2019 Joint GSA Section Meeting

South-Central / North-Central / Rocky Mountain Sections 

Source to Sink across the Midcontinent: Geosciences from the Rockies to the Gulf

25–27 March, Manhattan, Kansas

Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan & Manhattan Conference Center



Oral Presentations

All presentations are displayed as PowerPoint presentations in technical sessions, and presentations should be prepared using a 16:9 ratio.

The Speaker Ready Room

The Speaker Ready Room is located in the Cottonwood room in the Conference Center, and is available at the following times:

Sun. 24 March: 4–6:30 p.m.
Mon. 25 March: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tue. 26 March: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wed. 27 March: 7:30–11 a.m.

Computers and assistance are available to view presentations. The Speaker Ready Room can also be used to check presentations prior to uploading files. We ask that oral presenters upload their presentations the night prior for morning sessions, at least 2 hours prior to the beginning of their session for afternoon sessions.

Poster Presentations

Each poster board is 4 feet × 8 feet (landscape), and posters can be hung with stickpins or Velcro. Pins and Velcro will be available in the exhibit hall. Posters will be located in the Big Basin/Kaw Nation room adjacent to the exhibitors. Presenters are expected to have their posters up by 8:30 a.m., and they are expected to be present at their posters from 4 to 5:45 p.m. for posters in sessions that take place on Monday and Tuesday, and from 10 to 11:45 a.m. for posters in the session on Wednesday. Presenters should take down their posters at the end of the session. Any posters not taken down will be discarded.


T1. Conventional and Unconventional Reservoir Rocks: Advances in Experiments, Modeling, and Simulations.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division, GSA Energy Geology Division.

Behzad Ghanbarian, Kansas State University; Chi Zhang, University of Kansas; Reza Barati, University of Kansas; Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines.
Conventional and unconventional reservoirs are key contributors to energy supplies. Well logging, hydraulic fracturing, horizontal wells, enhanced recovery, and other recent progresses in technology increased oil/gas production. In this session, we intend to provide an opportunity for recent advances in experiments, modeling, and simulations of transport phenomena in reservoir rocks.
T2. Niobrara: Outcrop to Foreland Basin.
Cosponsored by GSA Energy Geology Division.

