Topical Sessions

Technical Program Session Schedule

Invited and Volunteered Papers

These sessions are topically focused with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. Sessions are designed to promote the exchange of interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art information.

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T1. High Resolution Quaternary Records from Cave Environments
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Society for Vertebrate Paleontology; Paleontological Society; Geochemical Society; Karst Waters Institute
Bonnie A.B. Blackwell, Donald McFarlane
Caves are geological time-capsules. When dated, they reveal detailed patterns of climatic, sedimentological, and hydrological changes, and botanical, faunal, and archaeological turnover.Contributions from all disciplines working in caves, rock shelters, or karst fissures welcomed. Oral and Posters.
Archaeological Geology; Geochemistry Other; Quaternary Geology
T2. Alluvial Geoarchaeology of Large River Valleys
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
David L. Cremeens
This session encourages contributions from scientists that have investigated archaeology sites in large river valley settings. Discussions of soil stratigraphy, correlation, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, post-occupation burial and alteration, and newer techniques and analyses are particularly encouraged. Oral.
Archaeological Geology; Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology
T3. Reconstructing Landscape Contexts of Human Occupation Surrounding Wetlands
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Catherine H. Yansa, Andrea K.L. Freeman
This session will provide examples of how valuable information about human activities in wetland and surrounding upland landscapes is obtained from the analysis of soils, sediments and fossils from wetlands (lake, bog, marsh and riparian). Oral.
Archaeological Geology; Limnogeology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T4. Marine Geoarchaeology: New Exploration of Sites from Coast to Shelf (Posters)
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Jean-Daniel Stanley, Eduard G. Reinhardt
Marine geoarchaeology aims to understand human and environmental interactions during the Holocene in now-submerged settings. New techniques and applications in this new interdisciplinary field will present latest research in reconstruction of coastal and shelf settings. Posters.
Archaeological Geology; Marine/Coastal Science; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T5. Archaeological and Geoarchaeological Records of Natural and Human—Induced Disasters
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Tina M. Niemi, Suzanne Leroy, L. Mark Raab
This session explores geologic and archaeological data, as well as historical records of catastrophic events and disasters in human history including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, climate and environmental change, droughts, floods, and crises of cultural origin. Oral and Posters.
Archaeological Geology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T6. Geoarchaeology of Prehistoric Earthworks
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Rolfe D. Mandel
This session encourages contributions from researchers who have applied geoscientific methods, such as geophysics, remote sensing, soil stratigraphy, sedimentology, and micromorphological analyses, to the study of prehistoric earthworks, including mounds, mound-ridge complexes, canals, and moats. Oral.
Archaeological Geology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T7. Coal Utilization in the 21st Century: Environmental Issues
GSA Coal Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
John Kiefer, James C. Hower, Stephen F. Greb, Cortland F. Eble
In this session we will highlight research that looks at the ways coal geology influences the environment during mining, processing, and utilization. Oral.
Coal Geology; Environmental Geoscience; Public Policy
T8. U.S. Energy Resources: Options, Scenarios, and Policy
GSA Coal Geology Division; Geology and Public Policy Committee
Leslie F. Ruppert, Brenda S. Pierce
This session will examine costs and consequences of extracting and utilizing energy resources to fulfill demand scenarios. Talks will focus on choices among fuels including natural gas, oil, heavy oil, hydrates, nuclear, geothermal, and renewables. Oral.
Coal Geology; Environmental Geoscience; Economic Geology
T9. “Ice House” / “Hothouse” – An Analysis of Late Paleozoic Floras and Their Response to Global Climate Change
GSA Coal Geology Division; The American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP); Paleontological Society; Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM); GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Cortland Eble, Thomas D. Demchuk, Hermann Pfefferkorn, Robert A. Gastaldo
This session will investigate the composition and dynamics of terrestrial vegetation during the Permian-Carboniferous ice age and attempt to resolve the scales and patterns of biotic turnover. Oral.
Coal Geology; Paleontology/Paleobotany; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T10. Geotechnical Investigations: The Phase 1 Investigation in Karst Terrain
GSA Engineering Geology Division
Richard F. Dalton, William E. Kochanov
The role of geologists during the initial phases of construction and resource development requires a multidisciplinary approach in karst areas. Papers discussing current karst research, field techniques, and geotechnical engineering through case studies are encouraged. Oral and Posters.
Engineering Geology; Environmental Geoscience; Geomorphology
T11. Engineering Geology in the Northeastern United States
Master of Science in Applied Geoscience Graduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Craig R. Calabria, Chad Freed
This Engineering Geology Session will focus on Northeastern US Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, and Environmental Geology. Speakers are encouraged to present papers relating to groundwater/surface water hydrology, groundwater modeling, geomechanics, engineering geology, geochemistry, geotechnics, and geophysics. Oral.
Engineering Geology; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T12. Fractured Rock Characterization in Applied Geology
GSA Engineering Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
William C. Haneberg
Technological advances and case histories related to fractured rock characterization in engineering geology, hydrogeology, and resource geology. Digital outcrop characterization, subsurface data analysis and prediction, stochastic fracture simulation, and geomechanical models of fractured rocks. Oral.
Engineering Geology; Structural Geology; Hydrogeology
T13. Mining as a Factor in Human Health
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Larry D. Woodfork, E. Lynn Savage
Mining and quarrying may impact human health through either occupational or environmental exposure to toxic substances released in this process or as a consequence of mine accidents. Resultant environmental degradation may also affect human health. Oral.
Environmental Geoscience; Coal Geology; Hydrogeology
T14. Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury in Urban and Rural Watersheds
Public Policy; GSA Geology and Society Division
Curtis L. Hollabaugh, Randa R. Harris
Arsenic, lead, and mercury are toxic substances that can be widespread and tend to accumulate in the biosphere. This session will cover the role of these elements in watersheds in both rural and urban settings. Oral and Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Aqueous; Hydrogeology
T15. Geochemical Modeling Applications in Ground Water Systems
International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); GSA Hydrogeology Division
June E. Mirecki, Russell S. Harmon
Session focuses on the application of geochemical models to quantify major organic, inorganic, and isotopic reactions and rates that control ground water quality. Models that simulate water-rock-microbe interactions in pristine and contaminated systems are encouraged. Oral and Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Aqueous; Hydrogeology
T16. The Effect of Diagenetic Factors Such as Organic Complexation, Microbial Activity, and Mineral Surface Sorption/Complexation on the Mobilization/Sequestration of Uranium in Recent Sediments
Lenaye Bolanos, Paul A. Northrup
State of the art techniques are used to investigate the diagenetic processes affecting U in recent sediments. Sequestration/mobilization processes related to microbial activities, sorption, complexation, and precipitation will be addressed. Oral and Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Organic; Geomicrobiology
T17. An Early Involvement of Undergraduates and K7–12 Students in Geological and Environmental Research (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session is intended to provide hands-on and field-based geological/environmental information to the geoscience community and invites undergraduates and high school students to give poster presentations covering topics ranging from purely geological to environmental. Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T18. Collegiate Watershed Research Projects: Opportunities for Student Learning and Community Involvement
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Kirsten M. Menking, Brannon Andersen
Session provides an opportunity for faculty and students engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary watershed studies to share ideas, strategies, best practices and results from projects involving universities and community members in aquatic monitoring and stream restoration. Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education; Geochemistry Aqueous
T19. Distribution of Arsenic and Related Metalloids in Surface and Ground Waters: Controls and Challenges
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Kaye Savage, Andrea Foster, Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee
We encourage studies of physical and biogeochemical processes controlling spatial and temporal heterogeneities in concentration and speciation of arsenic and related metalloids. Resulting challenges for public health and water supply management are also of interest. Oral and Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous
T20. The Occurrence, Bioavailability and Toxicity of Arsenic and Fluoride from Drinking Water—A Widespread Issue
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Geochemical Society
Michalann Harthill, Achim Herrmann
Toxicity from arsenic or fluoride in drinking water especially from ground water sources is affecting human populations on a global scale. Knowledge of the mechanisms of bioavailability may help in design of mitigation measures. Oral.
