Topical Sessions

Topical Sessions

Pardee Keynote Symposia

Special Sessions

Discipline Sessions

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.

DIGITAL POSTER SESSIONS:   T26, T100, T109, T119

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T1. Curiosity at Gale—Past and Present Environments of Mars
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Kenneth S. Edgett, Juergen S. Schieber, Linda C. Kah
Mars exploration is revealing a wealth of information regarding the early evolution of the terrestrial planets. We encourage contributions focused on geology in Gale crater via data collected by the Curiosity Rover and orbiting spacecraft.
Planetary Geology | Sediments, Clastic | Geomorphology
T2. From the Sahara to Mars and Beyond: The History and Future of Aeolian Research (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Society for Aeolian Research; Society for Sedimentary Research; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division
Nicholas Lancaster, Alan F. Halfen
Ralph A. Bagnold explored the deserts of Libya more than 75 years ago and effectively created the field of modern aeolian science, which today extends millions of miles beyond the dunes of the Sahara to Mars. This session will explore the history of aeolian research and highlight current advances and future research avenues within the field through a mixture of presentations by internationally renowned career scientists, early-career scientists, and students.
Quaternary Geology | Sediments, Clastic | Planetary Geology
T4. Geologic Mapping of Planetary Bodies across the Solar System
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Debra L. Buczkowski, Danielle Y. Wyrick
We encourage abstract submissions related to the description of the geologic mapping (and subsequent analysis) of solid solar system bodies, including the terrestrial planets, moons, and asteroids.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | Stratigraphy
T5. Impact Cratering in the Solar System: Fire to Ice—Vacuum to Atmospheres
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Jeffrey B. Plescia, Christian Koeberl, Mark B. Boslough
This session focuses on the nature of impacts, with terrestrial craters providing ground-truth for the interpretation of planetary craters. Contributions regarding morphology, shock processes, materials, modeling, impactor evolution, and airburst phenomena are solicited. Comparisons of cratering among planets are encouraged.
Planetary Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geochemistry
T6. Landscape Evolution on the Terrestrial Planets: The G.K. Gilbert Award Session
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Robert C. Anderson
We encourage abstracts on the description and evolution of planetary landscapes related to fluvial geomorphic processes, meteorite bombardment, and sublimation, including modeling and terrestrial analogs. Oral presentations will be given by the awardee, colleagues, and former students.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | No Selection
T7. Lunar Water from Surface to the Interior: Origin and Distribution
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Y. Liu, Francis McCubbin, Lawrence A. Taylor
This session seeks to bring together diverse aspects of lunar water research and promote discussion of resent results of lunar water studies from surface to the interior.
Planetary Geology | Geochemistry | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T10. The Surprising Innermost Planet
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Carolyn M. Ernst, Brett W. Denevi
Orbital observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft have shown that Mercury is unusual among the terrestrial planets in many respects. This session will showcase findings from recent geological, geochemical, and geophysical investigations of Mercury's surface and interior.
Planetary Geology | No Selection | No Selection
T11. Topics in Planetary Geology (Posters)
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn, Robert C. Anderson
The wide diversity of solar system bodies encompasses a broad range of geological processes and histories. We encourage submissions of poster abstracts on topics of current interest in the field of planetary geology.
Planetary Geology | No Selection | No Selection
T12. Voyager to New Horizons: Exploring Surface and Interior Processes of Icy Worlds
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Emily S. Martin, D. Alex Patthoff, Simon A. Kattenhorn
We invite abstracts relating to surface processes, structural and tectonic processes, interiors, and thermal evolution of icy satellites, KBOs, and planetary analogs. This includes experimental, observational, and theoretical modeling approaches.
Planetary Geology | Structural Geology | Tectonics
T13. Celebrating Advances in Archaeological Geology: Past, Present, and Future
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Laura R. Murphy, Christopher L. Hill, Justin A. Holcomb
This session focuses on the history of interactions between geosciences and archaeology. We welcome papers that address the history of archaeological geology as well as the present and future of applied geoscience methodologies to archaeology.
Archaeological Geology | Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology
T14. Geologic Hazards in Archaeological Contexts
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Breanyn MacInnes, Vera Ponomareva, Erik Gjesfjeld
Geologic hazards provide valuable time markers in archaeological excavations, but these events had potentially devastating impacts on ancient populations. This session seeks papers that explore the chronological and anthropological impacts of ancient geologic hazards.
Archaeological Geology | Quaternary Geology | Stratigraphy
T16. Carbon and Landscape Dynamics
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Ellen Wohl, Mary Ann Madej
Geoscientists provide unique insight regarding sources of fossil carbon, terrestrial, and aquatic transfer of carbon, and carbon sequestration over diverse time periods. This session reviews geosciences contributions to understanding carbon dynamics and highlights outstanding questions.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T17. Coupling Interactions between Fluvial and Aeolian Processes in Drylands: Assessment and Quantification of Their Role in Geomorphological Change and in an Era of Climatic Uncertainty
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Margaret Hiza Redsteer, Amy E. Draut, Rian Bogle
Processes of landscape mobility and land degradation by erosion are affected by the coupling of transport by wind and water. This session draws attention to their relevance in studies of climate change and land use.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology | Sediments, Clastic
T18. Critical Zone Evolution: Climate and Exhumation
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory
Suzanne P. Anderson, David P. Dethier, Gregory E. Tucker, Robert S. Anderson
The architecture of the critical zone (CZ)—its thickness, character, and three-dimensional shape—is governed by erosion and weathering. We encourage submissions that explore processes, rates, and feedbacks among climate, rock type, and exhumation that drive CZ evolution.
Geomorphology | Geochemistry | Hydrogeology
T21. Peaks to Plains: Late Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Rocky Mountains and Western Great Plains
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Margaret E. McMillan, Eric M. Leonard
This session explores the effects of driving versus resisting forces on erosion, uplift, and exhumation of the U.S. Rocky Mountains and adjacent Great Plains. We encourage all field, laboratory, and modeling studies of form and process in this distinctive region.
Geomorphology | Tectonics | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T22. Quantifying Mountain Evolution from the Lithosphere to the Landscape
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Geochemical Society
Alison Duvall, Brian J. Yanites, Delores M. Robinson
This session will unite geoscientists who integrate modeling and observations of processes at different space and time scales to understand how mountain systems evolve. Processes can be tectonic or geomorphic.
Geomorphology | Tectonics | Structural Geology
T24. Climate Change in the Interior Western United States from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Eric M. Leonard, Benjamin J.C. Laabs
This session examines changing climate in the Interior Western U.S. from the Last Glacial Maximum through the establishment of the modern climate regime in the Holocene. Modeling and proxy-data studies of patterns, magnitudes, and rates of climate change are encouraged.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geomorphology
T25. Deserts: Quaternary Hydro-Geomorphic, Climatic, and Environmental Changes in the World's Deserts—Honoring Prof. Farouk El-Baz
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Yehouda Enzel, Stephen G. Wells
Changes and processes in the world's deserts at all temporal and spatial scales using data gathered through methodologies derived from Quaternary geology, geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology. The session will honor Prof. Farouk El-Baz.
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | No Selection
T26. 3-D Visualization in the Geological Science (Digital Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; The University of Kansas; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Alan F. Halfen
This digital poster session will highlight the application of 3-D visualization in geological science, including mapping, basin analysis, geoscience education, and others. Presenters will have the option to display some material using a 3-D display.
Geomorphology | Geoscience Education | Structural Geology
T27. Geomorphic Response to Quaternary Climate Change: A Session in Memory of James C. Knox
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
William C. Johnson, Joseph A. Mason
This session will pay tribute to the legacy of James C. Knox. During his 43-year career, Jim made major contributions to fluvial geomorphology and sedimentology, flood hydrology, paleopedology, and forcing by climate and land-use change.
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T30. Past Records and Future Challenges of Glacier and Ice Sheet Response to Climate Change; Honoring and Building on the Legacy of Mark Meier
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Scott Lundstrom, Andrew G. Fountain, Carolyn L. Driedger, W. Tad Pfeffer
Glaciers are globally important to water resources, sea level, ecosystems, and much more. This session welcomes glaciologic and glacial geologic reports on past, current, and future glacial response to climate change on various timescales.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience
T31. Recent Advances in Understanding Great Basin Paleoclimate
Guleed AH Ali, Kenneth D. Adams
This session encourages presentation of new observations and geochronology leading toward new interpretations of Pleistocene and Holocene lake level changes and other climate-related effects in the western U.S. Great Basin.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Limnogeology
T32. The Co-Evolution of Soils and Landscapes in the Quaternary
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Todd G. Caldwell, Martha Cary Eppes
Soils result from a coupling between biotic and abiotic factors and are inextricably linked to the landscapes in which they form. This session welcomes research linking pedogenesis and/or weathering to surficial processes, and vice-versa.
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | Hydrogeology
T33. The Snowmastodon Project: A Multi-Proxy Approach to Understanding the Response of Alpine Ecosystems to Climate Change in the Colorado Rockies
Jeffrey S. Pigati, Ian Miller, Kirk Johnson, R. Scott Anderson
Paleoclimatic proxy records from a world-class paleontologic site near Snowmass Village, Colorado, provide insight into how alpine ecosystems responded to climate change in the Rocky Mountains during the last interglacial period.
Quaternary Geology | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T34. Advances in Unsaturated Zone Geophysics
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists-U.S. National Chapter
John W. Lane Jr, Kamini Singha
This session focuses on geophysical methods for quantitative estimation and imaging of unsaturated zone hydrologic properties and processes. Laboratory- to field–scale examples of new methods to acquire, analyze, and interpret vadose zone geophysics are encouraged.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T36. Impacts of Land-Use Change and Disturbances on Unsaturated-Zone Ecohydrology
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Unsaturated Zone Interest Group (UZIG); International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Geology and Society Division
Kim S. Perkins, David Bedford, Darren Sandquist
Land-use change profoundly impacts unsaturated-zone biotic and hydrologic processes, such as subsurface moisture dynamics, infiltration and runoff, sedimentary erosion and deposition, biodiversity, and ecological function. This session will explore recent work in assessing these process changes and related effects.
