Karri R. Sicard

Karri R. Sicard

Structural geology, geologic mapping, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry

  • Position:

    Geologist, Mineral Resources
  • Address:

    3354 College Road Fairbanks, AK 99709-3707
  • Phone:

    (907)451-5040
  • Fax:

    (907)451-5050
  • Email:

    karri.sicard@alaska.gov

Education and/or Training

M.S. 2012, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY: Department of Geology and Geophysics (Geology)
B.A. 2007, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (Geology with Distinction)

Projects and/or Research Interests

I am primarily a field geologist with experience mapping in a variety of locations, and a special affinity for metamorphic rocks, deep structural levels, and brittle and ductile faults. My background includes structural geology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, and tectonic evolution of metamorphic core complexes through thermobarometry, pluton geochemistry, and deformation analyses. I have applied this experience and knowledge to the many complex questions in Alaska. My research in Alaska has focused on mapping areas with mineral resource potential. I serve as the project manager for the Styx River Project in the Western Alaska Range, and the Tok River Project in the Eastern Alaska Range. As a member of the mineral resources section within the State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS), I have worked on other projects in the Talkeetna Mountains, the Salcha River/Richardson area, and the Yukon-Tanana uplands in the Tanacross Quadrangle. We focus on mineral deposits throughout the state while expanding the bedrock maps and geologic knowledge of these areas.

Professional Experience

2013-present, Geologist, State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2012, Research Intern, United States Geological Survey (USGS), Montpelier, VT
2011, Research Intern, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK
2009-2012, Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
2007-2009, Paraprofessional/Teaching Assistant Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Selected Professional Activities

2014-2018, Board of Directors, Alaska Geological Society
2013-2015, WAAIME Scholarship Committee, Society of Mining and Engineering
2015, Session Chair-Stratigraphy, Tectonics, and Metallogeny of Wrangellia (Geological Society of America)
2015, Instructor, OLLI Class: Geology and Mapping, Fairbanks, AK

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 2016-2017, Outstanding Service as Director, Alaska Geological Society
2010-2012, Anne Kirtland Selden Lowe Geology Scholarship, University of Wyoming
2012, Association of Women Geologists, Outstanding Graduate Student Award
2009-2011, U.S. Geological Survey, EdMap Grant
2010, Geological Society of America Research Grant
2010, Colorado Scientific Society Research Grant
2010, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Stone-Hollberg Scholarship
2006-2007, Colorado College, Service Leadership Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Sicard, K.R., Naibert, T.J., Hubbard, T.D., Twelker, Evan, Wypych, Alicja, Werdon, M.B., Willingham, A.L., Gillis, R.J., Lande, L.L., and Newberry, R.J., 2017, Geologic map of the Tok River area, Tanacross A-5 and A-6 quadrangles, eastern Alaska Range, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2017-3, 15 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360. http://doi.org/10.14509/29722
  • Benowitz, J.A., Sicard, K.R., Naibert, T.J., and Layer, P.W., 2017, 40Ar/39Ar data from the Tok River area, Tanacross A-5 and A-6 quadrangles and adjoining areas, eastern Alaska Range: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2017-5, 26 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29727
  • Todd, Erin, Kylander-Clark, Andrew, Wypych, Alicja, Twelker, Evan, and Sicard, K.R., 2017, U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope, age, and trace-element data from zircons at four sites in the western Alaska Range and Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2017-2, 7 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29717
  • Wypych, Alicja, Sicard, K.R., Gillis, R.J., Lande, L.L., Naibert, T.J., Newberry, R.J., Twelker, Evan, Werdon, M.B., and Willingham, A.L., 2016, Major-oxide and trace-element geochemical data from rocks collected in the Tok River area, Tanacross A-5 and A-6 quadrangles, Alaska in 2016: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2016-9, 3 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29685
  • Twelker, Evan, Freeman, L.K., Sicard, K.R., and Busk, A.C., 2016, Preliminary report on mineral occurrences in the Tok River area, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2016-2, 7 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29605
  • Wypych, Alicja, Sicard, K.R., Twelker, Evan, Freeman, L.K., Lande, Lauren, and Reioux, D.A., 2015, Major-oxide and trace-element geochemical data from rocks collected in 2015 in the Tok area, Tanacross A-5, A-6, and parts of adjacent quadrangles, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2015-15 v. 1.1, 3 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29517
  • Twelker, Evan, Hubbard, T.D., Wypych, Alicja, Sicard, K.R., Newberry, R.J., Reioux, D.A., Freeman, L.K., and Lande, L.L., 2015, Geologic map of the Talkeetna Mountains C-4 Quadrangle and adjoining areas, central Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2015-6, 16 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:50,000. http://doi.org/10.14509/29470
  • Benowitz, J.A., Layer, P.W., and Sicard, K.R., 2014, 40Ar/39Ar data, Styx River map area, Lime Hills C-1 Quadrangle, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2014-21 v. 1.0.1, 13 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29134
  • Sicard, K.R., Wypych, Alicja, Twelker, Evan, Bachmann, E.N., Freeman, L.K., Newberry, R.J., Reioux, D.A., Tuzzolino, A.L., and Wright, T.C., 2014, Major-oxide, minor-oxide, and trace-element geochemical data from rocks in the Styx River area, Lime Hills C-1 Quadrangle, Lime Hills, McGrath, Talkeetna, and Tyonek quadrangles, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Raw Data File 2014-6, 4 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/27289
  • Koehler, R.D., Reger, R.D., Sicard, K.R., and Spangler, E.R., 2013, Yukon River bridge landslide: Preliminary geologic and geotechnical evaluation: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys Preliminary Interpretive Report 2013-6, 69 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/25642

Selected Presentations

  • Sicard, K.R., Twelker, Evan, Freeman, L.K., Wypych, Alicja, Newberry, R.J., Benowitz, J.A., and Kass, M.A., 2014, Cretaceous to Tertiary magmatism and associated mineralization in the Lime Hills C-1 Quadrangle, western Alaska Range (presentation): Alaska Miners Association Annual Conference, November 3-9, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 25 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/29163
  • Sicard, K.R., Wypych, Alicja, Twelker, Evan, Freeman, L.K., Bachmann, E.N., Reioux, D.A., Tuzzolino, A.L., and Wright, T.C., 2014, Geochemistry and petrology of igneous rocks from the Styx River map area (presentation): Alaska Miners Association 24th Biennial Mining Conference, April 7-14, 2014, Fairbanks, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 36 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/27312
  • Sicard, K.R., Twelker, Evan, Freeman, L.K., Bachmann, E.N., Reioux, D.A., Tuzzolino, A.L., Wright, T.C., Newberry, R.J., Burns, L.E., and Werdon, M.B., 2013, Geologic mapping in the Styx River area, Lime Hills C-1 Quadrangle, western Alaska Range (presentation): Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention, Anchorage, Alaska, November 4-10, 2013: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 25 p. http://doi.org/10.14509/26803