Geology and Health
T21. Holocene Sequences of Environmental Disasters: The Terrestrial and Marine Palynological Records
AASP American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
Owen K. Davis
Natural disasters have occurred throughout recorded time and before. The geologic record of fires, droughts, earthquakes, tsunami and hurricanes has improved in the last decade through improved dating techniques and close-interval sampling. Oral.
Environmental Geoscience; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T22. Sigma Gamma Epsilon Student Research (Posters)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Richard L. Ford, Charles Mankin, Donald Neal
This poster session, sponsored by Sigma Gamma Epsilon, will showcase undergraduate and graduate student research in all areas of geoscience. Posters.
Environmental Geoscience; Paleontology/Paleobotany; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T23. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Geochemical Problems
Nancy Washton, Karl T. Mueller
Multidisciplinary geo/chemical/bio-science: How do we make our knowledge bases, experimental and computational techniques, and scientific philosophies accessible to a highly diverse group of scientists working on geochemical problems? Oral and Posters.
Geochemistry Aqueous; Geomicrobiology; Geoscience Information/Communication
T24. Innovations in Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Jason J. Gurdak, John E. McCray
This session will explore recent advances in groundwater vulnerability assessment. Poster presentations on new techniques and applications of field-based and modeling studies to quantify nonpoint-source groundwater contamination and related uncertainty are encouraged. Posters.
Geochemistry Aqueous; Hydrogeology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T25. Water-Quality Issues in Sole-Source and Principal Aquifers in the U.S.
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Ground Water Association
Brian G. Katz, Michael J. Focazio
This session will focus on anthropogenic and natural factors that control water quality in sole-source and principal aquifers in the U.S. We encourage presentations on innovative geochemical and hydrologic methods used to assess aquifer vulnerability. Oral and Posters.
Geochemistry Aqueous; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T26. Experimental Investigations into Hydrothermal Systems: Implications for Mass Transfer in the Earth’s Crust
Geochemical Society; Society of Economic Geologists; Mineralogical Society of America
Brian Rusk, John Kaszuba
Hydrothermal and geothermal systems redistribute enormous amounts of mass and energy in the crust. This session provides experimental insight into fluid-magma-rock interactions in a wide range of geologic environments in continental and oceanic crust. Oral.
Geochemistry Aqueous; Petrology, Experimental; Economic Geology
T27. Better Living Through Geochemistry: Fostering an Understanding of Terrestrial Paleoenvironments and Paleoclimates
GSA Sedimentology Division; Society for Sedimentary Geology; Geochemical Society
Aisha H. Al-Suwaidi, Franciszek Hasiuk, Julie B. Retrum
This session will focus on applications of isotope and elemental geochemical techniques to explore the sedimentary and paleontological record of ancient terrestrial climates and environments. Oral and Posters.
Geochemistry Other; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Sediments, Carbonates
T28. An Appetite for Apatite: Conodont-Based Geological Investigations in the 21st Century
Paleontological Society; Pander Society; Geochemical Society
Jared R. Morrow, D. Jeffrey Over, Maya Elrick
Session highlights recent, increasingly innovative uses of conodont microfossils as a tool in a wide variety of geological applications, including geochemical, geochronologic, paleoceanographic, paleoclimatic, event stratigraphic, and paleotectonic studies. Oral and Posters.
Geochemistry Other; Paleontology/Paleobotany; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T29. The Use of Molecular Techniques to Assess Microbial Community Structure and Function in Aquifer Systems
GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Johanna V. Weiss, Isabelle M. Cozzarelli, Brian Mailloux
Direct measurements of the function and diversity of microorganisms are dramatically improving our understanding of geochemical cycling in aquifer systems. This session will examine the advantages, limitations, and application of available molecular techniques. Oral and Posters.
Geomicrobiology; Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology
T30. Quaternary Micropaleontology: Quantifying Environmental Change
Cushman Foundation; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Benjamin P. Horton, Robin J. Edwards
Microfossil assemblages provide a means of reconstructing and quantifying high profile issues such as climate and sea-level change, the frequency of hurricanes and tsunami and environmental acidification. Oral and Posters.
Geomicrobiology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Environmental Geoscience
T31. Geomorphology and Hydrology of Montane Tropical Streams
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Fred N. Scatena, Fred L. Ogden
Streams draining tropical montane catchments are important sources of water and hydropower, and play major roles in global sediment and biogeochemical budgets. This session focuses on geomorphology, ecohydrology, sediments dynamics, and management of these systems. Oral and Posters.
Geomorphology; Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T32. Linking Sediment Dynamics and Geomorphology in Tidal Marshes and Estuaries
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Christopher Sommerfield, Raymond Torres
This session focuses on sediment dynamics, the evolution of estuarine landscapes and seascapes, and the linkages between process and morphology. Spatial and temporal scales of interest range from bedform to drainage network development. Oral and Posters.
Geomorphology; Marine/Coastal Science; Sediments, Clastic
T33. The Impact of Climate Change on Hydrologic and Geomorphic Processes in the Arctic and Subarctic
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Joan Ramage, Rose McKenney
High latitude rapid temperature increases may lead to irreversible shifts in hydrogeomorphic regime resulting in significant environmental and human impacts. We seek observations or predictions of climatic impacts on processes and responses in high latitudes. Oral and Posters.
Geomorphology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T34. Erosion: Processes, Rates, and New Measuring Techniques (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Frank Pazzaglia, Paul Bierman, Milan Pavich, Dorothy Merritts
Synthetic view of the fundamental processes and rates of landscape erosion across wide temporal and spatial scales. Review of emerging techniques in measuring erosion and implications for landscape evolution, global sedimentary budgets, and human impacts. Posters.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T35. Watershed-based Approaches to River Restoration
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Sara L. Rathburn, Karin Boyd
This session emphasizes river restoration through manipulation of watershed-scale processes at broad temporal and spatial scales. Restoration approaches that accommodate natural variability of rivers to enhance ecological integrity will be highlighted. Oral.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Engineering Geology
T36. Surficial Processes at the Hyperarid Limit: Current Research in the Atacama Desert, Chile
GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Jason A. Rech, Ronald G. Amundson, Gregory D. Hoke
This session focuses on the quantification of surficial processes and landforms in the Atacama Desert, and the use of these features to interpret environmental change on Earth and Mars. Oral and Posters.