Hydrogeology | No Selection | No Selection
T38. Vadose Zone Flow and Transport in Natural or Engineered Systems Under Extreme Conditions
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Unsaturated Zone Interest Group (UZIG); International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Zhuanfang F. Zhang, Hui-Hai Liu, Jianting Zhu
This session seeks theoretical or experimental studies, measurement techniques, simulations, and technologies involving flow and solute transport at low water content, in very coarse materials, low-permeability media, fractured systems, soil-gravel mixtures, and across the soil texture interfaces.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | No Selection
T40. Applications and Developments of Coupled Hydrologic Models
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Christopher S. Lowry, Richard G. Niswonger, Reed M. Maxwell
The focus of this session will be the use and development of coupled/linked hydrologic models in research and resource management.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology
T41. Contaminant Migration through the Groundwater–Surface-Water Interface: Processes, Impacts, and Implications for Remediation
GSA Hydrogeology Division
David R. Lee, Brewster Conant Jr, Philippe Van Cappellen
What effect does the interface have on the fate and ecological impacts of groundwater contaminants passing through it? We seek papers concerning biogeochemical and transport processes within the interface and implications for attenuation and remediation.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T42. Current Groundwater Challenges in the Rocky Mountain Region
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Colorado Ground Water Association GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Theresa Jehn-Dellaport, Matt Welsh, Kurt Hinaman, Ralf Topper, Kevin Boyce
This session will capture the recent status of regional critical groundwater supply issues in alluvial and bedrock aquifers. Our goal is to present a socially relevant update on the impact of this precious water resource in our Great American Desert.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology
T43. Ecohydrological Impacts from Climate-Induced Changes in Land Cover and Vegetation in Mountain Environments
John E. McCray, Kristin M. Mikkelson, Nicholas B. Engdahl
Climate change can increase ecosystem susceptibility to pests and other stressors, which can lead to large-scale disturbances that subsequently alter hydrology and biogeochemistry. This session discusses the impacts climate-induced phenomena, such as insect infestations have on biogeochemistry, water-quality and quantity.
Hydrogeology | No Selection | No Selection
T44. Environmental Arsenic: The Nexus of Natural Occurrences and Human Health
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development; GSA International Section; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology
Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee, Saugata Datta, Karen Johannesson, Mohammad Alauddin
Geogenic arsenic contaminates drinking water resources, soils, and crops, and a comprehensive approach for risk assessment is necessary for sustainable mitigation.
Hydrogeology | Geology and Health | Environmental Geoscience
T46. Experimental Study and Numerical Simulation of Reactive Chemical Transport in Complex Subsurface Media
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Bill Hu, David A. Benson, David A. Benson
This session is focused on new ideas and methods for experiments, observation, and modeling of reactive chemical transport in heterogeneous media.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry
T47. Founders or Leaders in Hydrogeology
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
John Moore, Joseph Rosenshein
Abstracts are sought regarding hydrogeologists who have made exceptional contributions to the science of hydrogeology in the United States.
Hydrogeology | History and Philosophy of Geology | No Selection
T48. Ground-Source Geothermal Energy Systems: A Significant Emerging Resource
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Carolyn B. Dowling, Lee J. Florea, Klaus Neumann
This session welcomes all aspects of research on geothermal energy, such as geophysical and engineering methods and water resource issues.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Petroleum/Energy
T49. Groundwater Extremes: Groundwater’s Role in Drought, Floods, Depletion, Subsidence, Landslides, and Sea-Level Rise
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists-U.S. National Chapter; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
William L. Cunningham, Rodney A. Sheets Jr, Thomas J. Burbey
Groundwater is integral to many extreme hydrologic events and geologic hazards, yet its role is often underappreciated and sometimes ignored. This session provides a forum for groundwater-based research related to these events and hazards.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology
T52. Innovative Teaching of Hydrogeology
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Peter E. Riemersma, Susan Swanson, Maureen A. Muldoon
We encourage abstracts that showcase effective methods of teaching hydrogeology in the classroom, laboratory, and field. We especially solicit presentations that highlight advances in the discipline and those that successfully address fundamental concepts of hydrogeology.
Hydrogeology | Geoscience Education | No Selection
T53. Mountain Groundwater: Recent Advancements in the New Era of Climate Change and Resource Development
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Andrew H. Manning, Jonathan Saul Caine, Lyndsay B. Ball
Mountain hydrologic systems are rapidly evolving in the face of climate warming and competing resource needs. We welcome abstracts from multiple disciplines that provide new perspectives and understanding of mountain groundwater under these mounting pressures.
Hydrogeology | Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T54. Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere—Building on the Legacy of Austin Post
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Bruce F. Molnia
As a celebration of the legacy of Austin Post, papers are sought that demonstrate innovative uses of remote sensing, in the broadest sense, to provide new information about glaciers, sea ice, permafrost, river ice, and snow.
Hydrogeology | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Quaternary Geology
T55. Secondary Water Quality Effects of Natural and Enhanced Attenuation of Contaminants
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Isabelle M. Cozzarelli, Douglas B. Kent, Madeline E. Schreiber
Anaerobic conditions in contaminant plumes can create secondary plumes containing elements not present in the contaminant source. In this session, we will probe hydrologic and biogeochemical processes that control development and persistence of such secondary plumes.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Geomicrobiology
T56. Streams and Aquifers: Integrating the Physical and Chemical
Christopher S. Lowry, Richelle Allen-King, Cailin H. Orr, C. Kent Keller
This session will present a range of research that inspires new methods or combinations of methods using physical and chemical sampling to better quantify surface/subsurface processes and interactions.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T57. Understanding Contaminant Fate and Transport in Unconsolidated Aquifers—A Session on the Occasion of 30 Years of Long-Term Research at the Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology Field Site
Richard L. Smith, Douglas B. Kent, Denis LeBlanc
Presentations are solicited that advance our understanding of contaminant transport and interactions in unconsolidated aquifers. Especially welcome are presentations with field components, from laboratory studies with field materials to theoretical studies with a field application.
Hydrogeology | Geomicrobiology | Geochemistry
T58. 125 Years Underground: A Retrospective and Prospective of Cave and Karst Research
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI); GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
George Veni, Lewis Land
Caves and karst were once viewed as geologic curiosities but are now recognized as important features and terrains. This session reviews 125 years of cave/karst science, emphasizing the last 50 years, and looks toward future advancements.
Karst | Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience
T59. Assessing Hazards and Groundwater Contamination in Karst (Posters)
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Yongli Gao
Groundwater contamination and hazards such as sinkholes are the two most common environmental concerns in karst lands. This session focuses on advancements in technology and approaches for hazard assessment and contamination investigation in karst areas.
Karst | Hydrogeology | Engineering Geology
T60. Caves as Deep Time Repositories of Geological, Biological, and Anthropological Information
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI); SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Joshua M. Feinberg, E. Calvin Alexander Jr
Caves serve as deep time repositories of scientific information. This session welcomes contributions utilizing cave deposits to create time series of original data that capture information about the evolution of geologic, biologic, and anthropological systems.
Karst | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Hydrogeology
T61. Karst 2.0: Orogenies and Glaciers and Faulting—Oh My! The Impact of Changing Geologic Conditions on Existing Karst Terrane and the New Tools and Techniques We Have to Study It
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Cory W. Blackeagle
Once established, how does karst terrain change in response to subsequent changes in its region’s geologic setting? How are those changes from initial conditions recognized? What cutting-edge technologies are being used in karst research today?
Karst | Geomorphology | Hydrogeology
T62. The Epikarst as a Boundary and Critical Zone
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Benjamin F. Schwartz, Madeline E. Schreiber
We welcome work on epikarst, including modeling, field studies, and novel method developments, that advances our understanding of hydrobiogeochemical processes, physical constraints, and environmental controls on epikarst function as a surface-subsurface boundary and critical zone.
Karst | Hydrogeology | Geochemistry
T63. Transport and Transformation of Non-Solute Materials in Karst Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Ellen K. Herman, Michael Sinreich, Dorothy J. Vesper
This interdisciplinary session focuses on innovative studies and techniques related to the transport and transformation of non-solute materials in karst waters. We invite abstracts related to sediments, particulate-tracers, contaminants (especially non-aqueous phase liquids), and biota.
Karst | Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience
T64. Lacustrine Basin Analysis and Petroleum Systems: Ancient Case Studies, Modern Analogs, New Frontiers
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Michael M. McGlue, Geoffrey Ellis, Shuichang Zhang
This session will encompass the evolution of our understanding of lacustrine geology, including research on the geology, geochemistry, and geophysics of lake basins (modern and ancient), with special relevance to petroleum systems development.
Limnogeology | Stratigraphy | Petroleum/Energy
T65. Lakes and Lake Deposits on Earth and Mars
GSA Limnogeology Division
Johan Varekamp, Nathalie Cabrol
Remote sensing and observer data indicate that lake deposits are common on Mars. We invite papers on comparative paleolimnology between Mars and Earth: sediment mineralogy, lake water geochemistry, and modern terrestrial analogs for Mars lakes.
Limnogeology | Planetary Geology | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T66. New or Improved Proxy Methodology for Enhanced Resolution and Accuracy of Climatic and Paleoenvironmental Interpretations in Sedimentary Records
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Michael Sperazza, Amy Myrbo
This session will serve as an examination of advances in climatic and environmental proxies to enhance our understanding and the accuracy of interpretations.
Limnogeology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Sediments, Clastic
T68. World of Lakes
GSA Limnogeology Division
Amy Myrbo
Lacustrine records continually provide new insights into terrestrial paleoconditions. Limnogeology and paleolimnology have taken tremendous strides in the past 50 years. This session invites all contributions related to lake research.
Limnogeology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | No Selection
T69. Learning from the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy
E. Christa Farmer, J. Bret Bennington, Steven Leone
How are data collected on the track, winds, storm surge, flooding, and sedimentation associated with hurricane/post-tropical cyclone Sandy being used to better understand past storms and predict future storms and their impacts?
