Topical Sessions

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Topical Sessions

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These sessions are topically focused, with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. They are sorted by primary discipline, but most sessions are designed to be interdisciplinary. Related disciplines are listed with each session.

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Sessions where Discipline Category = Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography

T4. Geochemical Proxies for Ancient Ocean Chemistry: Implications for Links Between Ocean Chemistry, Plate Tectonics, Sea Level, and Climate throughout the Late Precambrian and Phanerozoic
Cara K. Thompson, Troy Rasbury
This topical session will feature geochemical proxy studies that link ancient ocean chemistry with changes in climate state, sea level, plate tectonics, and the biosphere. Topics include isotope, major, trace, and rare earth element studies.
Geochemistry | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T11. New Developments and Applications in Sclerochronology
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; Paleontological Society
C. Fred T. Andrus, Donna Surge
Sclerochronology, the study of physical and chemical records in accretionary skeletons, is increasingly important in several disciplines. This session will highlight new geochemical methods, species validation studies, and applications in archaeology, ecology, paleoclimatology, and paleontology.
Archaeological Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T16. Cenozoic Ostracode Research: Developments in Paleoclimatology, Paleohydrology, Paleoecology, and Phylogenetics
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Alison J. Smith, Dave Horne, B. Brandon Curry
This session will focus on novel approaches in ostracode research (marine and non-marine) related to Cenozoic paleoclimate, paleohydrology, phylogenetics, and geochemistry. Highlights will include the PETM, Miocene and Pliocene warmth, and Quaternary environmental change.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T19. Recent Sea-Level Change in a Late Holocene Context
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Benjamin Horton, Andrew Kemp
Regional sea-level records from proxy reconstructions and tide-gauges provide appropriate and necessary context for current and projected rates of rise. Such records constrain the timing and magnitude of sea-level changes and their relationship to climate.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Marine/Coastal Science
T22. Using Buried Soils to Reconstruct Past Climates: Opportunities and Considerations
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Holly A. Meier, Jessica LB Monson, Ashley B. Zung
This session aims to (1) further investigate "soils as archives of past climates" using preserved pedogenic features, and (2) evaluate developed proxies for modern and ancient systems.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T110. New Perspectives on Modern and Ancient Rift Lakes
GSA Limnogeology Division
David B. Finkelstein, Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch
This session explores paleoclimate, geomicrobiology, geophysical, and geochemical signatures of modern and ancient rift lake environments and sediments. Topics will include geophysical, geochemical, and isotopic signatures of waters, microbes, and mineral facies.
Limnogeology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T118. Paleotempestology: Proxy Record Development and Climate Forcing Mechanisms
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 588—Preparing for Coastal Change; GSA International Section
Andrea D. Hawkes, Jon Woodruff, Daria Nikitina
We will explore new findings in paleotempestology record development, which identifies the timing and frequency/intensity of tropical cyclones. We welcome studies highlighting forcing mechanisms responsible for past/future cyclone variability. Integrated field, lab, and model analyses are encouraged.
Marine/Coastal Science | Geomorphology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T119. The Role of Microfossils in Environmental Monitoring
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Elizabeth A. Nesbitt, Ruth A. Martin
This session focuses on the use of micro-organisms, living or fossil, as indicators of environmental stress, including pollution, hypoxia, acidification, and climate change in coastal and estuarine settings.
Marine/Coastal Science | Environmental Geoscience | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T121. Rapid Sea-Level Rise and Its Impacts: Past, Present, and Future
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA International Section
George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, Stanley R. Riggs, Andrew M. Buddington
This session convenes leading scientists from diverse disciplines to present current research on one of the most compelling issues in the geosciences: rapid sea-level rise and the attendant threat to coastlines worldwide.
Marine/Coastal Science | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience
T122. Fossils Plants as Paleoenvironmental Recorders
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Dana L. Royer, Daniel J. Peppe