Geomorphology; Sediments, Clastic; Geomicrobiology
T37. Fluids at Plate Boundaries: Agents of Mechanical and Chemical Processes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Demian Saffer, Jim Evans, Glenn Spinelli
Fluids at plate boundaries influence deformation behavior, as well as global thermal, solute, and mass budgets. Presentations will include field, laboratory, and theoretical studies that provide quantitative insight into fluid-assisted mechanical and chemical processes. Oral and Posters.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Structural Geology; Tectonics
T38. Earthquakes and Effects on Health
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Constantin Cranganu
The recent Pakistan earthquake illustrated health problems of remote areas including habitat and hospital destruction, reduced retrieval of buried survivors, impaired rescue aid due to isolation, and greater health hazards than in urban areas. Oral.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Tectonics; Environmental Geoscience
T39. Innovative Watershed Based Approaches for Integrating Research and Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Joseph R. Graney, Michele Hluchy
Watershed scale studies are ideal for demonstrating biogeochemical complexity from research and education perspectives. This session will provide overviews of watershed based activities from urban and rural locations in pristine and polluted environments. Oral.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Hydrogeology
T40. Geohazards—Teachable Moments for Students and the Public: An Illustrated Community Discussion (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Public Policy; GSA Engineering Geology Division
David W. Mogk, Cathryn A. Manduca, Barbara Tewksbury
Natural and human-caused geohazards impact humanity on local, national, and international scales. This session will explore opportunities to inform students and the public about the importance and relevance of geology in light of these events. Posters.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Public Policy
T41. Using Large Experiments And Programs For Education and Outreach: Examples From EarthScope, the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, and Others
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
John E. DeLaughter, Leslie Peart
This session will focus on special issues inherent to E&O in large experiments and programs with particular emphasis on developing and maintaining a high level of public interest and interaction. Oral.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T42. Visualization in the Geosciences
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Sarah Titus, Eric Horsman, Cathryn Manduca
New tools are revolutionizing how geoscientists collect, display, and interact with data. Cognitive science is shedding new light on the development of spatial cognitive skills. We encourage papers that address geoscience visualization from both perspectives. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T43. Addressing Present and Future Energy, Mineral, and Water Issues in the Classroom: The Need to Prepare Both Educated Citizens and Geoscientists
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Society of Economic Geologists; Society of Economic Geologists
Andrew M. Buddington, Eric S. Cheney
This session will address energy and resource issues in geoscience education. We seek best practices at the classroom, curriculum, and public levels. Possible examples include lab exercises, resource courses, informal education activities, and experiential learning. Oral.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T44. Beyond the Content: Teaching Scientific and Citizenship Skills in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Erin Campbell-Stone, James D. Myers
Scientific and citizenship literacies help students to succeed academically and to apply their knowledge to society as an active participant. This session seeks ideas and best practices in addressing students’ literacy needs within geoscience courses. Posters.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T45. Service Learning and Community Service in Earth Science Courses: Community Involvement in Earth Science Education
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Suzanne O'Connell
Service learning joins theory with practice and action for academic credit. Community service has a less academic focus. In both, students develop citizenship skills, apply learning to real life projects and strengthen community relationships. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Environmental Geoscience
T46. Teaching Hydrogeology in the 21st Century
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Education Division
Martin F. Helmke, Barbara J. Tewksbury
We encourage abstracts that showcase effective methods of teaching hydrogeology in the classroom, laboratory, and field. This session will also present outcomes from the 2005 workshop Teaching Hydrogeology in the 21st Century (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/hydrogeo/index.html). Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education; Hydrogeology
T47. Learning from Disaster: Using Natural Disasters to Teach Geoscience Concepts, Spatial Understanding, and Temporal Scale
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
James H. Kirby
Using recent disasters as a starting point to discuss natural causes of catastrophic events, their spatial relationships with the planet, and temporal context of occurrence creates a unique learning environment for students in grades 5-12. Oral.
Geoscience Education; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Sediments, Clastic
T48. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management
National Park Service; GSA Geology and Society Division
Bruce A. Heise, Timothy B. Connors, Jim Wood
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations are encouraged on geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T49. Building New and Rebuilding Defunct College and University Geoscience Programs for the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, Successes and Failures (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Kurt A. Shoemaker, Jeffrey A. Bauer
Focuses on the challenges of launching new or extensively rebuilding existing but weakened undergraduate (major and minor) and graduate-level geoscience programs. Contributions encouraged from departments which are actively building or have successfully launched new programs. Posters.
Geoscience Education
T50. Effective Online Strategies for Teaching Geoscience at a Distance
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Laura A. Guertin, Tanya Furman
Technology enables geoscience content to be delivered through online lectures and virtual fieldtrips to students unable to access a geoscience course. This session will share effective strategies to provide geoscience instruction in an online environment. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T51. GK12 (Graduate-K–12) Education: Improving Understanding of Geologic Concepts at All Levels (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
NJ. McMillan, Dave Mayo
Participants and Principal Investigators of NSF-funded GK12 partnerships between universities and K-12 schools will share the challenges and benefits of sustained interactions between geoscience graduate students, K-12 teachers, and K-12 students. Posters.
Geoscience Education
T52. Preparing Future K–12 Teachers of Earth Science
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Heather L. Petcovic, Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Michael J. Passow
How do we ensure that prospective K–12 teachers have a meaningful understanding of the geosciences? This session considers effective methods, courses, curricula, technology, and field programs that enhance the geoscience content knowledge of future teachers. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T53. Teaching Instrumentation to Geoscience Students: Course Design, Objectives, and Presentations
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Microbeam Analysis Society
Elizabeth J. Catlos, George Morgan
Geoscience-related instrumentation courses (EMP, SEM, XRD, ion microprobe) are becoming increasingly important for students at all levels. We encourage presentations from faculty who teach these courses, incorporate equipment into their existing curriculum, and from students. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T54. Translating Earth: Conceptions Research in Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Julie C. Libarkin
This session will bring together researchers to discuss the latest findings in conceptions and conceptual change research in the geological sciences, as well as implications of this research for teaching geology. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T55. Successes in Professional Development of Earth Science Teachers: Courses, Workshops, Partnerships, and Professional Development Opportunities that Work
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Nathalie N. Brandes, Eric L. Cohen
This session features successful programs that enhance K–12 earth science education through teacher education/enhancement programs that focus on any or all of the following: content knowledge, field experience, effective teaching strategies, and exemplary classroom/teacher resources. Oral.
Geoscience Education
T56. Successful Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Undergraduate Geoscience Majors
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Education Division
Barbara Tewksbury, Carolyn Eyles, R. Heather Macdonald
Few departments can thrive without making conscious efforts to recruit and retain students. We encourage abstracts that showcase creative and successful strategies for recruitment and retention that can be adapted for use in other departments. Oral.
