James C. Cobb

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Education

1971, B.S., Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

1975, M.S., Geology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky.

1981, Ph.D., Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Research

Responsibilities:

As State Geologist and Director of the Survey, I make decisions concerning the Survey's mission, objectives, research direction, and new initiatives, and also serve as an advisor to State and Federal government on a variety of geology, land, mineral and water issues. I manage a budget of $6.5 million from State and outside agencies for a broad program in the geological sciences, including energy, ground water, minerals, geospatial analysis, and geologic hazards. The Survey has a staff of 80 persons in scientific, engineering, technical, and support positions.

Professional Experience

  • State Geologist and Director, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, 1999 - present.
  • Assistant State Geologist for Research, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, 1990-1999.
  • Head, Coal and Minerals Section, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, 1982-1989.
  • Geologist, Coal Section, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, 1980-1982.
  • Research Associate, Coal Section, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1976-1980.
  • Consultant, Beirut Lebanon, Foster and Associates, 1974-1975
  • Research Assistant, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1971- 1974
  • Technical Assistant, Illinois State Geological Survey, 1969- 1971

 

Selected Publications: 
  • National Research Council, 2007, Coal Research and Development to Support Coal Policy, National Academy of Science, in press.
  • Cobb, J. C., Wang, L., Woolery, E.W., Wang, Z., and Wu, Z., 2007, Rolling across the Roof of the World, Geotimes Magazine, p. 25-27.
  • Cobb, J. C., 2006, Section on Appalachian coal: Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, pp 13-14.
  • Cobb, J. C., 2005, Chapter on Coal: World Book Encyclopedia, World Book Publishing, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2004, Testimony for the Senate Energy Subcommittee on the Value of Geologic Mapping, Congressional Record, July, 14, 4 pp.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2004, USGS National Seismic Hazards Mapping Program and States: De facto Setting Public Policy for States, A presentation to the USGS Science Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee, June 3, 2004, Memphis TN.
  • Cecil, C.B., Dulong, F.T., Harris, R.A., Cobb, J.C., Gluskoter, H.G., and Nugroho, H., 2003, Observations on Climate and Sediment Discharge in Tropical Rivers, Indonesia, in Cecil, C.B. and Edgar, N.T. eds., Climate Controls on Stratigraphy: Society for Sedimentary Geology Special Publication 77, p. 29–51.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2003, The geologic foundation of Kentucky: University of Kentucky Donovan Scholars, Lexington, KY, October, 9p.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2003, Presentation of the Louisville 30 x 60 minute geologic map: Tenth Annual Kentucky GIS Conference, Louisville, KY, August 20.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2003, Using geologic maps to mitigate geologic hazards in transportation planning: Conference on Geohazards in Transportation in the Appalachians, August 7.
  • Cobb, J.C., 2002, The value of geologic maps and the need for digitally vectorized data: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-370, p. 3–6.
  • Cobb, J.C., and Currens, J.C., 2001, Karst: The stealthy hazard: Geotimes Magazine, v. 46, no.5, p. 14-17.
  • Weisenfluh, G.A., Cobb, J.C., Ferm, J.C., and Ruthven, C.L., 1997, Kentucky's coal industry: Historical trends and future opportunities: Kentucky Geological Survey, ser. 11, Information Circular 59, 9 p.
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