The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

Welcome to the EFMLS President’s Page

EFMLS President, David Nock
About David…

David spent his formative years in Appalachia (the son of geologist) where he grew up with a fondness and appreciation of the natural environment.  He was born in Houston, TX when his father was working for Big Oil, then moved to a coal region in Western Maryland and later earned a degree in Environmental Analysis & Planning from Frostburg State University.  He originally wanted to be a geologist like his Dad.  In early adulthood, David spent 10 years working for NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey running GPS Networks throughout the continental U.S.  And also rockhounded here and there along the way.  After seeing the country (most all of it) his goal was to settle in the Pacific Northwest.  After 10 years in Bellingham, WA, life took him to the Shoreline area of Connecticut at the time of the Great Recession.  Since arriving in New England, David has worked at Yale University in the School of Public Health (Global Health) and the Yale School of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) since 2009.  This is also when his path to move the Rockhounding Community forward took shape.  For most of the past 10 years, David has served as an advocate for our shared recreation in organizational settings.  If you ask him about what he’s done to drive our industry forwarded, he’ll likely say that he’s just getting started.

Ammolite is David’s mineral fave (pictured above).  Which he’ll explain is the best of both worlds, the perfect specimen that combines mineral and fossil.

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