Marine/Coastal Science | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience
T70. Advances in Principles and Practice of Engineering Geology During the Past 50 Years
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists; USGS–Landslide Hazards Program
William H. Schulz, Dennis M. Staley
Advances in tools and techniques for evaluating data and modeling improve the ability of engineering geologists to mitigate hazards and adverse geologic conditions. We encourage presentations on advances in principles and practices of engineering geology.
Engineering Geology | Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology
T71. Capturing Variability and Uncertainty in Geology for Risk Assessment and Reliability-Based Design (Posters)
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Commission No. 1 of International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment; Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
Norman S. Levine, Samantha E. Hansen, Jeffrey R. Keaton, Matthew B. Morris
Geologists use dashed and queried lines to represent variability and uncertainty, but these aspects are not documented or quantified for communication with non-geologists. This session will focus on capturing and communicating uncertainty for broad use.
Engineering Geology | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geology and Public Policy
T72. Debris Flows
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Jason W. Kean, Brian W. McArdell, Richard M. Iverson
We encourage submissions related to all aspects of debris-flow research, including debris-flow mechanics and modeling, controlled experiments, field observations, mitigation strategies, early warning, and effects on landscape evolution.
Engineering Geology | Geomorphology | No Selection
T73. GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental and Engineering Geology
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Norman S. Levine, John Chadwick, Khalid A. Ali
GIS and remote sensing technologies are essential tools in environmental and engineering geology. This session will highlight case studies and cutting-edge applications of the technologies for visualization and interpretation of applied geologic problems.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T74. Landslide Evolution: Long-Term Studies of Landslides and the Realities (or Surprises) They Reveal
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Jeffrey A. Coe, Mark E. Reid
We encourage abstracts on long-term or multiple-event studies of all types of landslides or landslide terrains that use instrumental or observational monitoring, multi-temporal imagery, experimental apparatus, dating of past activity, or predictions of future behavior.
Engineering Geology | Geomorphology | Hydrogeology
T75. Landslide Inventories, Data Dissemination, and Risk Reduction
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; USGS–Landslide Hazards Program; Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
Matthew M. Crawford, William J. Burns, Lynn M. Highland
This session is designed to highlight landslide inventories and how landslide hazard information is effectively delivered to different audiences that can apply it to risk reduction.
Engineering Geology | Geomorphology | Environmental Geoscience
T76. A Century of Geoscience on National Forests and Grasslands — Stewardship, Education, and Research
GSA Geology and Society Division; USDA Forest Service; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Christopher P. Carlson, Michael A. Crump, Melody R. Holm, Joseph T. Gurrieri
This session will feature geologic resources and geoscience research conducted on U.S. National Forests and Grasslands. Topics include paleontology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, geo-ecology, geologic hazards, cave and karst resources, geologic engineering, and interpretive and recreational geology.
Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Public Policy | Geoscience Education
T77. Environmental and Social Implications of Hydraulic-Fracturing–Driven Oil and Gas Development: Toward a More Holistic Assessment
GSA Geology and Society Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists-U.S. National Chapter; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Zachary H. Bowen, Victor M. Heilweil, Peter B. McMahon, Christopher J. Potter, Avner Vengosh
This session provides a forum for those studying the environmental and socioeconomic effects of hydraulic-fracturing–driven oil and gas development to share their research and experience and to discuss new approaches for doing coordinated assessments.
Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Public Policy | No Selection
T78. Environmental Impacts of Coal Utilization
GSA Coal Geology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division
Laura Ruhl, Amrika Deonarine
This session explores the environmental impacts associated with coal utilization. Relevant topics include fate of coal combustion byproducts, emissions from coal fired power plants, and environmental and health impacts of coal mining.
Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry | Coal Geology
T79. Geochemical Mapping at Regional to Continental Scales
Geochemical Society; International Association of GeoChemistry
David B. Smith, Laurel G. Woodruff
This session will focus on results from regional- to continental-scale geochemical mapping studies conducted for either mineral exploration or environmental management. The emphasis will be on broad-scale studies, but we also welcome presentations from more local- or site-specific investigations.
Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry | Geology and Health
T80. Geology for the Common Good: Sustainable Resources for the 21st Century
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Gregory R. Wessel
This session focuses on the future of mineral and energy resource utilization, how mining can evolve to become part of a sustainable economy, unconventional and waste-stream recovery, and the resulting challenges faced by geoscientists.
Environmental Geoscience | Economic Geology | Geology and Public Policy
T81. Geomorphology and Hydrology Impacts from Wildfires: Advances in Our Understanding over the Last 50 Years
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; USGS–Landslide Hazards Program
Jerome V. De Graff, Paul Santi, Dennis M. Staley
An examination of advances and continuing problems in understanding, modeling, and predicting how wildfire promotes changes in the landscape, resulting in flood and debris flow hazards.
Environmental Geoscience | Geomorphology | Engineering Geology
T82. Geosciences and International Development
Geoscientist Without Borders; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Geoscientists for International Development; Affiliation of Christian Geologists
Jeffrey Greenberg, J.E. Fryxell, Gary T. LaVanchy
This session offers presentations describing the application of geological principles for the improvement and solution of problems involving natural resource availability, environmental health, and land-use practices.
Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology | Geology and Health
T83. Impact of Winter De-Icing Chemicals on Water Quality and the Environment
Rudolph Hon
De-icing and anti-icing chemicals applied to road surfaces cause increasing levels of Cl and Na in GW/SW in the northern Snow Belt states. This session seeks new studies and results on this subject.
Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology | Geochemistry
T86. Intersections of Sustainability and Geosciences
Western Kentucky University Hoffman Environmental Research Institute
Leslie North, Robert Brinkmann
Papers are sought for a special session on sustainability and the geosciences. The session seeks to highlight the work of researchers that combine the fields of sustainability and geoscience to examine environmental and/or societal problems.
Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T88. Pyrogenic Black Carbon, or Biochar, in Soils and Sediments, Its Characterization and Fate, Its Effects on the Carbon Cycle and Carbon Sequestration, and Its Effects on Soil Properties (Posters)
GSA Coal Geology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Colleen E. Rostad, David W. Rutherford
This session addresses pyrogenic carbon in soils and sediments. The presence of this material can have profound effects on the nature of soil and an increasing role to play in carbon sequestration.
Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry, Organic | No Selection
T89. The Sandy Beaches of Atlantis: Success Stories and Cautionary Tales for Coastal Development
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
R. Laurence Davis, Stephen G. Pollock, Robert Young
Coastal development practices frequently increase exposure to geologic hazards. This session will examine case studies that exemplify “good” and “bad” approaches to coastal development and long-term climate change adaptation along with implications for public policy.
Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology | Geology and Public Policy
T90. Digital Geosciences: A Framework for Data-Intensive, Multi-Disciplinary Research and Education
GSA Geoinformatics Division
M. Lee Allison, Kerstin A. Lehnert
Efforts are underway to integrate rapidly growing data streams and technologies into an open, adaptable, sustainable framework for data-intensive, multidisciplinary geoscience research compatible with high-performance computing, large and small data sets, scalable software, and modeling.
Geoinformatics | Geoscience Information/Communication | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T91. Geological and Geomorphological Applications of Digital Terrain Analysis
GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Carlos Henrique Grohmann, Christopher J. Crosby
Digital terrain data provide insight into Earth’s topography, allowing quantification of processes and spatial relationship of features. We welcome contributions highlighting advances in methods, algorithms, and applications of digital terrain analysis to geology and geomorphology.
Geoinformatics | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Geomorphology
T97. Evolution of REE-Enriched Carbonatite-Alkalic Rock Systems: In Honor of Daniel R. Shawe
Ed DeWitt
Studies of deposits from throughout the world are welcome, including research on magmatic and hydrothermal mineral deposits, mineralogy, whole rock and isotope geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, tectonic setting, source regions, weathering, and formation of supergene deposits.
Economic Geology | Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry
T98. Recent Advances and Applications of Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology to Ore Deposit Studies
Geochemical Society; Society of Economic Geologists; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Matthew E. Brueseke, George D. Kamenov, Ryan Mathur, James A. Saunders
Research on ore deposits is becoming increasingly important as society relies on technology that utilizes deposit resources. This session will highlight all aspects of ore deposit formation, with an emphasis on contemporary approaches utilizing geochronology and isotope analyses.
Economic Geology | Geochemistry | No Selection
T99. Sediment-Hosted Base Metal Deposits
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Society of Economic Geologists
J. Richard Kyle, Martin Appold
This session aims to highlight current research on the characterization and origin of the diverse types of base metal deposits that have formed within sedimentary basins throughout geologic history.
Economic Geology | Geochemistry | No Selection
T100. What’s Left? Hands on with the Results of the First Global Mineral Resource Assessment (Digital Posters)
U.S. Geological Survey
Jane M. Hammarstrom
Highlights of the first global assessment of undiscovered resources of copper, platinum-group elements (PGE), and potash: Identified resources, estimates of undiscovered resources, regional assessment results, new tools for assessment, and applications to societal issues.
Economic Geology | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Geology and Public Policy
T101. Celebrating 125 Years of Coal and Source Rock Science: From Fundamental Principles to Applied Technology
GSA Coal Geology Division
Jennifer M.K. O'Keefe, Mark A. Engle, Victoria Hudspith
This session highlights recent advances in coal science. Topics include, but are not limited to, characterization of coal and coal combustion products, organic petrology, coal gasification/liquefaction, coalbed methane, carbon sequestration, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology.
