MiraCosta College Speaker's Bureau

John Turbeville


  • B.S., San Diego State University
  • M.S., Louisiana State University, New Orleans 


  • The Geology of Calavera Hills
  • The Activity of the Rose Canyon Fault in San Diego
  • Job Opportunities in the Earth Sciences
  • Surf Forecasting for San Diego County

Short Summary

  • Previously served as groundwater geologist for Kleinfelder, Inc., San Diego
  • Petroleum geologist, Conoco Inc., New Orleans, LA
  • International experience as petroleum geologist in Ireland, Sicily, Indonesia, Congo and Egypt for Conoco Inc.
  • Well-site geologist for petroleum drilling prospects in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma


Professor of Geology and Oceanography at MiraCosta College for the past 22 years, John Turberville has served as faculty and Department Chair for the Physical Sciences. His undergraduate was completed at SDSU and graduate work at the University of New Orleans.
Before coming to the college he worked for 14 years as a Petroleum Geologist/Geophysicist in the Rocky Mountains and the Gulf Coast regions, and overseas in Africa, Indonesia, and Europe, 3 years as a Hydrogeologist in San Diego County as well as a Registered (Professional) Geologist in the State of California.

For those who know him, he's interested in lots of different things. He used to raise and train service dogs and he likes to surf, do BJJ, and play music.

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