Title: Earth Scientist
Company: Kinney County Groundwater Conservation District
Location: Brackettville, Texas, United States
Joseph Goebel, Geologist and Pedologist for the Kinney County Groundwater Conservation District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of Earth Science.
An accomplished scientist, Dr. Goebel has found immense success in his field, specializing in geology and pedology. Dr. Goebel’s professional commitment was to help others be good stewards of the land’s resources, often in soils and geology, through inventories and surveys. These included Texas, Minnesota, Mozambique, Djibouti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Costa Rica, Portugal, Guinea Bisseau, Botswana and Ethiopia, which he conducted on contract with the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the Minnesota Geological Survey. He taught 13 distinct classes in the earth sciences at Indiana State University Evansville, and the University of Mozambique. He has volunteered for public service as a clerk in the US Army Medical Corps, Chaplain for The Texas State Guard, the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, as the hydro-geologist for the Kinney County Groundwater Conservation District, Texas, and as an Ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
Possessing a deep understanding of the natural world, Dr. Goebel strives to help feed the world by providing the basic information essential to using the land we live on wisely. The surveys he has done and work he has undertaken contribute to greater knowledge of the natural world, helping people make decisions regarding land usage. By studying soils and landscapes in sedimentary and igneous environments in hot and cold, dry and wet, old and young settings, he has gained a mature understanding of the complexities of the land. Currently, Dr. Goebel is focusing on contributing to larger databases that host detailed information about the land. This describing, inventorying, interpreting and mapping the land will undoubtedly promote interface between specialties, allowing an integration of specialized fields. Like the land he explores, this pursuit is largely uncharted territory. Dr. Goebel will tread the land less travelled on, paving the way for future earth scientists to learn and love the natural world. Due to his dedication to his work, the professionals in fields such as soils, engineering, agriculture and geology, among others, will be able to be more specific and accurate in their recommendations for properly using and maintaining the land and its resources.
Dr. Goebel became involved in his profession when he was 14 years old, helping a soil conservationist lay out contour strips on their family farm. He spent five years working for the Soil Conservation Service, travelling around the world and throughout the United States with his wife Elizabeth Turning. They appreciated every moment and never regretted a second of their adventures. A highlight of his career involves the intensity of completing the Quaternary Geological Map of Minnesota and he considers this chapter of his life to be the most intense and outstanding, using his work as the basis of his doctoral dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy degree he earned from Texas Tech University in 1978. He is a registered professional geologist with the state of Indiana and a certified teacher for the state Texas who holds membership with organizations such as the American Association of Professional Geologists, the Soil Science Society of America and the Association de Mineros y Geologos de Mexico, among others. In recognition of his great success, Dr. Goebel has been presented the coveted Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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