Geoscience Education
T57. We Can Do Better: Alternatives to the Same Old Lab-Lecture Format in the College Classroom
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Dexter Perkins, Elizabeth King, Rachel O'Brien
Many educators find that traditional science classrooms do a poor job of promoting learning. Speakers in this session will describe innovative alternative pedagogies, activities and scheduling that are exciting and promote student learning. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Education
T58. Geology of Parks and Public Lands: Effective and Innovative Informal Earth Science Education for the Masses
National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management; Association of Earth Science Editors
Marion Malinowski, Jim F. Wood, Melanie Ransmeier, Monica Gaiswinkler Easton
This session will explore programs and products (e.g., displays, publications, signs, Web sites, virtual and real field trips) for effective informal earth science education about the geology of parks, monuments, open spaces, and public lands. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education
T59. Geoscience Information: Keys to Discovery
Geoscience Information Society
Patricia B. Yocum
Discovery in science depends on information made publicly available. This session provides opportunity for the geoscience community to discuss scientific information—how it is created, distributed, organized, accessed and used. Oral and Posters.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy; Geoscience Education
T60. Geoscience Advocacy and Communicating with the Public
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Linda Rowan, Sarah Andrews
Resources, hazards and the teaching of science are major societal and policy issues. Examples of successful geoscience advocacy and effective communication of geoscience to the public will highlight the essential role of geoscientists in society. Oral.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy; Geoscience Education
T61. Geology and America’s Early Wars
GSA History of Geology Division; National Park Service; GSA Engineering Geology Division; History of the Earth Sciences Society (HESS); GSA Archaeological Geology Division, GSA Quaternary and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Bob Higgins, William R. Brice, Judy Ehlen
Geology plays a critical role in every military venture. This session will examine how the American geologic setting, including geomorphology, hydrology, and resources influenced the course of the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and other conflicts. Oral.
History of Geology; Engineering Geology; Archaeological Geology
T62. Transcendental Geology: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science
GSA History of Geology Division; History of the Earth Sciences Society (HESS)
Jon D. Inners, Kristen Hand
This session focuses on the scientific interests and geological observations of the American “poet-naturalist” Henry David Thoreau. We welcome submissions on the landscape of Concord, Thoreau’s excursions, and his family’s connection to the graphite trade. Oral.
History of Geology; Geomorphology; Marine/Coastal Science
T63. From the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment: Emergence of Modern Geology and Evolutionary Thought from the 16th–18th Century
GSA History of Geology Division; Paleontological Society, History of the Earth Sciences Society
Gary Rosenberg
This session will explore discoveries made about nature and the momentous social changes of the 16th–18th Centuries, which influenced the growing realization that the Earth and life upon it have a long history of evolution. Oral.
History of Geology; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Public Policy
T64. History of Geology: 100 Years of Wissahickon Interpretation
GSA History of Geology Division; Structural Geology Division; Association for Women Geoscientists; History of the Earth Sciences Society (HESS)
Sally Newcomb, Maria Luisa Crawford
The Wissahickon Formation that underlies Philadelphia has been an enigma from the first time it was described to the present. This session will trace the history of geological ideas that have been applied to it. Oral.
History of Geology; Petrology, Metamorphic; Structural Geology
T65. Detection of Voids, Tunnels and Collapse Features
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Karst Waters Institute; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Todd Halihan, J.E. Nyquist
The detection of voids and collapse structures, including karst features, mine shafts and archaeology sites, is important for many problems in geology. This session evaluates applications of innovative techniques for characterization of these features. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Engineering Geology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T66. Emerging and Innovative Approaches to Groundwater Modeling
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Ground Water Association
Abe Springer, Linda Zhang
The evolution and widespread application of groundwater models has led to innovative approaches in modeling. The session will explore these innovative approaches in development, application, effective parameter determination, uncertainty of models, or other topics. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Aqueous
T67. Flow and Transport in Aquitard-Aquifer Systems
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Hongbin Zhan
This session solicits new theoretical and field studies on flow and transport in aquitard-aquifer systems, and new methods of aquitard characterization using hydrogeological, hydrogeophysical, and hydrogeochemical methods. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology
T68. Gradients at Hydrologic Interfaces as Indicators of Key Earth-Surface ("Critical-Zone") Processes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
David A. Stonestrom, Michelle A. Walvoord
Chemical and physical gradients at hydrologic interfaces provide information about processes that can sustain or threaten life. Key processes include weathering, nutrient cycling, regulation of natural water supplies, and transport of contaminants. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Aqueous
T69. Groundwater Availability and its Sustainability within Regional Aquifer Systems
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
William M. Alley, Kevin F. Dennehy
Ground-water monitoring and assessment to address issues of the long-term sustainability of aquifer systems at the regional scale, including storage depletion, water-quality impacts, land subsidence, and streamflow depletion. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T70. Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Fate, Transport and Remediation in Fractured Soil, Sediment and Rock
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Larry D. McKay, Ying Fan Reinfelder
This session encourages abstracts on field, lab and modeling investigations or informative case histories on the subject of groundwater flow and contaminant fate, transport, or remediation in fractured soil, sediment and rock. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry Aqueous
T71. Groundwater's Role in the Survival of Threatened and Endangered Ecosystems
GSA Hydrogeology Division
F. Edwin Harvey, Donald I. Siegel
Many of Earth's ecosystems contain fauna and flora that are threatened or endangered. Some of these systems depend on groundwater for their survival. Thus, understanding groundwater's role is critical to making informed management decisions. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T72. Heat as a Natural Tracer in Hydrologic Systems: Current Understanding, Innovation and Application
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Laura K. Lautz, Jeffrey M. McKenzie
Temperature can be used as a reliable, cost-effective tracer to quantify water movement through hydrologic systems. We encourage presentations on innovative field and modeling applications highlighting the use of temperature measurements to understand hydrologic systems. Oral.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T73. Nonpoint Source Pollution: Sources, Processes, Prediction, and Solutions
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
William W. Simpkins, Carolyn G. Olson
Are we making progress in understanding/reducing nonpoint source (NPS) pollution? We seek papers identifying sources of and processes that produce NPS pollution, models for prediction of concentrations and TMDLs, and solutions to NPS pollution. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T74. Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants in the Environment—Transport, Fate, and Effects
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Douglas J. Schnoebelen, Dana W. Kolpin
The study of pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants is advancing to include the transport, fate, and effects of these compounds in the environment. This session provides a state-of-the-science overview for this exciting research area. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience
T75. Chemical and Hydrological Interactions in the Evolution and Control of Coal and Metal Mine Drainage
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Geochemical Society: GSA Coal Geology Division
Charles A. Cravotta, Joseph J. Donovan, Keith B.C. Brady
This session emphasizes the chemistry and hydrology of coal or metal mine drainage. Papers are solicited on aqueous chemical processes in mine settings; prediction and evolution of mine-water chemistry; innovative treatment; and long-term environmental effects. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous
T76. Detecting and Characterizing Fluxes of Water and Dissolved Constituents Across the Groundwater Surface-water Interface
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Brewster Conant, Donald Rosenberry