Wayne K. Camp, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; Marc Buursink, US Geological Survey.
This session explores the petroleum geology of the Niobrara Formation, one of the largest oil and natural gas producing formations in the Rocky Mountain region.
T3. Injection-Induced Seismicity in the U.S. Midcontinent: Where Are We after a Decade?
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division, GSA Energy Geology Division, GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Tandis Bidgoli, University of Missouri Columbia; Jacob Walter, Oklahoma Geological Survey.
The unprecedented increase in earthquakes in the U.S. midcontinent since 2009 has spurred a decade’s worth of geological and geophysical research into injection activity and seismicity. This session focuses on progress made in understanding earthquake hazard, physics of causation, reservoir-scale modeling, and forecasting earthquake nucleation toward mitigating future damaging earthquakes.
T4. Crustal Structure of the Midcontinent using Geophysical and Geodynamic Data.
Kevin Mickus, Missouri State.
Geophysical, structural, and petrological data are critical to understand the crustal structure and evolution of the midcontinent region of the United States. Submissions are requested that use gravity, seismic, magnetic, magnetotelluric, structural, and petrological data to decipher the origin of geological provinces in the midcontinent.
T5. Mantle Dynamics and Lithospheric Deformation.
Claudia Adam, Kansas State University.
This session welcomes studies bringing new insights on the mantle and lithosphere structure and dynamics. This includes studies based on laboratory experiments, data processing, or numerical modeling. We are particularly interested in the correlation between models and surface observables, such as dynamic topography, geoid, seismicity, or plate kinematics.
T6. Tectonic Processes and Characteristics of Laramide Foreland Deformation.
Jacob Thacker, University of New Mexico; Shari Kelley, New Mexico Bureau of Geology.
This session will focus on the characteristics (e.g., timing and distribution) of Laramide foreland deformation from Montana to Arizona/New Mexico in order to better understand the tectonic processes responsible for this orogenic event. We seek contributions from many diverse and integrated fields, including structure, thermochronology, geophysics, and stratigraphy.
T7. Evolution of the Southern Rio Grande Rift.
Jason Ricketts, University of Texas at El Paso; Jesse Kelsch, University of Texas at El Paso.
This session seeks studies examining the timescales, styles, and processes of extension in the southern Rio Grande rift.
T8. Cenozoic Magmatic and Tectonic Processes of Colorado–New Mexico: Understanding Voluminous Volcanism during the Transition from Laramide Contraction to Rio Grande Rift Extension.
Gary Michelfelder, Missouri State University; Jacob Thacker, University of New Mexico; Conor O’Dowd, Missouri State University; Brooke Benz, Missouri State University.
This session seeks to bring together studies aimed at understanding the development and evolution of magmatic systems and tectonic processes during the transition between the Laramide and Rio Grande rifting in New Mexico and southern Colorado. We welcome contributions that focus on or integrate field, petrology/geochemistry, chronology, and geophysical perspectives.
T9. Mafic and Ultramafic Magmatism in the Mid-Continent and Beyond.
Matthew Brueseke, Kansas State University; Pamela Kempton, Kansas State University.
This session will highlight ongoing research on the petrogenesis, emplacement, and/or styles of volcanism of mafic and ultramafic magmas. Studies of associated xenoliths and links to economically significant mineralization are also welcome. This has an emphasis is on the mid-continent USA–Canada; however, we certainly encourage submissions that deal with the processes from everywhere.
T10. Rhyolite/Granite Magmatism.
Don Parker, Baylor University; Matthew Brueseke, Kansas State University; Richard Hanson, Texas Christian University.
The Great Plains of the United States are underlain by two of the greatest silicic terranes on Earth: the Southern and Eastern Granite-Rhyolite Provinces. Proterozoic basement rocks of these provinces are split by two rift zones that also contain significant volumes of silicic rocks: the Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen and the Mid-Continent Rift. This session will focus on the silicic rocks of these units, but contributions concerning the relationships between silicic volcanism and plutonism of any age are welcome.
T11. Microanalyses, Macro Implications: Using Microscale Analyses to Decipher System-to-Regional Scale Processes.
Tenley Banik, Illinois State University; Benjamin Hallet, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.
Microanalysis of geologic materials provides insight on crystal growth, longevity, composition, and deformation critical to interpretation of larger-scale processes. We welcome contributions that focus on the utility of microscale analyses—especially when combined with field observations and/or theoretical models—to deepen our understanding of larger-scale petrogenetic, volcanic, and metamorphic processes.
T12. Mineral and Energy Extraction: Impacts on Society and Health.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division, GSA Energy Geology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Jackie D. Horn, University of Texas at Dallas.; Susan Stover, Kansas Geological Survey; Leah Thompson, University of Texas at Dallas; Saugata Datta, Kansas State University; Sinjini Sinha, University of Alberta; Robert Finkelman, University of Texas at Dallas.
Extraction of energy resources, groundwater, and essential minerals often results in unintended pollution of air, land, and water. The pollution may cause substantial societal and health consequences. This session explores these consequences, including deterioration of the environment, impacts on housing, crime, employment, and population shifts, as well as impacts on animal and human health.
T13. Women and Geology: Leading the Charge for Inclusion.
Cosponsored by GSA Energy Geology Division, GSA Geoarchaeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Beth Johnson, University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley; Susan Stover, Kansas Geological Survey.
Moving up the career ranks, women become progressively underrepresented in the geosciences, as are minorities and scientists with disabilities. In the age of #MeToo, calls for equal pay for equal work, and increased accountability, progress is being made. What works, what doesn’t, and where are our blind spots?
T14. Geoscience Outreach and Engagement.
Cosponsored by GSA Energy Geology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Lisa Anderson, University of Purdue Extension; Peter Voice, Western Michigan University.
This session is to highlight innovative outreach methods and projects. All outreach abstracts are welcome including engagement with the public, students, educators, and policy makers. Join in this opportunity for collaboration as we build a community of outreach providers and those interested in outreach methods to drive a larger impact.
T15. Innovative Approaches to Broadening Student Geoscience Experiences across the Midcontinent.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (Mid-Continent).