Coal Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Petroleum/Energy
T103. Fluids, Stress, and Episodicity in Subduction Settings: What We Need to Know
Society of Economic Geologists; GSA Geophysics Division
Jeffrey W. Hedenquist, Lawrence M. Cathles III, Kéiko H. Hattori
Fluids are ubiquitous in subduction settings, involved with metamorphism, magmatism, seismicity, the formation of metal deposits, etc. This multidisciplinary session will examine what we need to know to understand episodic fluid movement.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Hydrogeology | Economic Geology
T104. From Mantle to Mountains: Cenozoic Evolution of the Interior West
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Joel Pederson, Rebecca Flowers, Brandon Schmandt
Recent multidisciplinary research is transforming our understanding of the evolution and causes of the Interior West's seminal landscapes. This session will link diverse studies of deep and surficial systems important to regional Cenozoic landscape evolution.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geomorphology | Tectonics
T106. Geophysical/Remote Sensing Characterization of Rare Earth Element and Other Critical Mineral Deposits
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Anne E. McCafferty, Anjana K. Shah
Geophysical surveys are key to the discovery and characterization of REE and critical mineral deposits. This session encourages innovative analyses of geophysical and complimentary petrophysical and mineralogical studies that contribute to understanding these important deposits.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Economic Geology
T107. Integrated Geologic and Geophysical Studies of Hydrothermal Systems in Extensional or Transtensional Settings
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Jonathan Glen, Wendy Calvin, Anne E. Egger
This session focuses on integrated geologic and geophysical studies investigating the kinematic and structural controls on hydrothermal systems in extensional settings, including case histories, modeling, and technology, or theoretical developments.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Structural Geology | Tectonics
T108. Combining Geophysics and Geology: The George P. Woollard Award Session
GSA Geophysics Division
Audrey Huerta, Samantha E. Hansen
This session honors the recipient of the George P. Woollard for his or her outstanding geophysics contributions that advance our understanding of geology. Contributions combining geophysics and geology to solve geologic problems are welcome.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Tectonics | No Selection
T111. The Structure and Evolution of the North American Lithosphere: An Integrated Perspective
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Kevin Mickus, G. Randy Keller
Geophysical methods have been instrumental in our understanding of the evolution of the North American lithosphere. This session will present examples of integrated investigations of the structure and evolution of the North American lithosphere.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Tectonics | Structural Geology
T112. Use of Seismic Models in Non-Seismology Studies
Will Levandowski, Craig Jones
This session aims to convene workers in a variety of fields who make use of seismic models, especially quantitatively, in addressing broader tectonic or dynamic questions.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Tectonics | Geochemistry
T113. 16 Years of GeoCorpsTM—Geoscience Projects Impacting America’s Public Lands and Natural Resources
Matthew Dawson, Elizabeth Norby
GSA’s GeoCorps America program has been going strong since 1997. This session highlights some of the many impacts GeoCorps projects have had on America’s public lands, including National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management sites.
Geoscience Education | Hydrogeology | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T114. Changes in the Undergraduate Research Experience over Time: Perspectives from Individual Mentors, Departments, and Institutions (Posters)
Council on Undergraduate Research
Laura A. Guertin, P. Lee Phillips, Dan K. Moore
With advances in technology, increased field access, changes in funding, increased interdisciplinary work, etc., undergraduate research mentoring and programs have changed. This session encourages submissions from mentors, departments, and institutions to describe evolving practices.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T115. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Education and Community Outreach Efforts to Enable Responsible Decisions
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Climate Literacy Network
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Susan Buhr, Jeffrey Ryan
Abstracts focusing on descriptions of efforts for pre-college (students & teachers), higher education, informal education audiences, and community outreach, including materials, activities, curriculum, capstone projects, service learning, professional development programs, and community activities, are encouraged.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience
T116. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Results from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network
Anne Gold, Karen McNeal
This session focuses on what education, social, and cognitive research and project evaluation can tell us about misconceptions and incorrect mental models that hinder the understanding of the complex climate system.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T117. Developing and Sustaining Thriving Geoscience Programs and Departments: Strategies and Examples from Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division)
Lynsey E. LeMay, R. Heather Macdonald, Peter J. Berquist
Strategies for developing and sustaining thriving geoscience programs are varied across institution types, yet much can be learned from shared successes. Suggested topics include issues related to faculty, including adjuncts, students, building curriculum, and administration.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T118. Developing Exemplary Support Programs for K–12 Geoscience to Meet Next Generation Science Standards
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Michael J. Passow
Learn how geoscience societies, agencies, universities, and informal science institutions will provide significant support as states and schools implement the Next Generation Science Standards and new STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) curricula.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T119. Digital Geology Express (Digital Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division); GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and T
Declan G. De Paor, Stephen J. Whitmeyer, John Bailey, Callan Bentley
A modification of the speed-dating format from GSA 2012, this fast-paced session will link presenters and active participants in a blend of digital poster and workshop formats. To participate in the afternoon interaction with the speakers, please sign up at http://www.digitalplanet.org/site/Events.html.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics
T120. Dual-Credit Classes and Other Collaborative Strategies for Recruiting High School Students into College Geoscience Programs
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Dirk Baron, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Janice M. Gillespie
We encourage contributions on dual-credit/concurrent-enrollment geoscience classes taught at high schools and supported by college faculty as well as on other successful collaborations for recruiting high school students into geoscience majors.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T121. Educating the Next Generation of Geoscientists: Effective Strategies That Engage Students, Invest in the Future Geoscience Workforce, and Increase Participation of Members of Historically Underrepresented Communities in the Geosciences
Shondricka Burrell, Diane F. Maygarden, Lisa D. White
This session highlights uniquely designed practices that engage underrepresented students in the geosciences and is open to faculty, mentors, and students interested in sharing effective strategies, measured results, and forward-looking thoughts on advancing the geosciences.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T122. Geoheritage and Sense of Place in the Context of Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Erika C. Vye, William I. Rose, Tom Casadevall
This session aims to address the value of geoheritage and sense of place for earth-science education in an effort to more fully address gaps in the public’s fundamental understanding of earth science.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T123. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management
GSA Geophysics Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
Bruce Heise, Jason P. Kenworthy, Timothy B. Connors
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the U.S. National Parks. Presentations are invited on geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in U.S. National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T124. Geoscience Alliance: Moving Toward Earth Systems Planning for Seven Generations through Broadening the Participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Nievita Bueno Watts, Diana Dalbotten, Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer, Amy Myrbo
Geoscience Alliance was formed in 2007 as a national movement dedicated to broadening the participation of Native Americans in the geosciences through innovative programming and research. We will highlight our progress and discuss remaining challenges.
Geoscience Education | Geology and Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience
T125. Geoscience Education and Outreach: 50 Years of Progress
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
Cathryn Manduca, Eugene F. Pearson
This session will highlight significant changes that have occurred in informal and formal geoscience education and outreach programs during the past 50 years and the organizations (governmental and professional) that facilitate them.
Geoscience Education | Geology and Public Policy | History and Philosophy of Geology
T126. Geoscience Learning and Practice Enabled through Cyberinformatics and Technology
Thomas F. Shipley, Bridget Garnier, Basil Tikoff
The goal of this session is to present new advances in cyberinformatics and technology that have opened new avenues to teaching geoscience more effectively as well as help students and professionals learn more effectively.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics
T127. Great Geological Field Trips
Douglas W. Haywick, David T. Allison
This session will highlight participants’ most memorable geology field trips. Excellent geology, unique locations, well-run events, or extraordinary leaders are all welcome subject matter.
Geoscience Education | History and Philosophy of Geology | Structural Geology
T129. Innovative Geoscience Teacher Professional Development: Design, Implementation, Evaluation
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Mark F. Klawiter, William I. Rose, Ashley E. Miller
This session will feature design and implementation of innovative methods of field, classroom, and/or virtual professional development for K–12 geoscience teachers, including evaluative methods for documenting effectiveness.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T130. Status of Undergraduates and K–12 Students—Involved Geoscience Research: Impact on Science and Society (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker
This session marks a decade-long (2004–2013) continuity and efforts to reach out to potential undergraduates and K9–12 students involved in geoscience-related research. It is open to anyone who cares about landscape, natural resources, water, and hot environmental topics.
Geoscience Education | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication
T131. Stepping out of the Box to Put Rocks in the Heads of Non-Majors: Do Creative Teaching Techniques Enhance Learning in Post-Secondary Introductory Geology Courses?
Barbara EchoHawk
What evidence supports or refutes the effectiveness of teaching geology for non-majors through “non-traditional” approaches such as art-, place- or event-based learning, student-centered learning, or instruction designed for specific learning styles?
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T135. The Future of the Geoscience Workforce: Preparing for Traditional and Non-Traditional Geoscience Careers
Carolyn Wilson, Eric M. Riggs
This session discusses the many diverse career paths and occupations students can pursue with geoscience degrees and aims to facilitate discussion within the audience about how to think about the geoscience job market differently.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | No Selection
T136. Training, Assessment, and Outreach That Enhance Communication of Geosciences for Formal and Informal Audiences
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Karen S. McNeal, Heather Miller, Sarah P. Radencic
Effective communication of geosciences can be accomplished through a combination of diverse and unique methods. The session focuses on training, assessment, and outreach strategies for improving communication of geosciences to formal and informal audiences.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience
T137. Undergraduate Research Experiences at the Introductory Level in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; NAGT Geo2YC (The 2-Year College Division); GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geophysics Division
David H. Voorhees, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft
This session explores successes and challenges in implementing research or research experiences applying scientific methods with their first- and second-year students at their institution. Projects of all types and lengths are welcome.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T138. Undergraduate Research Talks: The Next Step in Student Research Projects
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Bradley G. Johnson, Jacqueline A. Smith, Edward C. Hansen
This session provides undergraduate students with a venue for presenting completed research projects. We encourage students to submit abstracts for research projects in any subdiscipline of geology or earth science.
