Marlon Cook, Director
Mr. Cook is the Manager of the Hydrogeology Group at the Geological Survey of Alabama.
Mr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a Master of Science in Geology (specializing in hydrogeology) from the University of Alabama.
He worked for 8 years as an Exploration Geophysicist in oil and gas exploration in East Texas, North Louisiana State Line Trend, Mississippi Smackover Shelf, and Southwest Alabama including Mobile Bay Miocene and Norphlet. He was located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jackson Mississippi, and Houston, Texas.
He has worked for 23 years as a hydrogeologist with the Geological Survey of Alabama where he is involved in research to protect and develop the groundwater and surface-water resources of Alabama. This work includes aquifer assessments, hydrostratigraphic and geochemical analyses, watershed investigations including nonpoint source pollution, flood and sedimentation assessments, and public water supply assessments.
Amye S. Hinson, Environmental Scientist
Amye grew up in Coker, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. She is a licensed Engineer Intern.
Prior to joining the Geological Survey of Alabama, Amye worked for over 7 years as a consultant for a local environmental engineering firm, in addition to working in Ocala, Florida for a civil engineering firm, providing design work for water and wastewater treatment plants. She also worked as a seasonal wildlife technician in Montana.
Her past experience includes performing soil and water site investigations, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, hazardous waste mitigation, air emissions calculations, and landfill design and monitoring. Her civil design work includes residential site design, wastewater treatment facility design, sanitary sewer design, and water treatment. Her work at the GSA includes groundwater assessments, website development, and other research projects.
Steve Jennings, Geologist
A graduate of public schools in Pensacola, Florida, Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Science degree in geology and geological engineering from the University of Mississippi.
He was employed as a petroleum exploration geologist in the southeastern U.S. from 1975 to 1986. In 1987 he made a career shift to hydrogeology, working first for the State of Mississippi and more recently for the Geological Survey of Alabama, where he conducts groundwater and surface-water investigations, hydrogeological assessments, and other research.
Neil Moss, Geologist
Neil grew up in Kenmore, New York, and received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Orleans and his Master of Science in Geology from the University of Alabama.
Prior to his 18 years with the Geological Survey of Alabama, he worked 3 years with P.E. LaMoreaux and Associates in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Mac McKinney, Geologist
Mac grew up in Greensboro, Alabama, and received his Bachelor of Science in Geology (BSG) from the University of Alabama.
He joined the Survey staff in 2009 working first with the Energy Investigations Program and later the Groundwater Assessment Program. Prior to joining GSA, he worked at ADEM for 2 years.
Arthur McLin, Scientific Aide
Arthur McLin began working for the Geological Survey of Alabama in 1976. In 1977 he started work with the U.S. Geological Survey where he learned water-sampling techniques, stream gaging and other hydrologic field skills. In 1983 he returned to the Alabama Survey stayed until his retirement in 2007. Arthur currently works on a part-time basis maintaining and operating the GSA's continuous monitoring wells.
Ralph Norman, Geologist
Ralph is from Greenville, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 2011. Ralph was a student intern at the Survey while in college. After graduating he worked for a consulting firm in Birmingham, Alabama for almost 2 years before joining the GSA in December 2013.
Gheorghe Ponta, Geologist
Gheorghe Ponta is originally from Romania. He earned a Geology degree from the University of Bucharest, Romania. After graduating, he worked at the Geological and Geophysical Prospecting Company Bucharest, Romania, and Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Bucharest, Romania, for ten years.
Between 1993 and 2014, Gheorghe Ponta worked with P. E. LaMoreaux and Associates (PELA) in geologic and environmental consulting. Mr. Ponta has served as project manager at PELA for ground-water investigations and water supply studies. He has provided specialized support for environmental investigations in karst terrain in United States, Romania, Honduras, and Thailand. Recently he joined the Geological Survey of Alabama working in the Groundwater Assessment Program.
Michael Smith, Geologist
Michael is a Tuscaloosa County native who grew up in Northport, Alabama, and in the small community of Deerlick Creek. He spent most of his free time exploring nature and developing an appreciation for the state's beautiful forests, streams, and wildlife.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alabama in 2001 and his Associates of Science degree in Drafting Technology from Shelton State Community College in 1996. After meeting all ASBOG work and experience requirements, Michael completed the ASBOG examination and became a Licensed Professional Geologist in 2009.
Prior to joining the Geological Survey of Alabama, Michael worked for over 7 years as an environmental consultant for a local civil engineering company, where he performed environmental assessments, investigations, and developed Best Management Practices Plans for large scale construction projects, industrial facilities, and coal bed methane facilities.
As a full time geologist for the GSA, Michael spends his time assisting Mr. Cook and his fellow GSA team members on various groundwater and surface-water research projects, aquifer assessments, watershed investigations, and other research.
Bob Meintzer, Chief Geochemist
Bob Meintzer grew up in Maryland and Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Geology from the University of Virginia before being commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Bob served in the Navy for 11 years before returning to the University of Virginia to earn a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in Geological Sciences, where he conducted research on the petrology and geochemistry of pegmatitic granites in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
He joined the Geological Survey of Alabama in 1990 as a geologist in the Mineral Resources Division and subsequently became Chief Geochemist in charge of the Geochemical Analyses Section. In addition to overseeing the Geochemical Analyses Section, Bob also serves as Facilities Manager for the Survey/Oil & Gas Board and has served as President on the Board of Directors for Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education.
Mirza Beg, Chemist
Mirza Beg was raised and educated in India. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Aligarh University and a Master's degree from Roorkee University in Uttarakhand, India. He taught at Roorkee University in Uttarakhand for 6 years prior to coming the United States and joining the Geological Survey of Alabama in 1975.
Mirza's work at the Survey has been broad in scope. He currently works in the Geochemical Analyses Section performing analyses on water and rocks.
Rick Wagner, Chemist
Rick Wagner was raised in a small town in central Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982. He worked as an Analytical Chemist and Laboratory Manager in the chemical industry for over 25 years both in Houston, Texas and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He joined the Geological Survey of Alabama as a Chemist in 2011 and works in the Geochemical Analysis Section analyzing water and sediment samples.