Liane Stevens, Stephen F. Austin State University; Michael DeAngelis, University of Arkansas–Little Rock.
Students in the South-Central, North-Central, or Rocky Mountain GSA Sections may lack access to geologic materials, landforms, or processes where they live or attend school. Contributions are welcome describing innovative activities, field trips, research experiences, and research results that improve students’ firsthand knowledge of geology across the midcontinent and beyond.
T16. Microbiomes in the Geosphere.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Soils and Soil Processes Division.

Matthew Kirk, Kansas State University.; Marcos Sarto, Kansas State University; Christina Richardson, Kansas State University.
This session seeks presentations that explore interactions between microorganisms and geological environments, including soils, aquatic habitats, and the subsurface.
T17. Natural and Artificial Tracers in Catchment Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Research.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division.

Lucy Rose, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities; Ethan Pawlowski, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
Biogeochemical tracers are useful for characterizing water and material sources and transport in catchments. Process-level insights into catchment hydro-biogeochemistry can be gained from examining tracers such as stable/radio isotopes and natural/artificial solutes and particulates. We invite contributions demonstrating the application of biogeochemical tracers to gain insight into catchment-scale hydro-biogeochemical processes.
T18. Unconventional Aquifers and Aquifer Management.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Andrea Croskrey, Texas Water Development Board.
Development of unconventional water supplies is becoming more conventional as we stress existing, more easily exploited sources. Share studies on exploring deeper, saltier, or alternative aquifers and innovative methods for expanding and managing our water supply. Topics could include brackish groundwater, enhanced recharge, and other emerging techniques.
T19. Aquifer Storage and Recovery: Water Quantity and Quality Impacts.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Mandy Stone, U.S. Geological Survey.
Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) is an effective management technique that can provide underground water storage for later use, protection from salt water intrusion, and land subsidence control. This symposium will focus on water-quality and quantity impacts related to ASR efforts.
T20. Advances in the Measurement and Modeling of Integrated Surface and Subsurface Hydrologic Systems.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division.

Andrea Brookfield, University of Kansas; Behzad Ghanbarian, Kansas State University; Vahid Rahmani, Kansas State University; Rick Devlin, University of Kansas.
Comprehensive hydrological studies require integrating surface and subsurface hydrologic systems. Despite recent progress, we are still far from understanding all the mechanisms that drive interactions between these systems. This session encourages the submission of abstracts that focus on advances in measurement and modeling across the surface and subsurface interface.
T21. Continuous Water Quality Monitoring.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division.

Brian Kelly, U.S. Geological Survey.
Continuous water-quality monitoring (CWQM) is a powerful tool for characterizing temporal and spatial water-quality changes in streams, reservoirs, and groundwater. This session highlights the use of CWQM in water-quality research focused on natural variability, ecosystem health, sediment transport, nutrients drinking water, water treatment, regulatory programs, recreation, and public safety.
T22. Surface Water Quantity and Flood Risks.
Craig Painter, U.S. Geological Survey.
The balance of surface-water availability and flood risk has historically governed where human settlements exist. This session aims to discuss the natural and anthropogenic alterations to surface-water availability, flood forecasting and mitigation efforts, and the surface-water quantity research that is used to plan for the population centers of the future.
T23. The Low Down on the High Plains: Geologic and Hydrogeologic Studies of the High Plains Aquifer.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division.

Jon J. Smith, Kansas Geological Survey; Randy L. Stotler, University of Kansas.
This session focuses on all aspects of investigations into Cenozoic deposits comprising the High Plains Aquifer. We welcome topics related to hydrogeology, sedimentology, paleobiology, and geochronology of the High Plains, in addition to water use and supply issues and implications for management of this vital resource.
T24. Karst Processes and Speleology.
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division.

Kaitlyn Gauvey, Fort Hays State University; Jonathan Sumrall, Fort Hays State University.
This session seeks abstracts involving karst related studies, including geomorphology, speleogenesis, cartography, sedimentology, hazards, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, and historical records.
T25. Climate and Land-Use Influences on Erosion and Sediment Flux and Impacts on Sustainable Water Management in Reservoirs.
Cosponsored by GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Geology and Society Division.

Vihad Rahmani, Kansas State University; Aleksey Sheshukov, Kansas State University; Abigail Langston, Kansas State University; Arnaud Temme, Kansas State University.
Sediment trapping in reservoirs can result in crucial storage loss, particularly with more frequent weather extremes that cause higher upland erosion and sediment deposition. This session invites abstracts that help improve our understanding of upstream erosion generating mechanisms and reservoir sediment load management through observations or simulations.
T26. Midcontinent Paleoclimatology.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division.

