GSA Joint Section Meeting

Rocky Mountain (70th Annual Meeting)
Cordilleran (114th Annual Meeting)

15–17 May | Flagstaff, Arizona
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

Monday, 14 May

Morning Courses

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1. Digital Geology Teaching Tools.
Room 223, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$10.
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College; Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison Univ.
This course will introduce participants to plate-tectonic reconstructions, digital planets, the fold analysis challenge, EarthQuiz, “Reasons for the Seasons, A Grand Tour of the Ocean Basins,” and virtual samples and outcrops (construction, access, and utilization in virtual field experiences) via GigaPan and 3D models. Participants should bring their laptops or other digital devices to the workshop. Participant support is available (full meeting registration and travel) to enrolled participants through a National Science Foundation GEODE grant.
2. Prospective UAV Users for Geologic Purposes.
Room 109, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$10.
Arthur G. Sylvester, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.
Brief presentation of examples of what people are doing with drones in geology. An overview of what products are available, FAA regulations, and a flight demonstration.

Afternoon Courses

1 - 4:30 p.m.

3. Digital Field Methods for Sed/Strat and Structural Geology: Use of Tablet-Based Apps for Mapping and Measurements in Undergraduate Courses.
Room 223, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$10.
Lawrence Malinconico, Lafayette College; Lisa Skinner, Northern Arizona University.
This course will explore the use of tablet applications for digital field mapping. We will demo and test numerous applications. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorite geologic field apps and experiences with the group.
4. UAV Geologic Applications.
Room 109, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$10.
Arthur G. Sylvester, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.
This will be a “hands on” laboratory by 3–4 people demonstrating use of software applications for map making, photogrammetry, sampling, LiDAR.

Full Day Course

5. Assessing Contaminant Sources and Aquifer Continuity in Soil/Groundwater Using Stable Isotopes of Strontium (Sr) and Lead (Pb).
8 am – 5 pm
Room 111, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$20.
Richard W. Hurst, California Lutheran Univ.
Soil/groundwater contamination, tracing groundwater flow, and evaluating aquifer continuity are important issues in western soil/watershed management. Stable Sr/Pb isotopes are effective in identifying contaminant contributions from petroleum, mining, agricultural, and other sources. This course covers fundamental concepts of Sr/Pb isotopes followed by specific case studies that exemplify their application in the western U.S.

Friday, 18 May

Full Day Course

6. Collecting Geological Field Data Using the StraboSpot Data System.
8 am – 5 pm
Room 109, Geology Bldg. Friar Hall NAU. Cost: US$20.
Doug Walker, Univ. of Kansas; Emily Bunse, Univ. of Kansas; Basil Tikoff, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison.
The StraboSpot Data System ( is designed for data collection in the field and their integration with laboratory measurements. The workshop will help new users to design and build StraboSpot projects for both research and teaching. Participants may (optional) bring a smartphone, tablet (iOS/Android), or GIS-enabled GIS.
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20 February
Abstracts Submission

9 April
Early Registration

26 April