2019 GSA Southeastern Section

68th Annual Meeting

28–29 March | Charleston, South Carolina



Scott Harris,
Katie Luciano,



Deadline: 8 June

We are excited to announce that the 2019 Southeastern GSA meeting will be held in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, recently named America’s Best City for 2017. The Organizing Committee is now seeking proposals for Technical Sessions, Field Trips, Workshops, and Short Courses for the 28–29 March 2019 meeting.

Proposal submissions must include:

  • Title of session/workshop/field trip
  • Principal organizer (name, affiliation and email)
  • Co-organizers (names, affiliations and email), if applicable
  • Identification of proposal as theme session, technical session, field trip, short course or workshop
  • Preference for format (oral or poster), if applicable
  • Short description (50 words or fewer)
  • Submissions can be submitted via Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/9eOhpBXQI5ydHXt62

Proposals submissions can also be e-mailed to co-chairs Scott Harris or Katie Luciano

Thank you for your ideas, we look forward to seeing you in Charleston in 2019!


General Co-chairs:
M. Scott Harris,
Katie Luciano,

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Erin Beutel,
Chris Hein,

Field Trip Co-Chairs:
John Chadwick,
Steve Jaume,

Sponsorships Chair:
Amber Onufer,

Exhibits Chair:
Blair Tormey,

Adem Ali,

Student Volunteer Chair:
Cyndi Hall,


Technical Sessions

A window into regional deformation and sedimentation through geo-, thermo-, and petrochronology
This session provides a broad forum for the presentation and discussion of tectonic themed research focused on crustal deformation and sedimentation across spatial and temporal scales using applied geochronology, thermochronology, and/or petrochronology.
David L. Barbeau, Jr. School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of South Carolina; Alex Pullen, Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Clemson University; Andrew L. Leier, School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of South Carolina
Limnogeology: Sedimentary records from modern and ancient lakes
This session will focus on research that uses the sediments of lakes, wetlands, and other inland waters to reconstruct diverse aspects of natural history, including environmental and climatic change, paleoecology, surface processes, natural hazards, and tectonics.
Michael McGlue, University of Kentucky; Eva Lyon, University of Kentucky
Recent advances and new approaches in the study of faults and shear zones in orogenic systems
We seek abstracts that apply innovative techniques to the study of faults, shear zones, or terrane boundaries and/or reevaluate these structures to provide new insights into deformation and orogenic processes in the southern Appalachians and beyond.
Jackie Langille, University of North Carolina Asheville; Timothy Diedesch, Georgia Southern University
Hydrological Processes and Problems Across the Southeastern US
This session seeks to bring together research conducted in hydrologic and/or hydrogeomorphic processes within the varied landscapes of the southeast. We hope to learn about problems and processes in our region but also in landscapes different from our own that will foster unique approaches to addressing new and old questions alike.
JP Gannon, Western Carolina University; Mark Lord, WCU
Past and Future Coastal Evolution in Response to Sea-level Changes and Storm Impacts
This session asks the questions: (1) How have coastal systems responded to changes in sea-level and storms historically and how can we expect them to change in the future? And, (2) Can we link past events to future morphologic and geologic changes?
Michael Fenster, Randolph-Macon College; Duncan FitzGerald, Boston University
Urban and coastal water issues
Rapid land-use change, extreme weather events, and resulting increased runoff and coastal flooding stress water systems in the heavily populated coastal regions of the southeastern US. We invite researchers, practitioners, and planners, who are actively engaged in this discipline, to share their perspectives about problems, approaches, and/or strategies for resilience.
Vijay M Vulava, College of Charleston; Barbara Beckingham, College of Charleston; Timothy Callahan, College of Charleston; Rick DeVoe, SC Sea Grant Consortium
Innovations in Earth Science Education
This session highlights innovative teaching practices among educators, both in the K–12 and higher education arenas. Participants share presentations designed to showcase outstanding teaching and new pedagogical approaches in teaching earth science concepts.
Cynthia Hall, College of Charleston; Rodney Moore, Charleston County School District Science Coordinator; Gina Boyd, Berkeley County School District Science Coordinator
The geological science of stormwater
Stormwater management is frequently addressed by regulators, construction supervisors, design engineers, politicians, and attorneys; however, it is (or at least should be) based on objective sedimentological and hydrological science. This session allows geological researchers and practitioners to highlight their work related to this important environmental issue. Inquiries being made. Open to suggestions.
James J. Connors, Ph.D., P.G. James J. Connors & Associates, LLC
Climate Change and Geologic Hazards in the Caribbean: Past, Present, and Future
The islands of the Caribbean are on the front lines of climate change, and experience significant pressures from a wide variety of geologic hazards. This session welcomes abstracts that investigate climate change and geologic hazards in the Caribbean, including, but not limited to: sea-level rise, hurricanes, ocean acidification, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanism.
Blair Tormey, Western Caolina University; Kelly Best Lazar, Clemson University; Katie McDowell Peek, Western Carolina University
Offshore Research on the Mid- and South-Atlantic Continental Shelf
The Atlantic continental shelf is being evaluated for activities including wind energy siting, mineral extraction, and habitat mapping. This session invites presentations that will encourage the exchange of ideas regarding offshore mapping, resource evaluation techniques, and efforts to assess extent, provenance, and processes affecting sand and mineral resources offshore of the Atlantic US coast.
Katie Luciano, South Carolina Geological Survey; William Lassetter, DMME-DGMR,; D. Reide Corbett, East Carolina University,; Clark Alexander, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (clark.alexander@skio.uga.edu); David Mallinson, East Carolina University; Scott Howard, South Carolina Geological Survey; Scott Harris, College of Charleston
Undergraduate Research Posters
This poster session is designed to showcase undergraduate research efforts. The session is open to students working in all areas of the geosciences. All submissions should include a faculty mentor as co-author.
Lee Phillips University of North Carolina at Greensboro plphilli@uncg.edu; Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Marine Vertebrate Paleontology of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains
The coastal plains of the Atlantic and gulf coasts of North America are blanketed by Cretaceous-Pleistocene marine deposits. These deposits have produced vertebrate assemblages chronicling 90+ million years of faunal change in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, including the K/Pg extinction and evolution of modern whales.
Robert W. Boessenecker, College of Charleston; Rachel A. Racicot, Claremont College; Sarah J. Boessenecker, College of Charleston; Matthew L. Gibson, Charleston Museum; N. Adam Smith, Clemson University
Sedimentary systems of the post-Alleghanian eastern US Atlantic margin: implications for geologic evolution, resource potential, and carbon sequestration
Sediments and strata of the Atlantic coastal plain, shelf, and slope archive the post-Alleghanian geologic history of the eastern U.S. passive margin. We solicit research that investigates the source-to-sink evolution of the margin and resulting implications for potential resource exploration and carbon sequestration, using mapping, sedimentology, geophysics, geochronology, or modeling.
Andrew Parent, Virginia Tech, amparent@vt.edu; Cody Mason, University of West Georgia

