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Carey Bridges, Director, Missouri Geological Survey

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 31, 2022 - Carey Bridges of Jefferson City will become the new state geologist and director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Missouri Geological Survey Nov. 15. A registered geologist, Bridges brings more than 23 years of geoscience experience to the leadership position.

“I’m honored to serve Missourians as the new state geologist,” said Bridges. “I look forward to leading the dedicated team members at the Missouri Geological Survey and helping Missouri communities thrive by providing the best scientific data to protect our natural resources and ensure the safety and economic wellbeing of Missouri citizens.“

“I am thrilled that Carey has accepted the position of the director of the Geological Survey,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “I look forward to her fresh perspective and new ideas. She has a wealth of experience, and understanding Missouri’s geology is essential to a safe and prosperous state.”

Missouri’s rivers and unique geology provides beautiful landscapes and wondrous caves to explore, but can present challenges for many communities. As the state’s experts in geology and geosciences, the Missouri Geological Survey oversees the state’s mineral production and develops maps, reports and data to help the state manage its natural resources, protect subsurface water and prepare for hazards and natural disasters.

Bridges fills the position vacated by former state geologist and Missouri Geological Survey Director Joe Gillman, who recently retired after serving 14 years in the role. Jerry Prewett will remain as deputy division director.

The Missouri Geological Survey is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. For more information about the survey, visit

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