Mike Howard

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(501) 847-3823


B.S. in Geology, U of A Fayetteville, 1971
M.S. in Geology, U of A Fayetteville, 1974

Professional Experience

1974-1975 – Geologist with Materials & Tests Division, ARDoT
1975-2013 – Geologist/Geology Supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Survey
2013 – Retired


Background in mineralogy and igneous rock petrology
Recognized expert concerning the geology of the Magnet Cove intrusion, Hot Spring County, Arkansas
Potash Sulphur Springs intrusion of Garland County, Arkansas and vanadium mineralogy
Granite Mountain and Saline County intrusives, Pulaski and Saline County, Arkansas
Crater of Diamonds State Park (Prairie Creek diatreme)
Continued interest in both metallic and industrial minerals of Arkansas

Society Memberships

Past Secretary and Past President of the Friends of Mineralogy
Past member of the International Forum on Industrial Minerals
Honorary member of the Hot Springs Geology Club
Honorary member of the Spring River Geology Club
Member of the Central Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society
Member of the Fluorescent Mineral Society
Arkansas Registered Professional Geologist #009, retired in 2013


2022 – a vanadium mineral, new to science, named for him – Mikehowardite


Appointed to the Arkansas Geology Commission by Governor Asa Hutchinson January 2022