Geoscience Education | No Selection | No Selection
T139. Advancing Scientific Communication: Looking Forward on the Occasion of Our 125th Anniversary
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Justin M. Samuel, Christa M. Stratton, Kasey S. White
This session will bridge disciplines by bringing together scientists, policy makers, journalists, and other professional communicators to examine and improve science communication and to focus on the dynamics of effective engagement between geoscientists and society.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geology and Public Policy | Geoscience Education
T141. Geologic Mapping—A Key to Successful Management of Water and Land Resources
GSA Geology and Society Division; Association of American State Geologists; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Richard C. Berg, Jon Ford, Peter T. Lyttle, E. Donald McKay III, Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Soller, Harvey Thorleifson
This session will highlight new mapping and innovations in geological mapping, including data management, Web accessibility, 3-D, and applications in water and land management.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Hydrogeology | Engineering Geology
T142. Geologic Maps and Their Derivatives (Posters)
Association of American State Geologists
Richard C. Berg, Ralph F. Crawford, Michael W. Higgins, Linda Jacobsen, E. Donald McKay III, Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Soller, Harvey Thorleifson, Jon Ford
This poster session will highlight new geologic maps, mapping programs, and innovations in geological mapping, including data management, Web accessibility, 3-D, and applications in water and land management.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Hydrogeology | Engineering Geology
T143. Geoscience Across Cultures and Communities: Benefits and Challenges of Diversity
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG); National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)
Marilyn J. Suiter, Richard C. Berg
The session is on people and practices that have contributed to our increasing understanding of the importance of the role of diversity in the geoscience profession.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geology and Public Policy | No Selection
T144. Global Vision: Geoscience Information for the Future (Posters)
Geoscience Information Society
Hannah Winkler
This session will highlight innovations in the global field of geoscience information through social impact and unique thought processes.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education | Geoinformatics
T145. Great Books in Geology
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; History of Earth Sciences Society
Michele Aldrich, Alan E. Leviton
Papers assess books that are paradigm-setting or great “normal” science, summarizing contents, significance, and what made the book great as research, writing, theorizing, or analysis. Time frame for the session is 16th-century to recent.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Tectonics | Stratigraphy
T147. Dinosaurs & Diamonds: Celebrating 125 Years of Geoscience in Museums
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Richard A. Kissel, Samantha Richards
Natural history collections, including earth-science specimens, form a foundation for understanding the natural world and are gateways to inspiration. Museum displays of these collections are critical to society’s advancement now and in the future.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T148. The Colorado Scientific Society & 150 Years of Geologic Research in Colorado, II: Development of Geological Concepts and Studies in Colorado Geology
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Colorado Scientific Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Lisa Rae Fisher, Libby Prueher
Dive into the fascinating world of Colorado geology, its contribution to development of geologic concepts, and the wide range of recent research crossing all topical studies, including volcanology, paleontology, structure, tectonics, and regional studies.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Volcanology | Tectonics
T152. Celebrating the Scientific Contributions of Kirk Nordstrom—Part 1: Acid to Neutral Mine Drainage, Geochemistry of Iron and Sulfur, Sulfate Minerals, Natural Background, and Geochemical Modeling
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry; Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Kate M. Campbell, Philip L. Verplanck, Charles Alpers, R. Blaine McCleskey
This session honors the career achievements of Kirk Nordstrom, USGS hydrogeochemist, by exploring research on mine drainage and related studies including iron and sulfur geochemistry, sulfate minerals, natural background in mining environments, and geochemical modeling.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T153. Celebrating the Scientific Contributions of Kirk Nordstrom—Part 2: Geochemistry of Arsenic and Antimony, Microbial Biogeochemistry, Geothermal Systems, Radioactive Waste Disposal, and Geochemical Modeling
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry; Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Kate M. Campbell, Philip L. Verplanck, Charles Alpers, R. Blaine McCleskey
This session honors the career achievements of Kirk Nordstrom, USGS hydrogeochemist, by exploring research on arsenic/antimony speciation and redox transformations, microbial biogeochemistry, geothermal systems, water-rock interactions, radioactive waste disposal, and geochemical modeling.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T154. Coupling Colloid-Water Interfacial Geochemical Processes with Contaminant Transport: Micro Vehicles for Big Problems
Geochemical Society; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Yu Yang, Tao Cheng
This session aims to cover the experimental and modeling efforts to couple the colloid-surface or colloid-mediated geochemical reactions with transport of contaminants (metals, radionuclides, organic contaminants) in geologic media.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T155. Dating the Prograde Path in Metamorphic Rocks: Methods, Advances, Limitations, and Applications
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Geochemical Society
Thomas D. Hoisch, Sean R. Mulcahy, Bradley R. Hacker
This session focuses on studies that involve methods for dating the prograde portion of heating-cooling paths in metamorphic rocks. Submissions to this session may be about any aspect, including advances, limitations, and applications.
Geochemistry | Petrology, Metamorphic | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T156. Forensic Geoscience: Advances and Applications
International Union of Geological Sciences; Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG); Scientific Working Group for Geological Materials (SWGGEO)
Elisa Bergslien
This session will serve as a forum for sharing active research projects or present case studies, including applications of geoscience research to the law and use of analytical techniques, geophysical tools, database development, provenance, remote sensing, disturbed stratigraphy, and other investigative techniques.
Geochemistry | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Archaeological Geology
T157. Frontiers in Petrochronology
Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
John Cottle, Andrew Kylander-Clark
This session will highlight advances in techniques that link in-situ textural/chemical/isotopic information with chronology of dateable phase(s). Contributions focusing on deconvoluting complex tectonic, metamorphic, or magmatic processes are encouraged.
Geochemistry | Tectonics | Petrology, Metamorphic
T158. Geochemistry of Flowback and Produced Waters from Hydraulically Fractured Black Shale
Geochemical Society; International Association of GeoChemistry
Brian W. Stewart, Rosemary C. Capo, Carl S. Kirby
This session solicits papers focused on produced water from hydraulic fracturing of shales, including variations in water chemistry over time and space, sources of dissolved solids, geochemical fingerprinting, and produced water biogeochemistry.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Petroleum/Energy
T159. Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology: Past, Present, and Future (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
Jim E. O'Connor, oconnor@usgs.gov
The past, present and future of Quaternary geology and geomorphology: Where have we been? What have we learned? Where are we headed?
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | History and Philosophy of Geology
T160. Hot Topics: Understanding Metamorphic Processes in the Middle to Lower Crust
Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Andreas Möller, Nigel M. Kelly
We seek contributions on all aspects of high-temperature metamorphism, up to and including UHT-granulites to elucidate the nature and evolution of the hot middle to lower crust using geochemical, petrological, geochronological, and modeling approaches.
Geochemistry | Petrology, Metamorphic | Petrology, Igneous
T161. Hydrochemistry and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Mountainous Rivers & Estuaries
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Steven T. Goldsmith, Russell Harmon, Ryan P. Moyer
We encourage contributions that examine the hydrochemistry of tropical mountainous rivers and/or the biogeochemical cycling and fluxes, as well as paleo-records, of material delivered by tropical mountainous rivers and associated estuarine and coastal waters.
Geochemistry | Geochemistry, Organic | Limnogeology
T162. Interdisciplinary Studies across the Critical Zone
Geochemical Society; Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
JoAnn M. Holloway, Henry Lin, Martin B. Goldhaber, Jean M. Morrison
Interplay between biological, chemical, and physical processes is crucial to the function of the Critical Zone in regulating soil, water, and air quality. This session seeks presentations from soils, ecology, microbiology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry perspectives.
Geochemistry | Geomicrobiology | Hydrogeology
T163. Pedogenic Minerals as Indicators of Ecosystems: Understanding the Critical Zone through Space and Time
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Neil J. Tabor, Craig Rasmussen
This session will emphasize the occurrence and distribution of pedogenic minerals in response to a range of different soil-forming factors and how those minerals in paleosol profiles provide proxies of ancient critical zones and paleoenvironments.
Geochemistry | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Sediments, Clastic
T164. Recent Advances in Geochronology—Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of the “The Age of the Earth” by Arthur Holmes
Geochemical Society; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Paleontological; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
S.A. Bowring, Sidney R. Hemming, J. Douglas Walker
This session focuses on advances in geochronology that yield high precision and accurate dates used to establish the geologic time scale from the oldest rocks to rates and durations of evolutionary and geological change.
Geochemistry | Tectonics | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T165. Sigma Gamma Epsilon Undergraduate Research (Posters)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon; National Earth Science Honorary Society
Erika R. Elswick, James C. Walters
The goal of this session is to highlight recent and ongoing undergraduate research in a student-friendly forum. The session is open to students and faculty co-authors working in any area of the geosciences.
Geochemistry | Stratigraphy | Hydrogeology
T166. Sources, Transport, Fate, and Toxicology of Trace Elements and Organics in the Environment
International Association of GeoChemistry; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
David T. Long, LeeAnn Munk, W. Berry Lyons
Basic and applied research on trace elements and organics in the environment are encouraged. Topics include those that relate to understanding and modeling sources; transport and fate; human and ecosystem health; and environmental assessment and remediation.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health
T167. The Road to Recovery—The Nature of Biotic and Geochemical Cycles During the Early Triassic
Stephen E. Grasby, Benoit Beauchamp
Rather than a prolonged recovery period, the Early Triassic is better characterized by profound shifts in global biogeochemical cycles that repeatedly aborted recovery attempts. Studies on biotic recovery patterns, marine geochemistry, and potential drivers of this chaotic period are welcome.
Geochemistry | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T168. Urban Geochemistry
GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
W. Berry Lyons, David T. Long
This session encourages presentations that qualify and quantify the geochemical and biogeochemical impacts of urbanization and urban activities on soil, water, and air resources, as well as human and ecosystem health.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health
T169. Volcanology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry & Petrogenesis of Circum-Pacific Magmatism: A Tribute Session to Gerhard Wörner
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Russell Harmon, Peter W. Lipman, Jon Davidson
This session to honor Prof. Gerhard Wörner, 2013 MGPV Distinguished Career Award recipient, will focus on the physical volcanology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrogenetic evolution of magmatism along the circum-Pacific convergent plate boundaries, emphasizing the Andes.
Geochemistry | Petrology, Igneous | Volcanology
T170. 125 Years of Geoscientific Leadership: Success Stories of Using Geoscience to Serve Society
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
R. Laurence Davis
This session will celebrate 125 years of GSA fulfilling its research and service mission by providing a forum for GSA members to share success stories of how their work serves society and promotes Earth stewardship.
Geology and Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology
T171. Disposal of Radioactive Waste: Promise, Progress, Pitfalls, and Path Forward
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Bret W. Leslie, David Pickett
Geologic disposal of radioactive waste was first endorsed in 1957. This session will address the subsequent progress and potential pitfalls of scientific and societal aspects of radioactive waste disposal and its potential future path.
