Meet the Authors Events at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show

This year, the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show will host “Meet the Authors” events throughout the weekend event, October 9-11, 2015, at the Washington County Fairplex.

We are fortunate this year to have Marli Miller speaking about her book “Roadside Geology of Oregon” at the Portland Regional show in Hillsboro, Oregon on Friday and Saturday.

Marli Miller is a senior instructor and researcher in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Oregon, where she’s been since 1997. Most recently, she completed a complete rewrite of the book Road-side Geology of Oregon (Published by Mountain Press in Missoula), which provided the inspiration for her presentation. Her primary interests lie in in the fields of regional and structural geology. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in geology at the University of Washington in 1987 and 1992 respectively and a B.A. in geology at Colorado College in 1982. As a photographer, she concentrates on geological images, and contributes regularly to textbooks, museum exhibits, journals, and teaching collections of other instructors. Her website offers free downloads of more than 2000 images for non-commercial use. Marli is scheduled to speak Friday and Saturday of the show.

Julian Gray will speak about his book “Minerals of Georgia” at the Portland Regional show in Hillsboro, Oregon on Sunday at 3:00 pm. He is the executive director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, in Hillsboro, Oregon and the former curator of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. A Georgia native, Julian studied at Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology. Julian has worked with the United States Geological Survey and a number of commercial laboratories and environmental consulting firms.

Julian is a skilled photographer specializing in macro photography and photomicrography. He co-authored the chapters related to Georgia mineral localities for the book American Mineral Treasures. He has shared his extensive knowledge and experience with others using his photography and through many lectures, symposia, and articles. Julian’s newest book “Minerals of Georgia scheduled for release in 2016. Julian is scheduled to speak Sunday at 3:00pm.

The following is a list of the authors and their scheduled speaking times at the event.

Friday Show hours 10-6pm, October 9

  • 12:00 John Marshall – Wonderful Agate Varieties
  • 1:00 Lars Johnson – Rockhounding Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites
  • 2:00 Marli B. Miller – Roadside Geology of Oregon

Saturday Show hours 10-6pm, October 10

  • 12:00 John Marshall – Wonderful Agate Varieties
  • 1:00 Lars Johnson – Rockhounding Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites
  • 2:00 Marli B. Miller – Roadside Geology of Oregon
  • 5:00 Awards Presentation – Awards for Competitive and Non-Competitive Exhibits

Sunday Show Hours 10-5pm, October 11

  • 1:00 John Marshall – Wonderful Agate Varieties
  • 2:00 Lars Johnson – Rockhounding Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites
  • 3:00 Julian Gray – Minerals of Wisconsin
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