There are a growing number of tools for reconstructing paleoenvironments using fossil plants, ranging from isotopes to anatomy. This session will highlight paleobotanical proxy development and fossil case studies for reconstructing paleoclimate and paleoecology.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Geochemistry, Organic
T123. Biotracers, Mineralogical and Geochemical Properties of Circum-Arctic Sediment Sources, and Runoff toward the Arctic Ocean
D.A. Darby
Reviews and new information about the mineralogy, geochemistry, and biotracer content of sediment sources and abstracts on circum-Arctic continental erosion are encouraged for this session on the prospect of future Arctic IODP drilling.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Sediments, Clastic | Marine/Coastal Science
T124. Oceans and Climates through Earth History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments (Posters)
Cushman Foundation; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Society
Miriam E. Katz, Beth A. Christensen, David P. Gillikin, Alicia C.M. Kahn
This session brings together proxy and modeling studies to improve our understanding of rapid ocean and climate events, and shifts between long-term climate states, within the context of normal climate variability throughout Earth's history.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T125. Quantitative Cenozoic Terrestrial Climate Reconstructions in the Northern Hemisphere: Evidence from Paleo-Proxies and Beyond
Paleontological Society
Yusheng (Christopher) Liu, Torsten Utescher
The session will address the Cenozoic terrestrial climate reconstructions in the Northern Hemisphere by integrating evidence from various paleo-proxies and modeling experiments.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T126. Late Triassic Climates, Environments, and Life on Pangaean North America
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
S.I. Dworkin, Lee Nordt, Stacy Atchley
This session evaluates the state of research concerning Late Triassic environmental conditions preceding the Tr/Jr mass extinction. Disciplines reviewed include paleogeography, paleobotany, paleontology, palynology, paleopedology, stratigraphy, and paleoceanographic conditions.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Stratigraphy | Geochemistry
T127. Terrestrial Proxies of Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment in Deep Time
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Geochemical Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Lauren A. Michel, Jennifer M. Cotton, Ethan Hyland
This session focuses on advances in new proxy techniques as well as reconstructions of past environmental and climatic conditions for the terrestrial ecosystems as analogs for the impacts of future anthropogenically driven climate change.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry | Sediments, Clastic
T140. The Big Kill: Paleobiological, Geochemical, and Modeling Studies of the Permian–Triassic Boundary Mass Extinction
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Arne M.E. Winguth, Thomas J. Algeo, David Bottjer
This session features recent research of sedimentary, geochemical, paleobiological, and paleogeographical records and modeling studies to improve the understanding of the mass extinction near the Permian–Triassic boundary.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T141. Pantropical Paleontology of the Marine Cenozoic
Paleontological Society
Paul D. Taylor, Kenneth G. Johnson, Willem Renema
The evolution of high marine biodiversity in the tropics is poorly understood. Recent research in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indo-Pacific makes it opportune to discuss new findings and ways forward.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T162. Integrative Studies of Sedimentary Marine and Fluvial Cretaceous Deposits along the Western Margin of the North Atlantic Basin (Posters)
Paleontological Society; Eastern Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
William Burleigh Harris, Jean M. Self-Trail
This session will bring together scientists with a variety of backgrounds to discuss how Cretaceous interactions among the oceans, biosphere, and climate affected deposition and sedimentation on the western edge of the Atlantic Continental Margin.
Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T166. Controls on Terrestrial Dispersed Organic Carbon d13C Values from Diagenesis to Climate
Geochemical Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Brady Z. Foreman, A. Baczynski, Clement Bataille, Aaron Wood
We seek presentations that evaluate potential causes for d13C variability in dispersed organic carbon. The sources of variation can include sample preparation, diagenetic alteration, facies dependence, vegetation regime, atmospheric CO2, and local environmental conditions.
Stratigraphy | Geochemistry, Organic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T169. Cyclicity and Hierarchy in the Clastic Stratigraphic Record
GSA International Section
Brian W. Romans, Jacob A. Covault, Stephen M. Hubbard
The documentation of cyclical and hierarchical patterns in the stratigraphic record has led to interpretations of systematic forcings and apparently improved predictability. This session will explore these themes at a range of scales.
Stratigraphy | Sediments, Clastic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography