2018 GSA Northeastern Section

53rd Annual Meeting

Mountains to Lakes
18–20 March 2018 • Burlington, Vermont, USA
DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center)


Saturday, 17 March

Welcoming Reception.
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Refreshments and cash bar. One complimentary beverage ticket provided.

Sunday, 18 March

Northeast Paleo Society Luncheon.
noon–1 p.m.
Speaker: Robbie Gries, "How female geologists were written out of history: The micropaleontology breakthrough."
Fee: $30. Ticketed event.

NAGT Eastern Section Luncheon.
noon–1 p.m.
Fee: $25. Ticketed event.

Eastern Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (ES-SEPM) Reception and Keynote Address.
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Climatic extremes at the dawn of animal life.
Kristin Bergmann, Victor P. Starr Career Development Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT, SEPM Early Career Councilor.
Food and cash bar. No ticket required to attend.

GSA Strategic Planning Meeting
5:30-6:30 p.m., Diamond Ballroom II
GSA leadership asking for your input on Strategic Planning. Please come by to share your insights with GSA President-elect Robbie Gries and GSA Executive Director Vicki S. McConnell.

New England Tectonics (NETectonics) Reception.
6–7 p.m.
Cash bar. No ticket required to attend.

Map Blast
7:30–9 p.m., Exhibition Hall
All meeting attendees are invited to post and informally discuss newly published, unpublished, and in-progress maps/digital images of all sorts. Cash bar.

Monday, 19 March

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Networking Breakfast
6:30–8 a.m.
Fee: $25 Professional/$15 Student
This informal breakfast provides opportunities for students and professionals in academia, government, and industry to meet and to learn more about AWG. Both AWG members and non-members are welcome. The reduced cost of student breakfasts is through the generous support of the Association for Women Geoscientists Foundation.

A Reception Honoring Late NEGSA Members.
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Please join us to commemorate the lives and contributions of our Northeastern GSA family who have recently passed.  We will provide a memorial board where you may share anecdotes or photographs of colleagues who touched your life in a meaningful way. Photographs and written contributions should fit on a single 8.5 inch x 11 inch page. Food and cash bar. No ticket required to attend.

Plenary Session.
5–6 p.m.
The Drones Are Coming.
Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director, University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory.
Cash bar available before and after the talk. No ticket required to attend.


Burlington has several sites of interest for visitors, including the ECHO science center on the Lake Champlain waterfront and the Fleming Museum at UVM. A short distance to the south is the Shelburne Museum of early American arts and crafts. A short drive east of the city is the Ben and Jerry’s factory store with available tours, tasting, and gift shop.