Geology and Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T174. Societal Demand as a Driver for Geoscientific Research—What Happens after the Driver Walks Away? Yucca Mountain Geoscientists Report
Claudia M. Newbury, John Stuckless
Investigations begun as part of the former Yucca Mountain program are still contributing to the advancement of geoscience. Regulatory requirements have inspired new and innovative work, development of unique thought processes and approaches, and responded to a societal demand.
Geology and Public Policy | Geochemistry | Hydrogeology
T175. From Desert to Delta: Geologic Research and Applications in Egypt in the First Decade of the 21st Century (Posters)
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Barbara J. Tewksbury, Farouk El-Baz, Elhamy Tarabees
This session will present recent work on the geology and geologic evolution of Egypt and on geoscience research as applied to resource exploration, hazard analysis and mitigation, and other fields, such as archaeology.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Hydrogeology | Archaeological Geology
T176. Applied Volcanology: The Role of Physical Volcanology and Volcanic Facies Mapping in Mineral Deposit Studies
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Society of Economic Geologists
George J. Hudak III, Thomas Monecke
Volcanic rocks host some of the world's most significant ore deposits. This session explores recent advances in understanding volcanic and magmatic controls on the location and formation of modern and ancient ore deposits.
Volcanology | Economic Geology | Precambrian Geology
T178. A Review of Old and New Concepts in Laramide Basin Evolution: A Multidisciplinary Approach
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP)
Peter E. Barkmann, J.L. Aschoff, Jeremiah B. Workman, Marieke Dechesne
This session aims to contrast old and new ideas about Laramide basin evolution. We encourage submissions from the Rockies and beyond, dealing with structural and/or stratigraphic problems in Laramide tectonics.
Tectonics | Stratigraphy | Structural Geology
T179. Geological and Geophysical Constraints on the Tectonic Evolution and Resource Potential of Alaska and the Northern North American Cordillera
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Society of Economic Geologists; Geochemical Society
James V. Jones III, Stephen E. Box, Richard W. Saltus
This session invites integrative, multidisciplinary contributions to understanding the tectonic evolution of the northern North American Cordillera. Studies emphasizing relationships between tectonic processes and energy and mineral resources are encouraged.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Economic Geology
T181. Modern Techniques, Models, and Interpretations of Ancient Orogens: 125 Years of Progress in Understanding the Grenville and Appalachian Orogens of Eastern North America
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Precambrian - At Large; EarthScope; USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program; Geochemical Society
Chris Holm-Denoma, Arthur Merschat
The Grenville and Appalachian orogens are the most profound tectonic elements of eastern North America. We invite contributions that use modern techniques and interpretations to add to a knowledge base spanning more than 125 years.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Petrology, Igneous
T182. Paleomagnetism of the Americas and Europe and Their Surroundings: Questions Answered, Questions Remaining, and Questions to Come
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
J.W. Geissman, Rob Van der Voo
We seek contributions that bear on the importance of paleomagnetic research in addressing geologic processes and that provide a forum for future challenges and opportunities.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Structural Geology
T183. Rates and Thermomechanical Characteristics of Processes Controlling the Rheologic Evolution of Arc Systems
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Stacia Gordon, Robert Miller
We encourage a broad range of presentations that investigate the processes occurring in and adjacent to continental arc systems and within the corresponding subduction zone that control the rheologic evolution of the arc orogenic system.
Tectonics | Structural Geology | Geochemistry
T184. Recent Advances in Thermochronology
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Geochemical Society
Rebecca Flowers, James R. Metcalf
The goal of this session is to highlight recent advances in the use and understanding of thermochronology, including advances in methodology, and the application of thermochronology to address geologic and tectonic questions.
Tectonics | Geochemistry | Geomorphology
T185. Rifting, Drifting, and Accretion of Microcontinental Terranes: A Recipe for Accretionary Orogens
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; International Geological Correlation Programme Project 597; International Geological Correlation Programme Project 574
William A. Thomas, Cees R. van Staal, J. Brendan Murphy
Processes of terrane transfer (rifting, drifting, accretion) are keys to global plate reconstructions, breakup of supercontinents, and opening and closing of oceans. This session will review microcontinental terranes and current research on terrane transfer.
Tectonics | Structural Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T186. STAMP: Structure, Tectonics, and Metamorphic Petrology
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; Geochemical Society
Christian Teyssier, Donna L. Whitney
Structural and metamorphic geology can be combined to solve tectonic problems and understand deformation processes. This session may include discussion of microstructure-metamorphic interactions, thermobarometry, geochronology, deformation mechanisms in nature and experiments, and numerical modeling.
Tectonics | Structural Geology | Petrology, Metamorphic
T187. Tectonics and Paleoenvironments of Western Pangaea—New Perspectives on the Greater Ancestral Rocky Mountains
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists
Chuck Kluth, Dustin Sweet
The Greater Ancestral Rocky Mountains are an enigmatic, crustal-scale intraplate orogen that formed during the Late Paleozoic assemblage of Pangaea. This session will bring together a diverse, multidisciplinary group to present new data and interpretations.
Tectonics | Stratigraphy | Structural Geology
T188. Tethyan Evolution and Seismotectonics of Southwest Asia: In Honor of the 40 Years of Manuel Berberian’s Research Contributions
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Rasoul Sorkhabi, Eric J. Fielding, Mark Allen, Jahandar Ramezani
This interdisciplinary session focuses on the Late Proterozoic–Quaternary geologic evolution of the Iranian-Anatolian plateaus, Zagros-Caucasus-Bitlis orogens, and Arabian Plate, with implications for the active deformation and seismotectonics of the region.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geochemistry
T190. The Life and Death of Mobile Belts along the North American Cordillera: Advances in Understanding the Long-Term Construction of Continental Margins (Posters)
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Emily S. Finzel, Brian A. Hampton, Jeffrey M. Trop
This cross-disciplinary session will explore emerging ideas about tectonic processes that have shaped the Phanerozoic development of the North American Cordillera. Studies that utilize geochronology, geophysics, sedimentology/stratigraphy, and structural geology are encouraged.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Stratigraphy
T191. The Rio Grande Rift: New Insights on the Evolution of Faulting, Magmatism, Sedimentation, and Landscape
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Geochemical Society
Mark R. Hudson, V.J.S. Grauch
This session solicits contributions from all disciplines that bear on the evolution of structure, magmatism, sedimentation, natural resources, and landscape in this classic continental rift, from inception to its current crustal character and geodetic strains.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Volcanology
T192. Volcanic/Tectonic Processes and Their Interactions on Rocky Planets and Moons
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn, Danielle Wyrick
We invite abstracts on the mapping or modeling of volcanic and tectonic features on rocky solar system bodies, including terrestrial analogs, emphasizing volcanic/tectonic interaction and resultant structural and geomorphological evolution of rocky planets and moons.
Tectonics | Volcanology | Planetary Geology
T193. Continental Carbonates
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, David B. Finkelstein
Continental carbonates contribute paleoenvironmental information for reconstructions of paleoclimate as well as landscape drainage patterns. Research on lacustrine and palustrine limestones, microbialites and spring deposits, and evaporites will be highlighted.
Sediments, Carbonates | Limnogeology | Geomicrobiology
T194. Current Understanding of Dolomite, Dolomitization, and Dolomite Problems
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Huifang Xu
This session will cover compositions and structures of sedimentary dolomite, catalysts in sedimentary dolomite formation, molecular level understanding and laboratory synthesis of low-temperature dolomite and proto-dolomite; roles of microbes in dolomite formation; dolomite and sedimentary environment; and dolomite and hydrocarbon reservoirs mud carbon sequestration.
Sediments, Carbonates | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Geomicrobiology
T195. Advances in Quantitative Sediment Provenance Research: Novel Approaches from Multi-Proxy Provenance Data to Provenance Modeling
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Geochemical Society
Joel E. Saylor, David L. Barbeau Jr, Daniel F. Stockli
We seek global examples of multiple, quantitative approaches to sediment provenance or provenance modeling to characterize patterns of exhumation of orogens, identify regions of focused tectonism, delimit sediment dispersal systems, and track sediment routing systems.
Sediments, Clastic | Tectonics | Stratigraphy
T197. Sevier to Laramide Tectonism along the Western Laurentian Margin: Sedimentologic and Stratigraphic Constraints on Cretaceous-Tertiary Magmatism, Deformation, and Orogenic Exhumation
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
J. Brian Mahoney, Kathleen Surpless, David L. Kimbrough, Catherine I. Smith
This session examines the sedimentary record of the Cretaceous to Tertiary Sevier to Laramide transition along the western Laurentian margin through integrated provenance, sedimentologic, and stratigraphic analyses. Studies that integrate provenance techniques are particularly encouraged.
Sediments, Clastic | Tectonics | Stratigraphy
T198. Earth Deep Time Revolution by Global Chronostratigraphic Correlation
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; International Commission on Stratigraphy; North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (NACSN)
Stanley C. Finney, L.E. Edwards, Robert W. Scott
Defining global units and boundaries along with advances in integrated stratigraphic correlation and calibration of numerical ages have revolutionized the ICS International Chronostratigraphic Chart/Geologic Time Scale for deciphering the tempo and mode of Earth's history.
Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | No Selection
T199. Impact of GSSPs on The Evolution of North American Chronostratigraphy
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (NACSN); International Commission on Stratigraphy
Stanley C. Finney, Brian R. Pratt, Richard H. Fluegeman
The International Commission on Stratigraphy is well advanced in establishing a single set of global units defined by GSSPs for the International Chronostratigraphic Chart. What is the impact of its application to North American chronostratigraphy?
Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | No Selection
T201. Arizona Geology: A Session on All Aspects of Arizona Geology Convened to Commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Arizona Geological Survey (Posters)
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Arizona Geological Survey
Jon E. Spencer
This session is intended to be a showcase for studies of the diverse and complex geology of Arizona, its long and well-displayed geologic history, its abundant mineral resources, and its geomorphology and geologic hazards.
Structural Geology | Stratigraphy | Geomorphology
T202. Critical Taper and Orogenic Flow: Compatible or Incompatible Elements?