Session examines preferential flow paths and areas of exchange between groundwater and surface water across the sediment-water interface of streams, lakes, and wetlands and the processes controlling water fluxes, mass fluxes, and biogeochemical reactions. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Limnogeology
T77. Epikarst to Conduits: Quantitative Methods Applied To Monitoring and Modeling of Karst Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute
Ralph K. Davis, Dorothy Vesper
This session explores state-of-the-art monitoring and modeling systems that provide quantifiable data and results on which effective policy and management decisions about development and contaminant fate and transport in complex karst aquifers are based. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Environmental Geoscience
T78. Geochemical and Hydrologic Linkages Between Shallow and Deep Groundwaters
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Laura Rademacher, Jennifer C. McIntosh
We welcome catchment- to basinal-scale hydrogeochemical studies linking shallow aquifer/soil waters to deep groundwaters over varying timescales, particularly isotopic tracers of fluid/solute transport, water-rock-microbial interactions, and effects of climate change on aquifer systems. Oral.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Environmental Geoscience
T79. Ground Water Age Dating: Current Issues and Applications
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Andrew G. Hunt, Jean Moran, Andrew H. Manning
This session will provide a forum to present recent studies, both applied and theoretical, involving the measurement and modeling of ground water residence time on all time scales. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Environmental Geoscience
T80. Impact of Past Glaciations on Present-day Subsurface Water Resources: Geochemical, Hydrogeological and Modeling Studies
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Jennifer C. McIntosh, Victor Bense
Continental glaciations altered regional-scale fluid flow and solute transport in underlying aquifer systems. This session focuses on geochemical and hydrologic evidence for ice sheet-permafrost-aquifer interactions, and residence times of meltwaters. Field and modeling studies encouraged. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Quaternary Geology
T81. Physical, Chemical, and Biological Controls on Remediation of Chlorinated Solvents in Fractured Rock
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Allen M. Shapiro, Francis H. Chapelle
This session is designed to review the current state of characterizing fractured rock sites subject to contamination with chlorinated solvents, and to review available remediation technologies in such formations. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Geomicrobiology
T82. Reactions at Mineral-Water Interfaces: The Role of Solute Adsorption on Contaminant Co-Adsorption, Mineral Dissolution and Colloid Behavior
GSA Hydrogeology Division
John J. Lenhart, Daniel E. Giammar
This session highlights advances in understanding how solute adsorption influences contaminant co-adsorption, mineral dissolution, and colloid behavior. Experimental, spectroscopic, and theoretical approaches are used to elucidate reaction mechanisms in both natural and model systems. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Environmental Geoscience
T83. Salinization Processes and Problems in Coastal and Inland Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Jeffrey S. Hanor, Ann Mulligan
Field and modeling studies of the sources of salinity and causes of salinization of coastal and inland groundwater resources. The hydrogeology, geochemistry, and management of aquifer salinization. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Aqueous; Marine/Coastal Science
T84. Novel Applications of Tracers to Characterize and Distinguish Multiple Transport Phenomena at Various Scales
GSA Hydrogeology Division
William E. Sanford, Craig E. Divine
Papers will show creative tracer tests such as separating the effects of diffusion and sorption, estimating mass transfer rate, multiple tracers, nanoparticles, low detection limits, and complementary characterization methods (e.g., geophysics). Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geochemistry Other; Environmental Geoscience
T85. New Approaches to Understanding the Cycling of Water in Urban Landscapes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Claire Welty, Andrew J. Miller
This session explores the impact of urban development on hydrologic response, sediment yield, and landform evolution. Contributions are encouraged on new tools for quantifying the urban water cycle at high-resolution space and time scales. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geomorphology
T86. Peatland Patterns and Hydrological Processes: From the Subarctic to the Subtropics
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Judson W. Harvey, Andrew Reeve
The goal is to bring together hydrologists from disparate research areas to encourage comparisons and new insights about evolution, function, and future changes in peatland ecosystems. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Limnogeology
T87. Stream-hyporheic Interactions: Hydrology, Geochemistry, and Biology
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Eric W. Peterson, Meinhard Bayani Cardenas
An interdisciplinary session designed to expose and synthesize our understanding of the hyporheic zone, focusing on geomorphologic, hydrologic, and biogeochemical studies exploring linkages across scale and process. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Geochemistry Aqueous
T88. Innovative Sensors, Technologies and Strategies for Performance Monitoring of Waste Disposal Facilities and Remediation Approaches
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Thomas J. Nicholson, Roelof Jan Versteeg, John W. Lane
Session will showcase innovative sensors, technologies and strategies being used to monitor the performance of waste disposal facilities and various remediation approaches for isolating or mitigating ground-water contaminant plumes. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Environmental Geoscience
T89. Revolutionizing Hydrologic Systems Observations: Data Needs to Ensure Groundwater Availability
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Ground Water Association, GSA Geology and Society Division
Vicki J. Kretsinger Grabert, Beverly L. Herzog
This session highlights the global need to revolutionize hydrologic systems observations to achieve sustainable resources goals and provide decision makers with the data needed to better assess and manage groundwater resources. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T90. Three-Dimensional Geological Mapping for Groundwater Applications
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Hazen A.J. Russell, Richard C. Berg, L. Harvey Thorleifson
This session will highlight case studies or techniques of data collection, management, and integration leading to the construction and visualization of 3-D geological models with particular emphasis on hydrogeological applications. Oral.
Hydrogeology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Engineering Geology
T91. GPS and InSAR in Groundwater Investigations
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Thomas J. Burbey, John Bell
This session will explore new and innovative uses of both global positioning systems and interferrometric aperture radar techniques in groundwater investigations and aquifer characterization Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Environmental Geoscience
T92. Innovations in Characterizing Physical and Chemical Heterogeneity in Sedimentary Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Richelle M. Allen-King, Robert W. Ritzi
This session will feature various approaches to capture aquifer heterogeneity in sedimentary systems with a goal to improve solute transport prediction. Approaches of interest include experimental and field quantification, geophysical characterization, and sedimentary architecture modeling. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology; Sediments, Clastic
T93. Recent Advances in Groundwater Solute Transport Modeling: Alternatives to the Classical Advection-Dispersion Model
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Gaisheng Liu, Chunmiao Zheng, Steven M. Gorelick
This session focuses on the latest progress on groundwater solute transport modeling with emphasis on theoretically sound and practically useful alternatives to the classical advection-dispersion theory. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology
T94. The Spatial and Temporal Variability of Ground Water Recharge
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Weston R. Dripps, Kenneth Bradbury
This session seeks papers that develop and/or apply field and/or modeling techniques for quantifying the spatial and temporal variability and distribution of ground water recharge. Oral and Posters.
Hydrogeology
T95. Dating and Environmental Interpretation of Lake, Loess and Marine Sediment Sequences using Paleomagnetism and Rock Magnetism
GSA Limnogeology Division
John A. Peck, John W. King
This session combines rock magnetic studies of environmental change from lake, loess, and marine sediments with paleomagnetic studies that provide robust chronologies for these sediment sequences on time scales from secular variation to reversals. Oral and Posters.
Limnogeology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Quaternary Geology
T96. Neogene and Quaternary Biological Paleolimnology: In Memory of J. Platt Bradbury
GSA Limnogeology Division
Scott W. Starratt
During his career, Platt Bradbury pioneered techniques in biochronology and paleoenvironmental analysis of late Cenozoic lake sediments from around the world. Papers on all aspects of lacustrine analysis, particularly those using biological proxies are welcomed. Oral and Posters.
