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Wayne Sutherland

Wayne Sutherland

Wayne Sutherland has worked more than 40 years as a geologist for private companies and government agencies in Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. His training and experiences include: gold and other metals, diamonds, gemstones and lapidary materials, coal, oil and gas, uranium, industrial minerals, mining claim evaluation, and federal mineral regulations. Wayne worked at the WSGS in the late 1980s and early 1990s, then as a contract geologist in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He became a permanent WSGS employee in 2005.

Wayne received his B.A. in geology in 1973 and his M.A. in geomorphology in 1976 from the University of Wyoming, Department of Geography, where his thesis addressed the geomorphic history of Wyoming’s Horsethief Cave. He worked briefly as Mine Geologist for Lucky Mac Uranium (later Pathfinder Mines Corporation) at their Big Eagle Mine south of Jeffrey City in the late 1970s. His career also included 12 years as a geologist for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and several years of private consulting. He earned a B.S. degree in secondary science education in 1991.

His work with the WSGS has included co-authoring articles and reports on kimberlites, metals, industrial minerals, gemstones, and rare earth elements. He has compiled nine 30’ x 60’ geologic maps and mapped or contributed to 10 7.5’ geologic quadrangles in Wyoming. Some of his most recent maps include 7.5’ geologic quadrangles for Mc Intosh Meadows (WSGS OFR 14-2) in the Granite Mountains and Albany (WSGS OFR 2018-1) in the Medicine Bow Mountains. His detailed investigations include Iron resources in Wyoming (WSGS RI-67) and a comprehensive report on rare earth elements in Wyoming (WSGS RI-71).

Wayne is an amateur radio operator (NQ7Q) and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities. He and his wife hiked the length of the Wind River Mountains in 1983. In 2003, they self-published a novel: Yellowstone Farewell ─ a geologically oriented fictional account of a major eruption of Yellowstone. Wayne also enjoys wood burning custom-made walking staffs and other items.