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A Collaboration of the Salisbury Association Land Trust and the Scoville Memorial Library

Presented by G. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs, Geologist and Conservationist

Since its creation 4.5 billion years ago, the earth has experienced constant change. Geologic change, however, takes time – usually tens of thousands of years, if not hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Human civilization has made, and continues to make, profound changes to the earth, both to the benefit and the detriment of mankind and all other inhabitants of earth’s biosphere. Life forms have adapted to geological change through natural evolution, or have become extinct. With the exception of several cataclysmic events, the rate of global change occurring today has not previously occurred in geologic history. What will the future bring? Geologist Skip Hobbs will discuss how the earth’s biosphere is transforming; the importance of sustainability in natural resource extraction; climate change and the human factor; and what we can and must do as responsible citizens to deal with and mitigate these changes.


G. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs is a geologist and founder and Managing Partner of Ammonite Resources, a firm of international petroleum, mining and geothermal technical and business consultants  headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut. Hobbs holds a B.Sc. Degree in Geology from Yale College and a M.Sc. Degree in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London.  He has served as an elected officer
of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and  Executive Committee of the American Geological Institute. Hobbs was a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., from 2009-2012, where he served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Energy and the Environment. In 2016 he was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.  Hobbs writes and lectures frequently on energy economics and energy policy, and on environmental issues. When not working on matters of geoscience, Skip manages a family farm in Massachusetts that produces organically grown vegetables, honey, maple syrup, grass-fed beef, and timber.