Faces of GSN

Leann Giese

Winnemucca Chapter President
I was born and raised in Sussex, Wisconsin, the land of beer, cheese, and Packers! Growing up in Wisconsin was a great time with lots of camping, Whitetail hunting, and lakes, but not many rock outcrops unless you went to a nearby limestone quarry.

I attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where I had no idea what to study. Lo and behold, an Introduction to Geology class and one geology field trip later and I was hooked! The first trip was to the Sierra Nevada and Death Valley. It was my first time ever seeing mountains like that or feeling heat like that! Throughout my college experience, I was privileged to participate in many trips out west; Yellowstone, Colorado Plateau, Arches, Craters of the Moon, Devil’s Tower, Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, and many other places. I was also able to go on trips to northern Minnesota to look at the banded iron formations, pillow basalts and gabbros. While finishing my studies, I endured a six-week field camp in the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains.

In 2006, I moved to Socorro, New Mexico with my boyfriend at the time, currently my fiancé, into a 100-year old adobe house. I worked for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources on the Waste Rock Characterization Study. I helped with fieldwork, sample collection, in-situ shear tests, sample preparation and lab work.

Currently, I work at Twin Creeks mine in northwestern Nevada for Newmont Mining Corporation. I started in 2008 as an ore control geologist and eventually became a project geologist for the surface group. I am enjoying my time working in Nevada and still having fun hunting and camping when I can.

Thank you for letting me be a part of Faces of GSN, and hopefully I can continue to be a part of GSN for years to come. Go Packers!

Leann Giese