Limnogeology; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Quaternary Geology
T97. Core Analysis of Lake Sediments (Posters)
GSA Limnogeology Division; ExxonMobil
Elizabeth H. Gierlowski-Kordesch, Peter A. Drzewiecki, Kevin Bohacs
Core analysis and comparison of modern lake sediments and fossil lake rock sequences will shed light on sedimentation processes as well as preservation potential of fossils and structures through time and space. Posters.
Limnogeology
T98. Identifying Our Most Vulnerable Shorelines: Science and Policy
GSA Geology and Society Division
Robert S. Young, David M. Bush
This session will focus on how scientists can objectively determine which of this nation’s shorelines are the most vulnerable, and how a long-term retreat from these shorelines might be initiated. Oral and Posters.
Marine/Coastal Science; Public Policy; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
T99. Utilization of Benthic Mapping Data in Estuarine and Coastal Environments: An Integration of Pure and Applied Research
John A. Madsen, Bartholomew D. Wilson
Benthic maps are a necessity for decision makers involved in management decisions affecting coastal and estuarine resources. Utilizing the best methodologies and datasets for mapping greatly increases the validity of these essential bottom maps. Oral.
Marine/Coastal Science; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T100. Whet your Apatite: Advances in Research of Natural and Biological Apatite
Mineralogical Society of America
Doreena Patrick, H. Catherine W. Skinner, John Rakovan
Biogenic apatite composition reflects conditions during fossilization and acts as a “flight recorder” for events occurring in the environment. Paleontologists, mineralogists, and others interested in bioapatite research will benefit from this body of knowledge. Oral.
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry Other; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T101. Petrologic Mineralogy—The Study of Minerals in Context: In Honor of Charles V. Guidotti
Mineralogical Society of America
Edward S. Grew, M. Darby Dyar, Darrell Henry
Charles Guidotti maintained that minerals are chemical systems that should be studied in context. This session focuses on crystallography, mineral physics, and phase relationships in the study of minerals and their relevance to geologic processes. Oral and Posters.
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Petrology, Metamorphic; Geochemistry Other
T102. Atmosphere–Ice Sheet–Ocean Interactions: Modern Observations and Historical Interpretations
Stefanie Brachfeld, Amy Leventer
This session examines recent ice shelf collapse and links to dynamic modern glacial systems, and marine and terrestrial records of past ice sheet and ice shelf advances and retreats. Oral.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Marine/Coastal Science; Environmental Geoscience
T103. The Terrestrial Eocene–Oligocene Boundary Revisited: A Comparison of Multi-proxy Records of Paleoenvironmental and Paleoclimatic Change
Paleontological Society
Dennis Terry, Emmett Evanoff
New data is challenging the hypothesis of cooling and drying across the terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene boundary. This session provides a forum to present new data and to compare multiple-proxy records of terrestrial paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental change. Oral.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Stratigraphy
T104. History of Study of Environmental Impacts on Health
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA History of Geology Division; History of the Earth Sciences Society (HESS)
Gerald M. Friedman
Recorded history of ancient life is non-traditional: fossils, skeletons, portrayals on ancient monuments, stelae, pottery, sculptures. Modern studies of more available evidence are often part of other disciplines, including paleontology, paleopathology, anthropology, archaeology, etc. Oral.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Sediments, Carbonates; Sediments, Clastic
T105. Paleosols, Proxies, and Paleoenvironments
Nathan D. Sheldon, Neil J. Tabor
Paleosols formed at the interface of Earth’s lithosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere and therefore have potential to offer unique paleoclimatic/paleoenvironmental proxies. This session will focus on new proxies and applications of existing ones to paleoclimatic/paleoenvironmental problems. Oral.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Sediments, Clastic; Geochemistry Other
T106. Devonian–Early Carboniferous Climate Change: Glacial Deposits and Proxy Records
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Peter Isaacson, Thomas Algeo
Intended for glacial geologists, paleoclimate modelers, sedimentary geochemists, sequence stratigraphers, paleobotanists, and paleontologists studying problems related to climate change during the Devonian and Early Carboniferous, with a special focus on events around the D/C boundary. Oral and Posters.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Stratigraphy; Paleontology/Paleobotany
T107. The EARTHTIME Project
Paleontological Society
Samuel A. Bowring, Douglas H. Erwin
EARTHTIME is an international, community-based scientific initiative aimed at sequencing Earth history through the integration of geochronology, stratigraphy and palaeontology to resolve the rates of geological and evolutionary processes. Oral.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Paleontology/Paleobotany
T108. Stratigraphic Palynology: Applications to Geologic Problems
American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
Douglas J. Nichols, Robert A. Cushman
This session will explore recent techniques and developments in the application of palynology to solving geologic problems in stratigraphy and basin analysis. Oral.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Stratigraphy
T109. Mass Extinctions: New Approaches Analyzing Process Links Between Land and Sea
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
David J. Bottjer, Peter D. Ward
This session will highlight newly developed analyses that explore mass extinction processes which affect both marine and terrestrial environments, including how extinction in one might cause extinction in the other. Oral.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Geochemistry Other
T110. Magnetostratigraphy of Critical Intervals in Earth History: Contributions to Geochronology, Geobiology, Paleogeography, and Global Change
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Timothy D. Raub, Adam C. Maloof
This session solicits new magnetostratigraphies, critical reviews of global datasets, and fundamental studies into the paleomagnetic character of sedimentary materials; especially addressing floral and faunal correlation, extinction, and radiation, and recent and ancient biogeochemical cycling. Oral and Posters.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T111. The Late Cretaceous–Early Tertiary Interval in the Atlantic Coastal Plain
Paleontological Society
William B. Gallagher, Kenneth J. Lacovara
This session will summarize recent research on the paleontology and biostratigraphy of the Late Cretaceous–early Tertiary stratigraphic sequence in the Atlantic Coastal Plain of North America, focusing on the record around the K/T boundary. Oral.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Stratigraphy
T112. Extinction, Dwarfing and the Lilliput Effect
Paleontological Society
Richard J. Twitchett, Bridget S. Wade
This session explores and discusses the dwarfing of organisms during Phanerozoic extinction events, commonly known as the ‘Lilliput Effect’. Presentation addressing issues of taxonomy, morphometrics, and paleoecology surrounding this phenomenon are welcome. Oral and Posters.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T113. Applied Reef Coral Paleoecology
Paleontological Society
Benjamin J. Greenstein
This session assembles researchers engaged in various aspects of reef coral community paleoecology. Research results will be presented in the context of their application to ecological disturbances facing modern reef coral communities. Oral.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy; Marine/Coastal Science
T114. The Dynamic Reef and Shelly Communities of the Paleozoic: A Tribute to the Research Career of Paul Copper
Paleontological Society
Leif Tapanila, Jisuo Jin
A session highlighting the environmental and evolutionary changes that helped define the Paleozoic Era as a time of innovation and complexity for shallow marine benthic communities. Oral and Posters.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T115. Fossil Behavior: In Honor of Adolf Seilacher
Paleontological Society
A.A. Ekdale, Richard G. Bromley
The fossil record of animal behavior as represented by the wide spectrum of trace fossils ranging from the Precambrian to the present. Oral and Posters.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T116. Trilobite Paleobiology and Evolution: In Honor of Brian Chatterton
Paleontological Society
Brenda R. Hunda, Mark Webster
Trilobites as major contributors to the Paleozoic record: Paleobiologic and phylogenetic investigations, and their role in patterns of diversity and evolution. Oral.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T117. Life on Late Devonian Continents—Organisms and Ecosystems in Transition: In Honor of James Richard "Dick" Beerbower
Paleontological Society
Edward B. Daeschler, Walter L. Cressler
This session will take a multi-disciplinary approach towards integrating data on the biotic and physical conditions of Late Devonian floodplains where evolutionary changes among plants and animals dramatically expanded early continental ecosystems. Oral.