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Dan Gibson, Felix Gervais
Critical taper and orogenic flow are sometimes cast as being incompatible. Some think they are compatible and inherently coupled elements of orogenic development. This session aims to facilitate meaningful debate on these fundamental orogenic processes.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Petrology, Metamorphic
T203. Evolving Understanding of Extensional Provinces: Advancements and Challenges
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Ibrahim Çemen, Anne E. Egger, G. Randy Keller, Benjamin Surpless
This session will bring together researchers studying various aspects of extensional tectonics and provide a formal discussion on important questions related to our understanding of the processes involved, including active tectonics in extended terrains.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T205. From Extension to Rift to Drift: Geological, Geophysical, and Geodynamic Perspectives
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Eunseo Choi, Maria Beatrice Magnani, Nicholas W. Hayman
Extension at rifts, mid-ocean ridges, and plate interiors is accommodated via a range of processes, from diking to detachment faulting. This session aims to bridge geological, geophysical, and modeling approaches to understanding these extensional processes.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T206. Magma Transport, Emplacement, and Accommodation: Morphology, Mechanisms, and Models
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Penelope Wilson, Eric Horsman, Ken McCaffrey, Nick Schofield
This session covers various aspects of igneous emplacement. Topics may include duration of assembly, petrologic/geochemical processes, space-making mechanisms, seismic imaging, internal structures and fabrics, and the role of crustal structures/tectonic strain in ascent and emplacement.
Structural Geology | Petrology, Igneous | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T207. New Developments in Structural and Tectonic Controls on Ore Deposits
Society of Economic Geologists; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Yvette D. Kuiper, Shoufa Lin
Ore deposits are controlled by structural and tectonic processes. We invite new contributions to the understanding of local scale structural controls on ore deposit formation and modification to tectonic scale controls on ore deposit genesis.
Structural Geology | Economic Geology | Tectonics
T208. Hinterland, Retroarc Fold-Thrust Belt, and Foreland Systems
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Arlo Brandon Weil, Adolph Yonkee
The North American Cordillera is a classic orogenic system that evolved in response to subduction-related processes. This session will bring together new ideas on plate-scale geodynamics to deformation mechanisms that have shaped the hinterland, retroarc fold-thrust belt, and deformed foreland.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T209. Structural Geology and Geomechanics in the Petroleum Industry
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
J. Steve Davis, Peter Hennings, Stephen Laubach
This session highlights structural geology and geomechanics research with strong petroleum industry applicability. Topics include regional structural analysis, computational and kinematic deformation modeling, fracture and fault characterization, and interaction of buoyant fluids with geologic structures.
Structural Geology | Petroleum/Energy | Tectonics
T210. Structure and Evolution of Brittle Faults and Fault Rocks: Physical Properties, Geometry, and Geochemical Changes that Influence Water, Energy, and Mineral Resources
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; U.S. Geological Survey
Jonathan Saul Caine, Samuel H. Haines, Kelly K. Bradbury
Faults are heterogeneities that host or influence the location of mineral deposits, trap hydrocarbons, and cause anisotropic groundwater flow, but representing their petrophysical properties remains incomplete. Session highlights include field, laboratory, and numerical modeling research.
Structural Geology | Hydrogeology | Economic Geology
T211. The Rock Record of Fault Rheology and Slip Dynamics
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Christie D. Rowe, Darrel S. Cowan, W. Ashley Griffith, Phillip G. Resor
Pseudotachlylytes have provided the only fault rock proof of earthquakes, but newly proposed evidence may expand our ability to recognize past fast and dynamic slip. Contributions from field, experiment, and seismology on fault dynamics and the rock record are sought.
Structural Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
T212. The Role of Tectonic Inheritance in Continental Extension
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
John Singleton, Martin S. Wong, Michael Wells
This session will explore tectonic inheritance in continental extensional terranes. Potential topics include the relationship between crustal thickening and extension, extensional reactivation of shear zones, polyphase extension, and the role of preexisting structures in metamorphic core complex development.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | No Selection
T213. Through the Looking Glass: Microstructural Insights into Tectonic Processes
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Jamie Levine, Martha Growdon
This session highlights emerging and novel uses of microstructures as fundamental tools for understanding tectonic processes and accentuating field-based, petrologic/graphic, experimental, and geochronological approaches. Contributions emphasizing unique or integrative applications of microstructural analysis are encouraged.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Petrology, Metamorphic
T214. Advances in Mineralogy, Crystallography, and Petrology: In Honor of Frank C. Hawthorne, 2013 Roebling Medalist
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Peter C. Burns, Lee A. Groat
In honor of Prof. Frank C. Hawthorne, 2013 Roebling Medalist, this session explores advances in mineralogy, crystallography, and petrology, with a breadth consistent with the sweeping impact of Frank’s scholarship.
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Petrology, Igneous | No Selection
T215. Frontiers in High-Pressure Research: In Honor of Wendy Li-Wen Mao, 2013 MSA Awardee
Mineralogical Society of America; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Yingwei Fei, Juhn G. Liou, Maria Baldini
This session focuses on recent technical advances in high-pressure research, including high-pressure techniques, synchrotron radiation–based diffraction, imaging, and spectroscopic methods, micro-/nano-scale analytical techniques, and new findings resulting from these new developments
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Petrology, Experimental
T216. Gemological Research in the 21st Century: Characterizing Diamonds and other Gem Minerals
Gemological Institute of America; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
James E. Shigley, Dona M. Dirlam, George R. Rossman, George E. Harlow, William B. Simmons, Frank Hawthorne
Gemstones are the most recognized, sought after, and highly valued of all minerals. This session will focus on characterizing the properties of gems, documenting their conditions of formation, and improving the means of their identification.
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Economic Geology | Geoscience Information/Communication
T218. Illuminating Felsic Origins: Using Novel Multiple-Method Approaches to Investigate the Birth of Silicic Magmas
Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Susanne M. McDowell, Ayla Pamukcu, Tamara L. Carley
Petrologists have long investigated, and vigorously debated, the mechanisms driving felsic petrogenesis. We will discuss the benefits, challenges, and outcomes of creatively combining multiple analytical and modeling methods to investigate the origins of felsic magmas.
Petrology, Igneous | Volcanology | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T219. Microanalysis of Trace Elements and Isotopes in Igneous Petrology: Applications to Genesis, Storage, Evolution, Transport, and Eruption of Magma
Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Frank C. Ramos, Scott Boroughs
Recent and continuing technological advances put microanalysis of trace elements and isotopes at the forefront of petrological investigation. We welcome contributions that spotlight applications of these methods to frontier problems of volcanic and plutonic processes.
Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry | Volcanology
T220. Processes and Timescales of Magma Evolution in the Crust: Insights from the Past Fifty Years and Approaches for the Next Fifty Years
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; Mineralogical Society of America; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Geochemical Society
Cal Barnes, Wendy A. Bohrson, Calvin F. Miller
This session will elucidate magmatic timescales and processes that produce plutonic and volcanic rocks and highlight new research approaches to promote understanding P-T-t-X paths of magmas as they traverse through and stall in the crust.
Petrology, Igneous | Volcanology | Tectonics
T222. What Can We Learn About Plutons From Volcanic Rocks and What Can We Learn About Volcanoes From Plutonic Rocks?
Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Drew S. Coleman, Ryan D. Mills, Allen F. Glazner
Recognition that many plutons were accumulated incrementally calls into question proposed links between volcanic and plutonic rocks. This session explores the role that shallow magma chambers play in generating eruptible magma.
