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2019 GSA Northeastern Section

54th Annual Meeting

Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay
17–19 March 2019 • Portland, Maine

Chair: Steve Pollock,


The 54th Annual Meeting of GSA’s Northeastern Section will take place in Portland, Maine, USA, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay, in downtown Portland. Portland is a welcoming city. Cultural sites and varied dining opportunities are within a short walk of the conference center. Portland is easily accessed by car via Interstate 95 and Interstate 295, by train via Amtrak’s Downeaster, by air via Portland’s Jetport (PWM), and by bus. We have developed a technical program that covers a diverse set of geologic topics and processes, including applied geology; education; northeastern tectonics; Quaternary geology and climate; coastal, groundwater, and river processes; geological hazards; and magmatism, metamorphism, and structural geology.

Francis Marion Hotel lobby
Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring St.
Portland, Maine 04101, USA


Hotel registration deadline: 28 Feb. 2019

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101, USA. The meeting rate is US$150 per night plus tax. Reservations should be made by calling the Holiday Inn at +1-800-345-5050 (toll free) or +1-207-775-2311 (local). Please be sure to mention that you are attending the GSA meeting.

The Holiday Inn By The Bay is ADA compliant. Persons needing services related to ADA should contact Stephen Pollock, or Sally Page at the Holiday Inn By the Bay at +1-800-345-5050 (toll free) or +1-207-775-2311 (local).

A block of rooms has also been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott, 321 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA. The meeting rate is US$150 per night plus tax. Reservations should be made by calling the Courtyard Marriott +1-855-308-7370 (toll free). Please be sure to use the group code of NEGSA19.


Northeastern Section Kenneth N. Weaver Student Travel Grant

Application Deadline: 11 Feb. 2019, 11:59 PM MST

Eligibility guidelines: Northeastern Section


The GSA Foundation has funds available for student travel grants. The money, when combined with funds from the Sections, is used to assist both undergraduate and graduate student members of GSA. You must be registered for the meeting BEFORE you can apply. For more information, contact the section secretary, David P. West ().

The Northeast Urban Travel Award

The Northeast Urban Travel Award provides generous funding to students who work full-time or care for dependents. Apply before Friday, 22 February 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Questions: email Tahlia Bear ().

 View grant information and application details (PDF).



We are grateful to those groups recognized below for their generous support!


Poland Spring


S.W. Cole Engineering Inc.
Maine Mineral Museum
University of Pennsylvania


University of Maine
Kathadin Analytical Services
Maine Geological Survey
Gneiss Brewing


Drumlin Environmental
Geological Society of Maine
Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society


General Chair:
Stephen Pollock,

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Robert G. Marvinney,
Amber H. Whittaker,

Field Trip Chair:
Myles Felch,

Exhibits Chair:
Irwin Novak,

Sponsorships Chair:
Clifford Lippitt,

Student Volunteers:
David Gibson,

Short Courses and Workshops:
Martin Yates,

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Abstracts Due:
11 December

Early Registration Ends:
11 February

Hotel Deadline:
19 February

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Iceland Field Trip

July 3-14, 2019

The Formation and Evolution of a Young, Dynamic, Volcanic Island

In conjunction and sponsored by the 2019 NE Section meeting.
Principal organizer: Brennan Jordan, University of South Dakota

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Meeting Flyer

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