Paleontology/Paleobotany; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T118. Biotic Response to Global Environmental Change: Analogs for the Future of Life on Earth
Paleontological Society
Margaret L. Fraiser
Effects of atmospheric and oceanic changes on microbial, macroinvertebrate, and vertebrate life in the terrestrial and marine realms that could represent analogs for the future of life on Earth if CO2 levels continue to rise. Oral.
Paleontology/Paleobotany; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T119. Crustal Melt Flow in Orogenic Belts: Integrated Field, Microstructural, Geochemical and Geochronological Analysis of Migmatites and Associated Granites
Mineralogical Society of America
Paul B. Tomascak, Gary S. Solar
Combination of structure, petrology, geochemistry and geochronology on migmatites and granites is required to understand synchronous metamorphism, deformation, melting and magma migration. This session focuses on data integration to understand the links among these processes. Oral and Posters.
Petrology, Igneous; Structural Geology; Geochemistry Other
T120. Minerals, Melts, Fluids, and the Evolution of Mountain Belts: A Tribute to Maria Luisa Crawford
Mineralogical Society of America
Jinny Sisson, Alice L. Hoersch
Maria Luisa Crawford's deeply insightful researchcombines mapping, mineralogic-petrogenic studies and fluid inclusion data to comprehend mountain belt evolution. We encourage those inspired by her work, to submit papers on these subjects,in her honor. Oral and Posters.
Petrology, Metamorphic; Structural Geology; Mineralogy/Crystallography
T121. Impact Craters: Structures, Drilling, Ages, and Geophysics
GSA Planetary Geology Division; International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP); GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Christian Koeberl, Jared R. Morrow
This session highlights recent advancements in understanding the structural development, geochronologic and stratigraphic dating, geophysical characteristics, and numerical modeling of terrestrial impact craters, including key data provided by ongoing interdisciplinary and international crater-drilling projects. Oral and Posters.
Planetary Geology; Structural Geology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T122. Asteroids, Meteorites and the Early History of the Solar System—G.K. Gilbert Award Session
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Thomas R. Watters, Harry Y. McSween
This session, dedicated to reflectance spectroscopy studies of asteroids and meteorites, honors Michael J. Gaffey the winner of the Planetary Geology Division’s G.K. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievement. The recipient will give a keynote talk. Oral.
Planetary Geology
T123. Geology, Health, and Public Policy
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Public Policy
David W. Mogk, Monica E. Gowan
The geosciences are increasingly important in their application to human health issues. This session will explore the interfaces between the Earth system, impacts on human health, and ensuing local, national and international public policy. Oral and Posters.
Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience
T124. Forensic Geoscience from the Classroom to the Courtroom
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Elisa Bergslien
A forum for those with investigative experience and classroom experience to share realistic information about the applications of fundamental geoscience to forensic investigation, including environmental forensics. Use of analytical research techniques including XRD, Raman, GPR. Oral and Posters.
Public Policy; Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience
T125. Keys to Opportunities with the National Park Service
National Park Service
Judy Geniac
Examples of helping parks with research, partnerships, projects, and volunteer and paid positions. Discover geoscience opportunities for professors, students, retirees, organizations, universities, and companies. Discuss possible partnerships, opportunities, and ways to improve cooperative efforts. Oral.
Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education
T126. Conservation and Management of Geoheritage Resources
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA International Division; National Park Service; Public Policy
Robert D. Higgins, Maurice J. Terman
This session will explore examples of managing geologic heritage resources and sites through regional, national and international programs whose goals are in accordance with conservation and public enjoyment. Oral.
Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
T127. Scales of Instability in Tropical Environments
American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists
Christopher O. Hunt
This session deals with the geological evidence for the changeability and dynamism of tropical environments, over a variety of timescales, from catastrophic individual storms lasting a few hours to slow changes over millions of years. Oral.
Quaternary Geology; Environmental Geoscience; Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T128. Sources, Transport, Storage, and Delivery of Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Allen C. Gellis, Dorothy Merritts
Understanding the sources, storage, and transport of sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is critical to improving habitat. This session encourages presentations on studies that have examined sediment processes in Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Oral and Posters.
Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Geomorphology
T129. Geologic Mapping: Innovations and Interoperability (Posters)
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Richard C. Berg, David R. Soller, Peter T. Lyttle, Thomas Berg
This session will highlight innovations in geological mapping by showing new mapping, strategies for managing data, new methods for map publishing and web accessibility, and how digital procedures have advanced the effectiveness of geological mapping. Posters.
Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology; Hydrogeology; Geoscience Information/Communication
T130. Geologic Mapping and Minerals Exploration Using Remote Sensing Data
GSA Geophysics Division
John C. Mars
This session will investigate new methods and effectiveness of using hyperspectral and multispectral data in geologic mapping and mineral exploration. Oral.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Economic Geology
T131. Using Geographic Information Systems to Explore Geology and Health Relationships (Posters)
GSA Geology and Health Division
John Maclachlan, David Mogk
Geographic Information Systems have allowed for the further exploration and visualization of spatial relationships of health and geologic variables. This session will allow researchers to showcase these relationships. Posters.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Environmental Geoscience
T132. A Visual Showcase for Diverse GIS Applications: A Cornucopia of Case Studies
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Richard B. Schultz, Mark R. Hafen
This interdisciplinary session, emphasizing the diverse applications of GIS, showcases broad applications for GIS and creates an awareness for the infusion of spatial concepts across the geosciences from the perspective of both professional and academian. Oral.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoscience Education
T133. Late Permian–Early Triassic Earth
Paleontological Society
Ezat Heydari, Thomas C. Wynn
We request contributions related to the tectonics, volcanism, mantle disturbances, geochemistry, paleoceanography, paleontology, exotic sedimentary features, extraterrestrial events, and mineralogy to better understand events that affected the Earth during Late Permian to Early Triassic. Oral and Posters.
Sediments, Carbonates; Geochemistry Other; Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T134. Back to the Future of Sedimentary Geology: Student Research in Sedimentary Geology (Posters)
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Daniel Larsen
This session will feature undergraduate and graduate student research in sedimentary geology. Awards will be given for the best research papers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Posters.