Field Trips

A Walking Tour of Earthquake Damage in Historic Charleston
A 2-3 hour walking tour of historic Charleston, SC highlighting visible damage from the 1886 M=7 earthquake.
Steven C Jaume, College of Charleston; Norman Levine, College of Charleston
Rerouting Water: Understanding and managing urban hydrology in historic Charleston
How do you balance economic and preservationist constraints on stormwater management when faced with urbanization, sea level rise, and hurricane threats? This trip will explore how hydrology has shaped Charleston and how engineers, public officials, and citizens incorporate new technologies in design to increase community resiliency.
Guinn Wallover, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service; Timothy Callahan, College of Charleston; Amy Scaroni, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service; Kim Morganello, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
Paleontology of the “Ashley Phosphate Beds” of Charleston
The “Ashley Phosphate Beds”, mined extensively in Charleston after the Civil War, produced numerous scientifically significant vertebrate fossils in the late 1800s. Northbridge Park on the bank of the Ashley River routinely yields dredged phosphate and fossils of sharks, fish, and marine mammals originating from the Oligocene Ashley Formation.
Robert W. Boessenecker, College of Charleston; Rachel A. Racicot, Claremont College; Sarah J. Boessenecker, College of Charleston; Matthew L. Gibson, Charleston Museum; N. Adam Smith, Clemson University


Field geophysics using ABEM WalkTEM, ABEM Terrameter, and Mala Ground Penetrating Radar
A presentation on basic theory and application followed by field demonstration of resistivity, time-domain EM, and ground penetrating radar. Highlighting the applications and functionality of each, we plan to use each system to gather data at a local site for evaluation.
Amber Onufer Guideline Geo (ABEM and Mala)