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John Minch, Ph.D., P.G.

john-minchJOHN MINCH, Ph.D., P.G.
Principal Geologist-Paleontologist


John A. Minch, Ph.D. is a geologist-paleontologist and a Principal of John Minch and Associates with over 30 years of experience in the environmental field. He has conducted and written several hundred EIR’s, remediation and resource studies involving geological, biological, archaeological and paleontological surveys in California since 1963. He is a Professional Geologist, State of California #3269, and a Certified Paleontologist. He is an expert in managing assessments, initial studies, mitigated negative declarations, and other studies related to federal, state, and county regulations. Dr. Minch is presently serving as project manager and principal investigator for a number of current paleontology studies, including impact analysis and EA/ES’s for major regional projects and local developments. Dr. Minch was the Principal in charge of the paleontological assessment [ES], in-construction studies, and mitigation of encountered paleontological resources for nearly 3000 miles of Fiber optic installation on two major projects. He has completed EA/ES projects which include Paleontological elements for the Whispering Hills EIR, San Juan Capistrano; Sunshine Canyon Landfill, Los Angeles City Expansion EIR, Sylmar; Desert Hot Springs General Plan EIR, and numerous others.


  • Ph.D, Paleontology and Biostratigraphy, University of California, Riverside, 1972
  • M.S, Paleontology and Geology, San Diego State University, 1966

Professional Experience and Accomplishments

1976-Present Principal JMA
Geological Consultant and President Management of corporation which specializes in the Preparation of Environmental resource segments (geology, hydrology, seismicity, paleontology, biology, archaeology, historical) of EIR Reports, site investigations, site monitoring of grading operations, seismicity studies and faultline delineation, hydrology, mining evaluation and deveopment, coastal processes, Phase 1 and 2 evaluations.

1972-1993 Professor of Geology Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
Main duties included Instruction in Earth Science, Physical, Historical, Mineralogy, Environmental, Geology and Seismicity of California, Geology Field Studies

Professional Affiliations

• American Assoc. Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Honorary Life Member
• Peninsular Geological Society (Mexico – Honorary Life Member)
• Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP – Corporate Member)