2021 - 2022 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

Richard M. Wooten, P.G.

Richard (Rick) Wooten has over 40 years of experience in applied geology in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State and applied geologic research in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He earned his BS and MS degrees in geology at the University of Georgia in 1973 and 1980. Rick recently retired from the North Carolina Geological Survey where he was the Senior Geologist for Geohazards and Engineering Geology from 1990 to 2021. His previous work includes  mapping geologic resources and conditions for land-use planning, landslide investigations, and applied geotechnical geology for the USDAForest Service on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State from 1980 to 1990. His work with the
North Carolina Geological Survey includes the scientific regulatory review and field investigations for a low-level radioactive waste disposal project and bedrock geologic mapping in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 2003, his main focus has been on landslide hazard mapping and research and responding to landslide events North Carolina Blue Ridge. He has a special interest in the relationships of ductile and brittle bedrock structures with geomorphology and landslides processes and communicating landslide hazards information with stakeholders.

Available presentations:

  • Debris Flows, Big Slow Movers, and Rocks Slides: Assembling the Geospatial Legacy of Landslides using Lidar, Drones, and Boots on the Ground

  • The Building and Upkeep of a Landslide Hazards Program: The Confluence (Collision?) of Science, History, Politics, and Public Opinion – A Blue Ridge Perspective on a National Challenge

  • Responding to Landslide Emergencies: Communicating with Stakeholders and the Feedback Loop of Preparation, Response, Analysis and  Lessons Learned

  • Going Against the Grain: Linking Brittle Cross-Structures with Landslides, Hydrogeology, and Earthquakes in the North Carolina Blue Ridge and Piedmont

Request a presentation:

Richard is looking forward to this next year of the lectureship and the opportunities to meet and speak to geology students and colleagues on topics that have interested him throughout his career. Please email any speaking requests to Richard Wooten to schedule a presentation between October 2021 and September 2022.