Petrology, Igneous | Volcanology | Geochemistry
T224. A Life in Earth History from Tectonics to Climate (Posters): The Scientific Legacy of Paul F. Hoffman
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology; Precambrian - At Large; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Robert S. Hildebrand, Francis A. Macdonald, Samuel A. Bowring, Galen P. Halverson
This session will focus on recent advances in crustal, climate, and biogeochemical evolution, from tectonics to Snowball Earth, and their interactions.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Tectonics | Precambrian Geology
T225. Climate of the Late Paleozoic—Earth's Last Icehouse and Icehouse Collapse
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society; GSA Coal Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Gerilyn S. Soreghan, William A. DiMichele
The late Paleozoic archives Earth’s last icehouse collapse on a fully vegetated planet, accompanied by a large CO2 increase. We seek contributions on records of both data and modeling of this major climate transition.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T226. Geologic Process Rates—Past, Present and Future
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
William W. Hay, Bruce Wilkinson
Recent advances in dating methods make it possible to better determine rates of geologic processes in the past. Humans are accelerating the rates of geologic change with uncertain consequences.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geomorphology | Environmental Geoscience
T227. Into the Frying PAN: The Early Triassic Hothouse of Pangea and Panthalassa
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Thomas J. Algeo, Arne M.E. Winguth, David J. Bottjer
This session will feature new research related to the extreme climate conditions of the Early Triassic, representing the aftermath of the largest mass extinction in Earth's history.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T228. Paleoclimate Proxies and Evolving Human Landscapes
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Justin P. Dodd, Katherine A. Adelsberger
Environmental proxies provide insights into the context of human landscapes and their changes over time. We welcome submissions focusing on the application of Quaternary paleoenvironmental data to geoarchaeological settings, including proxy reconstructions.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Archaeological Geology | Quaternary Geology
T229. Past Climates of the Middle East From Proxy Records; Insights on Water Resources and Impacts on the People of the Region
Jason A. Rech, Mustafa Al Kuisi
Paleoclimatic proxy records from throughout the Middle East provide insights into how climate operates and changes at diverse temporal scales and how potential future changes in climate may impact water resources and societies.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Quaternary Geology | Hydrogeology
T230. Quantitative Reconstructions of the Large-Scale Cenozoic Terrestrial Climate Change
Paleontological Society; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Yusheng Liu, Torsten Utescher
The session will address the large-scale Cenozoic terrestrial climate change by integrating evidence from various paleo-proxies and modeling experiments.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T232. Using the Past to Look to the Future: Reconstructing Terrestrial Paleoenvironments and Paleoecosystems of Past Warm Worlds
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Nathan D. Sheldon, Selena Y. Smith
This session will bring together case studies using paleoclimate, proxy, and paleobiological data to investigate ancient warm worlds as models for understanding the potential biological and environmental impacts of a future warm world.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Stratigraphy
T233. Celebrating Advances in Conodont Studies—134 Years of North American Conodonts
Paleontological Society; Pander Society; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
D. Jeffrey Over, Stephen A. Leslie, John E. Repetski
This session celebrates 134 years since the publication of Hinde’s landmark study on Ordovician and Devonian conodonts from eastern North America and welcomes contributions on all things conodont-related, be it historical, modern, or futuristic.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | No Selection
T234. Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeographic Synthesis
Paleontological Society; NSF Earth Sciences, GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Scott Lidgard, Bradley Sageman, David B. Rowley, Shanan E. Peters
This session will bring together individuals from diverse geoscience backgrounds, in the This session will bring together individuals from diverse geoscience backgrounds in the interest of developing Web-based resources that integrate geological, paleobiologic, geochemical, and stratigraphic data with paleogeographic, paleoclimatic, and plate tectonic reconstructions.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Tectonics
T236. Biological and Environmental Feedbacks in the Colonization of the Water Column
Paleontolotical Association; Paleontological Society; International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 591: The Early to Middle Paleozoic Revolution
Mark Williams, Thijs Vandenbroucke, Bradley D. Cramer
This session will explore linkages between zooplankton evolution, phytoplankton productivity, and the development of higher taxa during the Paleozoic, their relationship with climate and oceanographic change, and the availability of seabed and plankton ecospace.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T237. Coevolution of the Earth and Life: The Role of the Physical Environment in Species Evolution
Paleontological Society; International Biogeography Society
Corinne E. Myers, Erin E. Saupe
This session invites research on the impact of a dynamic planet on species’ evolution. Contributions considering how the fossil record can inform modern predictions of species responses to future environmental changes are encouraged.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T238. New Insights into Triassic-Jurassic Transition Events and End-Triassic Mass Extinction
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Rowan C. Martindale, Morgan F. Schaller, Jessica H. Whiteside
Interdisciplinary studies allow the timing and synchronicity of Triassic-Jurassic transition events to be constrained to near-millennial timescales. Research in paleontology, sedimentology, geochemistry, volcanology, radioisometric dating, and C-cycle modeling, and comparisons with similar events are encouraged.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Volcanology
T239. Recent Advances in the Nature of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution
Paleontological Society
Lydia S. Tackett, Nicole Bonuso
This session will address advances in our understanding of the nature of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution. The MMR encompasses global-scale trends in diversity, paleoecology, and functional morphology across many phyla, as well important transitions in carbonate geochemistry and sedimentology.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T240. Advances in the Application of Biogeochemical Datasets in Paleoenvironmental and Paleoecological Studies
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society
Jordan R. Noret, John F. Graf
This session will emphasize new and refined methods for collecting, screening, and modeling biogeochemical data (e.g., light stable isotope data) to be used in paleonvironmental and paleoecological studies.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Geochemistry, Organic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T241. Ancient Polar Ecosystems and Climate History in Deep Time
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society
Anthony R. Fiorillo, Paul J. McCarthy, Edith L. Taylor
Understanding climate change is relevant because the societal impacts of global warming are considerable. For deep geologic–time studies, multiple proxies are used to reconstruct ancient climates. This session will provide an empirical deep-time perspective for modeling polar ecosystems and climates.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Stratigraphy | Geochemistry
T242. Conservation Paleobiology—The Microfossil Record
Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; Paleontological Society
Susan T. Goldstein, Jere H. Lipps
This session highlights applications of microfossils in the emerging field of conservation paleobiology, particularly regarding environmental impacts, altered biodiversity and biogeographic patterns, invasive species, climate change, and biogeochemical changes, such as anoxia and ocean acidification.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience
T243. Konservat-Lagerstätten: Morphology, Ecology, and Taphonomy of Exceptionally Preserved Fossils
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Maria E. McNamara, Xiaoya Ma
Konservat-Lagerstätten provide crucial insights into the evolution of life on Earth. This session highlights recent developments in the study of exceptionally preserved fossils, including their morphology, ecology, taphonomy (both fossil-based and experimental approaches), and phylogeny.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T244. Paleoclimate and Biotic Change in Africa, Mesozoic to the Present
Paleontological Society; Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Ellen D. Currano, Bonnie F. Jacobs
This topical session will focus on new work documenting the evolution of African biotas, their significance for understanding tropical and global paleoclimate, and how these are relevant to the modern world.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T245. The Arthropoda: Paleoecology, Diversity, Taphonomy, and Phylogeny
Paleontological Society; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Adiël A. Klompmaker, Rodney M. Feldmann, Carrie E. Schweitzer
Today, arthropods are the most diverse animal group. On the order of tens of thousands of species are known from the fossil record. This session presents research on broad, cutting-edge topics dealing with fossil arthropods.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T246. Topics in Paleoecology: Predation/Biotic Interactions, Fidelity/Conservation Paleobiology, and Community Ecology/Whole Organism Paleoecology
Paleontological Society
Carrie L. Tyler, Amelinda E. Webb, Troy A. Dexter, Mary Elizabeth Kosloski, Ben M.J. Collins
This session invites studies highlighting the diversity of paleoecology, a field at the intersection of biology and geology. Presentations will be organized within a framework of biotic interactions, community ecology, fidelity, and conservation paleobiology in both modern and ancient systems.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T247. Tracking Life History: New Developments in Ichnological Research
Paleontological Society
Christopher D. Aucoin, Patrick Ryan Getty, Jayme Csonka
We seek contributions regarding all aspects of vertebrate and invertebrate ichnology, from historical perspectives to site reports and taxonomic treatments. Presentations involving new methodologies and techniques, including experimental setups and computer simulations, are strongly encouraged.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Stratigraphy
T248. Unlocking Lilliput: New Approaches to Microscopy in Paleontology
Paleontological Society
Thomas Hegna, K. Leo Pullin
The microscopy revolution has brought new methods, light and electron microscopies, and micro-computed tomography into paleontology to couple with traditional techniques. This session aims to showcase methods that bring unique perspectives to old questions.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T249. Beyond Diversity Curves: Exploring Research Opportunities within the Paleobiology Database
Paleontological Society
Matthew E. Clapham, Carrie E. Schweitzer
This session highlights the breadth of research performed with the Paleobiology Database. Topics might include evolutionary ecology, phylogenetics, systematics, taphonomy, biodiversity and extinction, or biogeography. We particularly encourage studies with a strong specimen- or field-based component.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T250. A Comprehensive Look at Hydraulic Fracturing for Hydrocarbon Recovery and Other Purposes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Coal Geology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Geology and Society Division
Neil Coleman, Gerry V. Winter
This session will evaluate the geotechnical, geophysical, and environmental aspects of hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon resource recovery in gas and oil shales and coal beds and other applications, such as contaminant remediation.
Petroleum/Energy | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T251. Advances in Describing the Critical Geologic Components of Effective Oil and Gas Reservoirs
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Krystal M. Pearson, Ofori N. Pearson
Recent advances in the geologic understanding of oil and gas reservoirs permit greater recovery rates. This session explores new work in defining geologic controls (e.g., sedimentary, structural, diagenetic, burial history) of effective oil and gas reservoirs.
Petroleum/Energy | Sediments, Clastic | Structural Geology
T253. Multidisciplinary Characterization of “Unconventional” Hydrocarbon Resources: Nano- to Basin-Scale Investigations on Resource Occurrence and Potential Environmental Impacts
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Mark P.S. Krekeler, Brian Currie
This session is dedicated to aspects of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, including reservoir properties, organic geochemistry, mineralogy, petrophysics, sedimentological and sequence stratigraphic controls on hydrocarbon occurrence, controls on the basin-scale distribution of hydrocarbons, and environmental properties.
Petroleum/Energy | Stratigraphy | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T255. Produced Waters: Characterization and Impacts of Subsurface Brine and Formation Water Associated with Hydrocarbon Production
Petroleum; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA Coal Geology Division
Madalyn S. Blondes, Mark A. Engle
This session explores research advances in waters associated with hydrocarbon production, including hydraulic fracturing and CO2 storage. Topics include novel geochemical modeling methods, tracers for fingerprinting brines, induced seismicity, and environmental impacts of use/disposal.
Petroleum/Energy | Hydrogeology | Geochemistry
T256. Proterozoic Meets Archean: Amalgamation of Laurentia
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; Geochemical Society
Paul A. Mueller, M.E. Bickford, Daniel K. Holm, David Corrigan
How do differences in lithospheric structure (e.g., well keels typically underlie Archean cratons but not Proterozoic blocks) relate to the structural, magmatic, metallogenic, etc., development of the Proterozoic-Archean boundary zones that characterize Laurentian North America?
Precambrian Geology | Tectonics | Geochemistry
T257. Regional to Global Perspectives on the Formation, Assembly, and Tectonic Evolution of Western North America from the Neoarchean through the Mesoproterozoic
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Geochemical Society
Christopher G. Daniel, Christopher L. Andronicos, James V. Jones III, Karl E. Karlstrom, Colin A. Shaw, Jeffrey D. Vervoort, Michael L. Williams
We seek contributions from a broad range of disciplines that give regional and global perspectives into the formation, assembly, paleogeography, and tectonic evolution of Laurentia from the Neoarchean through the Mesoproterozoic.
Precambrian Geology | Tectonics | Geochemistry
T258. The Pulse of the Earth: Episodic and Periodic Events on Timescales of ≥10 million Years
Geochemical Society
Kent Condie, Michael Brown, Stephen R. Meyers
This session will focus on our understanding of Earth events on timescales of ≥10 million years, including, but not limited to, core, mantle, crust, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere; impact events, orogenic events, LIPs, and supercontinent cycles.
Precambrian Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T259. Paleotopography (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Mark Brandon, Frank J. Pazzaglia
Paleotopography engenders spirited debate on the tectonic and geomorphic development of past landscapes. We seek to highlight studies employing novel techniques to describe the evolution of high-interest, active, and decaying landscapes worldwide.
Geomorphology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology

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