South Coast Geological Society

Welcome to South Coast Geological Society

Happy Spring Equinox,                                              March, 2021

May the days ahead be filled with light and warmth!  It’s hard to believe it has already been a year of quarantine, social distancing, and other covid-related shenanigans.  I feel like the end of the long winter (of our discontent) is in sight and we may soon be able to start a slow transition back to a new normal.  With that hope in mind, a handful of the other officers and I (and my right-hand man/husband) performed a weekend scout trip for the upcoming fall field trip in the San Jacinto Mountains.  We had a great time scouting field trip stops, sizing up dirt turnouts, throwing snowballs, and thawing out in front of the campfire! We have a few more scouting trips to complete and hope to set a date for the field trip soon. Let’s hope for the new normal and the opportunity to gather together for a real field trip.   

Thank you for attending another record-setting Zoom meeting earlier this month – I was sad to miss our annual meeting on campus at CSULB, but it was great to see so many students and faculty join the meeting.  Dr. Andrea Balbas entertained us with a presentation on the Missoula Floods complete with the occasional joke, comic strip and cat video. I can only imagine her classes are fun and well-attended!   

Please join us for our next meeting on April 5th where we will learn about the terroirs of the Santa Barbara wine region. Brenna Quigley, geologist, podcaster and wine enthusiast will discuss the mysterious concept of terroirs, their history and how geology plays an integral part in regional terroirs.  We are planning a fun little wine-geology-terroir related quiz during happy half-hour before the presentation. Wine and geology … what more could we want?

Finally, please save the date for the CSUF 12th annual spring research day! Once again, SCGS will support students presenting their hard work and research by attending, judging and awarding cash prizes for the “best in show” posters! This will be hosted via an online webinar on Friday, April 30th (time TBD).  Please reach out to me if you are interested in being a judge – looking at you, CSUF alumni!   

Keep on keeping on, friends! Let’s get through these next few months safely so we can get together again soon. I miss our meetings and can’t wait to see you all again soon. 


Lynne Yost
SCGS President