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ORED Announces New Idaho Geological Survey Director and State Geologist

September 23, 2019

Geologist Claudio Berti was recently named director and state geologist at the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS), a state agency that collects and shares data on geology, minerals, energy, hazards, land resources and water resources for Idaho's citizens. Berti reports to the University of Idaho's president through the Office of Research and Economic Development.

"We are delighted that our international search revealed such a strong candidate within the Idaho Geological Survey," said Bradley Ritts, U of I's associate vice president for research. "Claudio made an immediate impact in his short time at the IGS, and I have complete confidence in his ability to lead the organization in its continued strong service to the state."

In his new position, Berti will serve as the chief operating officer of IGS. He is responsible for working with the IGS advisory board to set the survey's course and direction; day-to-day operational management of the survey; and fostering relationships with relevant U of I departments, partner institutions, out-of-state universities and other geoscience-related agencies in the United States.

Berti was promoted to IGS director after being hired in January 2019 as the survey's digital mapping and geographic information systems lab manager, where he led a team that transferred a wide range of data collected from field geologists into printed and interactive maps freely available to the public.

"I'm very excited at the opportunity to lead the agency as director," said Berti. "Idaho's economy is tied to its resources in many ways, and it's important that we serve this state and its citizens in the best way we can. I look forward to building new relationships and collaboration with stakeholders."

Berti's career began in Italy, where he most notably served as survey geologist for the Italian Geologic Survey, as well as adjunct professor at the University of Chieti and consulting geologist with the Italian National Highway Agency.

Berti came to the United States in 2009 as a post-doc and adjunct professor of geology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where he later became director of field operations and the university's field camp program for students, as well as professor of practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. In addition to his seven years at Lehigh, he spent two years as an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware.

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