebergs from Greenland and Baffin Bay
                Earth As Powerful Dictator -- Resources, Forces and Human Activities
                Mining, whaling, fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, harbor settlement, petroleum exploration


                The Rio Grande Corridor - Mountains Rising, Volcanoes Exploding, and the Earth's Crust Pulling Apart
                Rifting and Rio Grande rift, Jemez Mts. volcanic complex; riparian habitats, migration paths
                and subsistence of humans, other walking and winged creatures

                Mud and Silver, Water and Stone - Raw Materials of Southwestern History
                The San Juan Mountains and Colorado Plateau, natural resources and a millennium of control on human activities
                The Colorado River - From the Fourteeners, through the Great Gash, to the Sea of Cortez
                Formation of the Rocky Mountains, the course of the Colorado River from the Rockies,
                through the Grand Canyon, and out to the Sea of Cortez


                The Ups and Downs of Life as a Young Island-Continent
                The dynamic landscape -- volcanoes, geysers, fissures, faults, glaciers, sandurs, place names as clues to Earth processes
                Iceland -- Visit the Mid-Atlantic Ridge without Wearing a Submarine
                Geological evolution and active geological processes - volcanoes (including Surtsey),
                earthquake faults, fissure eruptions and fire fountains, geothermal power, possible analogues to the landscape of Mars

                Where Ice Meets Fire!
                Glacial landforms (U-shaped valleys, hanging valleys with waterfalls, moraines);
                volcanic landforms (volcanoes, pressure ridges, phreatomagmatic cones);
                features produced by the interaction of the two (sandurs, jokulhlaups, tuyas, etc.)


                The Tetons and Yellowstone - Ice Sculptures and the Fire Within
                Tetons - glacial landforms, U- and V-shaped valleys, moraines, boreal ecology, mountains as agents of their own destruction; Yellowstone - hotspots, paintpots, volcanism, current activity. Features formed by interaction of volcanoes and glaciers
                Ice Sculptures - Glacial Creations
                How to build a glacier. Alpine glaciers of the northern Rocky Mountains. Fire and ice - where volcanoes and glaciers interact
                Mountain Islands in Desert Seas - Colorado Plateau and the Rocky Mts.
                Basin and Range Province, Colorado Plateau, the Rocky Mountains, ice age Lake Bonneville and Great Salt Lake. The dynamics of tectonic processes, water, ice - their influences on flora, fauna and human activities
                High and Dry - Sand Seas and Drifting Dunes of the Jurassic
                Zion and the Navajo Sandstone, modern sand seas, dune morphologies, wind regimes

Richard I. Gibson, Gibson Consulting - 301 North Crystal St. - Butte, Montana 59701 - Phone/Fax: 406-723-9639 - E-mail