Dr. Karl Muessig retired as the New Jersey State Geologist and Director of the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey in 2015, positions appointed by the Governor, and is now the State Geologist Emeritus. He received his Ph.D. degree in geology from Princeton University in 1979 and currently holds the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor. Karl's doctoral dissertation was a regional sedimentologic, structural, and petrologic study of petroleum basins in northwestern Venezuela. He also has a broad background in economic, environmental, petroleum, sedimentary, and structural geology, tectonics, and hydrology. In addition to his 30 years with the NJ Geological Survey, Karl has extensive experience working for the petroleum industry, both in research labs and field mapping. He also served on several committees of the Association of American State Geologists and on licensing boards for site remediation professionals and for well drillers.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Environmental Geology

Selected Publication Titles and Sources

  • New Jersey's cooperative study of offshore sand resources in federal waters for beach replenishment. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.
  • Distribution of heavy minerals and gravel in sediments of the New Jersey shelf as determined from grab and vibracore samples. Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Studies Related to Continental Margins.
  • Structure and Cenozoic tectonics of the Falcon Basin, Venezuela and Adjacent Areas. Geological Society of America Memoir 162.