Pardee Keynote Symposia

Technical Program Session Schedule

These keynote sessions are special events of broad interest to the geoscience community. They represent hot issues on the leading edge in a scientific discipline or area of public policy, address broad fundamental issues, and are interdisciplinary. Selection was on a competitive basis. This year's eight Pardee Keynote Symposia were reviewed and accepted by the Annual Program Committee. (All speakers are invited.) Italicized organizations are session sponsors.

The Pardee Keynote Symposia are made possible by a grant from the Joseph T. Pardee Memorial Fund.


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P1. Erosion: Processes, Rates, and New Measuring Techniques
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Mon., 23 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Frank Pazzaglia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; Paul Bierman, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.; Milan Pavich, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.; Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.
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.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology/Geomorphology
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P2. Evidence for Long-Term Survival of Microorganisms and Preservation of DNA
GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Tue., 24 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Tim K. Lowenstein, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.; Michael N. Timofeeff, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.; Brian A. Schubert, Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.
Talks will present evidence for or against long-term survival of microorganisms and preservation of DNA in amber, ancient salt, subsurface rocks, deep sea sediments, glacial ice, permafrost, bones, and teeth.
Geomicrobiology; Planetary Geology; Archaeological Geology
P3. Geosciences and the Media: How Can We Better Communicate the Imperatives of Sustainability?
GSA Geology and Society Division; Critical Issues Caucus, Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division; Association of Earth Science Editors
Mon., 23 Oct., 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Paul H. Reitan, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.; Susan W. Kieffer, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.; E-an Zen, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.; Allison R. Palmer, Institute for Cambrian Studies, Boulder, Colo.
Geoscientists have significant knowledge of hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes) and insidious creeping megacrises (soil, water, resources, climate). A sustainable future needs more effective cooperation with the media for successful communication and public education on these issues.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience
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P4. Holocene Sea Level Change in North America: A Post-Katrina Assessment
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; IGCP 495 (Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: Driving Mechanisms and Coastal Responses)
Sun., 22 Oct., 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Tulane University, New Orleans, La.; Benjamin P. Horton, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
The concerns about sea-level rise and coastal responses are larger than ever in the post-Katrina world. This session, a contribution to IGCP 495, will address Holocene sea-level change in North America from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Quaternary Geology; Marine/Coastal Science; Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
P5. Links between Geological Processes, Microbial Activities, and Evolution of Life
GSA International Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Tue., 24 Oct., 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Yildirim Dilek, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Harald Furnes, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Karlis Muehlenbachs, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
This session will explore the mode and/or nature of links between geological processes and microbial activities as recorded in the Precambrian through modern rocks and their implications for the origin/evolution of life on Earth and other planets.
Tectonics; Geomicrobiology; Geochemistry, Other
P6. Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters: Earth and Health Scientists Working Together to Identify Potential Health Issues and Improve Outcomes
GSA Geology and Health Division
Sun., 22 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Geoffrey S. Plumlee, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colo.; Gabriel Filippelli, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Ind.
Disasters, both natural and human-produced, put a large strain on public health resources. This session brings together earth scientists and public health experts to understand the links between causes, impacts, and health-related outcomes of disasters.
Environmental Geoscience; Public Policy
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P7. Using Historical Photographs and Maps to Document Landscape Evolution and the Impacts of Changing Climate: A Celebration of the 96th Birthday of Bradford Washburn
Wed., 25 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Bruce Franklin Molnia, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.; Mike Sfraga, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska
This session in celebration of the 96th birthday of Bradford Washburn focuses on the use of historic photographs and maps to document landscape dynamics and evolution and to document Earth's response to human and natural forces.
Quaternary Geology; Geomorphology; Environmental Geoscience
P8. When One Planet Isn't Enough: Celebrating 25 Years of Solar System Exploration
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Sun., 22 Oct., 1:30–5:30 p.m.
R. Aileen Yingst, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wis.; Herbert Frey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.; Louise Prockter, Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Md.
The Planetary Geology Division is proud to be celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Division of the Geological Society of America. In this session, the Division presents a selection of important, influential, and exciting discoveries, results, or controversies in planetary geology in the past 25 years.
Planetary Geology
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