Samuel 'Sammy' Castonguay
Earth Sciences (2015)
A.A.O.T., Lane Community College
B.Sc., University of Oregon
M.Sc., University of Oregon
Greetings! I am the Earth Systems Science Adjunct Instructor here at beautiful Treasure Valley Community College. Before joining the Science Team at TVCC, I was a visiting instructor at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2013-2015). I also teach sections GEOL 406 Geology Field Camp in Central Oregon and Southwest Montana for University of Oregon.
Please email me (email@example.com) for more information regarding the courses listed. I am THRILLED to share my knowledge of the Earth and welcome you to any of my courses to learn the Big Ideas of Earth Systems Science.
The Western Treasure Valley Magazine, published by the Argus-Observer, wrote me into their "Why I love the Western Treasure Valley" segment in Spring 2018.
In spring 2017, I was interviewed on the Oregon Public Broadcasting radio show "Think Out Loud" while they were in the region.
I participate as an Attending, Board, or Committee member in several organizations:
Friends of the Owyhee (conservation and education)
EUVALCREE (equity, inclusion, and society)
Kiwanis International (Serving the needs of Children worldwide)
Other local press.
Professionally I’m an active member of the Geologic Society of America, the Society of Economic Geologists, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers which enable me to attend conferences and workshops, stay current on new research, and collaborate with Earth Systems scientists across the world. My research is focused in Structural Geology and Neotectonics, looking the deformation of Earths surface. I’ve had projects in Death Valley (M.Sc. Thesis), Central Oregon, and Northern Wisconsin, and now focus my inquiries on the Owyhee Plateau and the Western Treasure Valley. I'm also very interested in Geoscience Education, fungi-silicate interactions, the interactions of the Earth Systems and the Anthropocene.
Personally, I was raised on a cattle ranch in western South Dakota where my love for the landscape began. I have fond memories of riding horseback through wooded draws pondering the origin of the surrounding buttes and their layered appearance. When I was in grade school, the most complete T. rex skeleton discovered to-date, Sue, was excavated 40 miles north of my hometown. After taking some time off after High School, I started my higher education at Lane Community College where I attended my first geology course. My college undergraduate studies in geology led me to some amazing locations for ‘work’, such as central Alaska, southern California, northern Mexico and northeastern Oregon.
My family and I enjoy hiking, biking, gardening, mushroom hunting, and Pokémon.
Vandyk, T. M.1, Le Heron, D.P., Chew, D.M., Amato., J.M., Thirlwall, M., Hennig, J., Dehler, C.M., Castonguay, S.R., Knott T., Tofaif, S., Ali, D.O., Manning, C.J.,Busfield, M.E, Doepke, D., Grassineau, N., Precambrian Olistoliths Masquerading as Sills from Death Valley, California
Mackey, B.H., Castonguay, S.R., Wallace, P.J., and Weldon, R.J., 2014, Synchronous Late Pleistocene Extensional Faulting and Basaltic Magmatism in the Fort Rock Basin, Central Oregon: Geosphere
Castonguay, S.R., 2012, Starting a Geology Student Club Public Outreach Program: The Professional Geologist, Jan/Feb, PG 6
Carver, G.A., Bemis, S.P., Solie, D.N., Castonguay, S.R., Obermiller, K.E., 2010, Active and Potentially Active Faults in or near the Alaska Highway Corridor, Dot Lake to Tetlin Junction, Alaska: Alaska Department of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Report
Papers in Preparation
Castonguay, S.R., Ihinger, P., Friedrichs, F.R., Friedmann, C.B., and Moore, C.M., Geochemistry of the Green Mountain Shield Volcano, Eastern Oregon
Castonguay, S.R., and Miller, M.B., Structural Evolution of the Virgin Spring Phase of the Amargosa Chaos, Southern Death Valley, California
Castonguay, S.R., Geology and Mycology: A Match made on Earth, FUNGI Magazine, in review, est. Fall 2018
Conference Abstracts--*denotes Undergraduate Student presenter
Castonguay, S.R., Miller, M.B., 2018, Amargosa Chaos: A Product of Multiphase Deformation' Geologic
Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50
Miller, M.B., Castonguay, S.R., Rogers, C.E., 2018, Basement Cover Contact in the Amargosa Chaos, Death Valley,
California: A regional Fault or Locally Faulted Unconformity?, Geologic Society of
America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50
Johnson, S.A*, Castonguay, S.R., 2017, Lucustrine-Fluvial Dynamics of the Western Lake Idaho; Geologic Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 49, No. 6
Friedemann, C.A.*, Castonguay, S.R., 2016, Petrology, Geochemistry, and Geochronology of the Green Mountain Shield Volcano, Oregon; Abstract and Poster at CERCA Student Research Day University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Friedemann, C.A.*, Castonguay, S.R., and Friedrichs, F.R.*, 2015, Petrology, Geochemistry, and Geochronology of the Green Mountain Shield Volcano, Oregon; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 5, p.14
Baftiri, M.*, and Castonguay, S.R., 2015, Subsurface Geology and MCR Intrusions of Chippewa County, WI; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 5, p.28
Moore, C.G.*, and Castonguay, S.R., 2015, Comparative Geochemistry of Unknown Basalts from Paulina, Oregon to Determine Map Units; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 5, p.14
Friedrichs, F.R.* and Castonguay, S.R., Geochemisty of the Green Mountain Shield Volcano, Eastern Oregon: GSA North-Central Section Meeting 2014, Poster Presentation
Castonguay, S.R. and Miller, M.B., New Mapping in the Amargosa Chaos, Death Valley National Park: Multiphase Deformation,Iron Oxide-Copper-Gold ± U ± LREE Deposit, and the Amargosa Fault: GSA Annual Meeting 2013, Poster Presentation
Mackey, B.H., Castonguay, S.R., Wallace, P.J., and Weldon, R.J., Synachronous Late Pleistoncene Extensional Faulting and Basaltic Magmatism in the Fort Rock Basin, Central Oregon: AGU Fall Meeting 2012, Poster Presentation
Weldon, R.J., Streig, A.R., Scharer, K., Fumal, T., Castonguay, S.R., Lippoldt, R., Zacharisan, J., Austin, L., Evaluating the Relationship between Lateral Slip and Repeated Fold Deformation along a Transtensive Step-over on the San Andreas Fault at the Frazier Mountain Site: AGU Fall Meeting 2011, Poster Presentation
Castonguay, S.R.*, Mackey, B.H., and Weldon, R.J., Paleoseismology of Crack in the Ground Fault, Oregon: AGU Fall Meeting 2011, Poster Presentation