Karin Goldberg, Kansas State University; Keith Miller, Kansas State University.
This session aims to showcase a variety of studies in midcontinent paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, and stratigraphy. Within this broad topic, we intend to invite a diverse range of contributions including, but not limited to, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleontology, and modeling.
T27. Terrestrial Hydroclimate Variability through the Holocene: Causes and Impacts Based on Proxies and Models.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division.

Aubrey Hillman, University of Louisiana Lafayette; Byron Steinman, University of Minnesota–Duluth.
Description: Assessing the scope of modern climate change on water resource availability requires the development of hydroclimate records than span past centuries to millennia. We encourage proxy record and model based studies that seek to provide quantitative information on past changes in hydroclimate.
T28. Exciting New Interdisciplinary Themes in Quaternary Geochronology.
Cosponsored by GSA Geoarchaeology Division, GSA Geochronology Division, GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division.

Shannon Mahan, U.S. Geological Survey; Sebastien Huot, Illinois State Geological Survey; Tammy Rittenour, Utah State University; Joel Spencer, Kansas State University.
We invite presentations on applications, refinements, or case studies for dating methods such as OSL, ESR, fission track, radiocarbon, and cosmogenics with a focus on constraining the timing and rates of Quaternary geologic processes in the mid-continent.
T29. Quaternary Landscape Evolution in the Midcontinent: Improved Insights from Geochronology.
Cosponsored by GSA Geoarchaeology Division, GSA Geochronology Division, GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division.

Paul Hanson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Joel Spencer, Kansas State University.
This session seeks to showcase the importance that geochronological applications have had on improving our understanding of Quaternary landscape evolution. Emphasis is on the mid-continent, but we welcome contributions from studies elsewhere.
T30. The Chronology of Big Pleistocene Events and Tracking Them from Source to Sink.
Cosponsored by GSA Continental Scientific Drilling Division.

Brandon B. Curry, Illinois State Geological Survey; Sebastien Huot, Illinois State Geological Survey.
Geologists to collaborate and present local records (including chronologies, stratigraphies, chemical profiles, etc.) to enrich the history of big events from source to sink. An example might be a large deglacial flood, which could leave its mark as erosional landforms (truncated moraines, etc.), constructional landforms (lemniscate terraces), slackwater lake deposits, evolution of braid belts, speleothem records, and in the records of isotopes, mineralogy, and fauna of marine sediments. We envision cooperation among two or more presenters to highlight an event and track compelling evidence of its impacts from source, midpoints, and sink. We want the juicy details.
T31. Past and Present Landform Deposition and Stabilization in Glacial and Periglacial Environments.
Elizabeth Ceperley, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Lucas Zoet, University of Wisconsin–Madison; J.E. Rawling III, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
This session brings together observational and modeling studies that improve all aspects of our understanding of landform deposition and stabilization in glacial and periglacial environments, including records based in empirical geophysical, geomorphological, and geochronological evidence, as well as modeling using observational data.
T32. Geology of the Greater Kansas City Area (Posters).
Richard Gentile, University of Missouri–Kansas City.
This session will focus on the geology of the central United States with special emphasis on the Greater Kansas City area.
T33. Undergraduate Student Research (Posters).
Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division, GSA Energy Geology Division, GSA Geoarchaeology Division, GSA Geology and Health Division, GSA Soils and Soil Processes Division.
Robert Shuster, University of Nebraska–Omaha.
This poster session will highlight research conducted by undergraduate students. All abstracts must be written by the student or students and may have non-student co-authors (although students must present the poster). Topics may include undergraduate research in any discipline of geology or related fields (such as water resources, hydrology, environmental science, or physical geography).
T34. Pleistocene Records of Climatic and Environmental Change in the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, and Midwest.
Benjamin J.C. Laabs, North Dakota State University.
Pleistocene sedimentary and geomorphic records are critical for reconstructing rates and magnitudes of climatic and environmental change over orbital and millennial timescales. This session welcomes studies of Pleistocene glacial, fluvial, lacustrine, and eolian records.
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Abstracts Due:
4 December 2018

Early Registration Ends:
19 February 2019

Housing Deadline:
4 March 2019