Sediments, Carbonates; Sediments, Clastic; Stratigraphy
T135. Forensic Geology
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Nehru E. Cherukupalli
Application of Geology to criminal and other investigations of fossil and modern evidence based on minerals, rocks, soils, dust, disturbed stratigraphy, sedimentology etc., using field methods, polarized light microscopy and other investigative laboratory techniques. Oral and Posters.
Sediments, Clastic; Geomorphology; Geochemistry Other
T136. River Generated Hyperpycnal Events and Resulted Deposits in Modern and Ancient Environments
Cornel Olariu, Piret Plink Björklund
We are looking for result of studies in flume experiments, modern environments, or ancient deposits related to hyperpycnal flows. The aim of the session is to improve sedimentological criteria to recognize ancient river-generated hyperpycnal deposits. Oral.
Sediments, Clastic; Marine/Coastal Science; Stratigraphy
T137. Epi-continental Seas in the Geological Record: The Limitations of the Uniformitarian Paradigm
Peter A. Allison, Martin R. Wells, Brian R. Pratt
This multi-disciplinary session will involve palaeontologists, geochemists, sedimentologists and ocean/atmospheric modellers and will extend our appreciation of the behaviour of ancient epicontinental seas. Oral.
Sediments, Clastic; Sediments, Carbonates; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T138. Using Detrital Zircon Geochronology to Answer Geologic Questions We Formerly Could Not Ask
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Society for Sedimentary Geology
Michael Pope, Paul Link
This session will provide a forum to discuss novel uses of detrital zircon geochronology to address a variety of geologic questions including: provenance, sediment transport, tectonic evolution of mountain belts, which were not previously addressed. Oral and Posters.
Sediments, Clastic; Stratigraphy; Tectonics
T139. Changes in Ocean and Atmospheric Redox State and the Evolution of Life
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Ganqing Jiang, Andrey Bekker
This session will bridge a gap between specialists using various tools to constrain the redox state of modern, Phanerozoic, and Precambrian ocean and atmosphere. Studies that examine elemental, isotopic, and mineralogical redox indicators are welcome. Oral and Posters.
Stratigraphy; Geochemistry Organic; Geomicrobiology
T140. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Margin Sequences and Hydrostratigraphy
Peter J. Sugarman, Kenneth Miller
We encourage presentations that relate U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coastal plain sequence, processes of sea-level, tectonics, and climate changes, and their relationships to aquifers, confining units, and water resources. Oral and Posters.
Stratigraphy; Hydrogeology; Marine/Coastal Science
T141. Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Hypoxic/Anoxic Conditions in Mid-Cretaceous Deposits of the Tethyan Realm: Characterization and Paleoenvironmental Implications (Posters)
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM); GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Florentin J. Maurrasse, Ricardo Barragan-Manzo
Comparison of Mid-Cretaceous deposits at sites in Colombia, NE Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and Europe in order to characterize spatial and temporal heterogeneity of hypoxic/anoxic deposits in the different areas, and assess their paleoceanographic implications. Posters.
Stratigraphy; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Geomicrobiology
T142. Terrestrial Impact Breccias
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
David T. King Jr, Kevin Evans
Impact breccias can be deposited or emplaced in a variety of settings by a wide range of impact-related processes. This session will explore proximal to distal impact ejecta, crater-filling breccias, and other impact-related breccias. Oral and Posters.
Stratigraphy; Planetary Geology; Sediments, Clastic
T143. Outcrop Studies: Fundamental to Lithofacies and Reservoir Characterization
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Ernest A. Mancini, Jim Blankenship, William C. Parcell
This session is designed to provide a forum for stratigraphers, sedimentologists, and petroleum geologists to discuss the importance of detailed outcrop studies to understand the variations in the internal fabric of strata, lithofacies and reservoirs. Oral.
Stratigraphy; Sediments, Clastic; Sediments, Carbonates
T144. Deformation in Sedimentary Rocks: A Tribute to Richard H. Groshong, Jr.
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
David A. Ferrill
As a tribute to Richard H. Groshong, Jr., this session brings together diverse researchers to review progress, discuss recent advances, and frame future challenges in the understanding of low-temperature deformation processes in sedimentary rocks. Oral.
Structural Geology; Tectonics
T145. Unraveling Tectonics: The Power Behind Balanced Cross Sections and Kinematic Reconstructions
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Nadine McQuarrie, Delores Robinson
Balanced cross sections and kinematic reconstructions extract deformational histories from tectonic environments. Combined with age constraints, they have the potential to estimate geologic rates. This cross-disciplinary session explores the challenge of quantifying magnitudes of deformation. Oral and Posters.
Structural Geology; Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T146. Geoinformatics: Data to Knowledge About the Evolution of Continents
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division
G. Randy Keller, A. K. Sinha
One major challenge we face is to fully understand continental evolution. This session will present examples of scientific results obtained through high levels of integration between diverse fields and the approaches that facilitated this integration. Oral and Posters.
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Petrology, Igneous
T147. NSF Continental Dynamics Field Laboratories: 20 Years On
Lincoln S. Hollister, G. Randy Keller
This session features new geologic insights gained from multidisciplinary, field-based projects funded by the NSF Continental Dynamics program that began in 1985. Most projects combined deep lithospheric probing techniques with focused geologic and geochemical studies. Oral.
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Structural Geology
T148. Intraplate Earthquakes: Advances in Understanding their Causes and the Hazard Posed by Them
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Eugene Schweig, Pradeep Talwani
This session will present the latest advances in understanding the causes, rates of occurrence, and hazard posed by intraplate earthquakes in North America and worldwide. Oral and Posters.
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
T149. Modern to Precambrian Subduction Systems: Convergent Margin Behavior and Evolution Over Geologic Time
GSA International Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, MARGINS
Yildirim Dilek, Mark Cloos
This session is aimed at bringing together a diverse group of scientists working on modern/ancient convergent margins to evaluate our understanding of their evolution via material/heat transport, tectonic deformation, and seismogenesis at plate interfaces. Oral.
Tectonics; Petrology, Metamorphic; Petrology, Igneous
T150. Understanding Mountain Belts from Basin-fill: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to the Detrital Record of Orogenic Evolution
Andrea Fildani, Tim Cope, Amy Weislogel
This session features integrated case studies of provenance evolution in sedimentary basins as a tracer of orogen evolution and/or plateau uplift, and novel efforts to apply cutting-edge technology to the detrital record of orogenic events. Oral and Posters.
Tectonics; Stratigraphy; Sediments, Clastic
T151. Orogenesis in the Northwestern Appalachians
Paul A. Washington
Recent discoveries have challenged the accepted nature and timing of Taconic through Acadian events. This session will explore the nature and timing of orogenic events within the northwestern half of the northern and maritime Appalachians. Oral.
Tectonics; Structural Geology; Stratigraphy
T152. Spreading the Message: New Developments in the Presentation and Visualization of 3D and 4D Geological Data and Processes
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Steven J. Whitmeyer, Steve Reynolds, Ken McCaffrey, Jonathan Imber
This session will focus on presentation techniques that effectively illustrate 3D and 4D geologic data and processes, with the goal of stimulating discussion on promising new approaches to visualization that can target a broad audience. Oral and Posters.
Tectonics; Structural Geology; Geoscience Education

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