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2019 GSA Southeastern Section

68th Annual Meeting

Navigating the city of Charleston

CHS Transportation: Transportation options for exploring Charleston, SC include walking, biking, driving, and taking the trolley or bus.

CHS Family Friendly Spots: Use this tool to explore family friendly destinations and activities within walking distance from the conference venue.

CHS Sightseeing

CHS Restaurants & Breweries

CHS Walking Tour: Explore downtown Charleston's attractions with this interactive story map.

College of Charleston's Mace Brown Museum of Natural History

While you're at the meeting this week, be sure that you pay a visit to The College of Charleston's Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, just a block away from the Francis Marion, on the second floor of the College's School of Sciences and Mathematics Building (SSMB) at 202 Calhoun Street. The Museum houses nearly 1,000 fossils, including mosasaurs, cave bears, Pleistocene mammals of the Carolinas, and a reconstructed jaw housing teeth from the extinct Megalodon.


Contact Katie Luciano for childcare recommendations.


With a prime coastal setting, historical architecture, renowned cuisine, deep history, and friendly locals, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, repeatedly earns top honors as one of the premier destination cities in the U.S. and the world. Centered in the classic mesotidal, mixed-energy barrier coastline of the South Atlantic Bight, this area presents unparalleled opportunities for exploring topics ranging from Quaternary coastal geomorphology and coastal response to sea level changes, to paleoenvironmental research, earthquake hazards, and a long history of accumulation from the denudation of the Appalachians. In the center of downtown, the conference is within convenient reach of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge geologic provinces farther inland. The Technical Program, Field Trips, and Short Courses developed for the 68th meeting of GSA’s Southeastern Section cover a diverse range of topics, including offshore research, marine vertebrate paleontology, K–12 earth-science education, geologic hazards past and present, new technologies for mapping, hydrologic processes and applications in the coastal plain, limnology, terrane accretion, and the origin of ultramafic bodies in suture zones. Please bring a guest with you to the conference, as we are developing a rich program for them, including culinary tours, trips to the plantations and National Parks, as well as visits to the beaches and tours of downtown. The spring is one of the most lovely times of year in Charleston, and we look forward to seeing you here when the azaleas are in bloom!

Francis Marion Hotel lobby
Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403, USA


Hotel registration: Book Soon!

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Francis Marion Hotel in the center of Historic Charleston. The meeting rate is US$219 per night plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling +1-843-722-0600. Please be sure to identify yourself with the group code SEGSA19 and that you are attending the GSA Southeastern Section Meeting.

A block of rooms has also been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton (181 Church Street).  Meeting rates are US$219 per night plus tax. To make reservations please phone +1-800-446-6677, and mention you are attending the Southeastern Section of The Geological Society of America meeting.

Meeting Sponsors

We are grateful to those groups recognized below for their generous support!

Guideline Geo Americas logo.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources logo.
South Carolina Geological Survey logo.
College of Charleston logo.
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium logo.
NASA SC Space Grant Consortium logo.
NASA EPSCoR South Carolina logo.


General Co-chairs:
M. Scott Harris,
Katie Luciano,

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Erin Beutel,
Chris Hein,

Field Trip Co-Chairs:
John Chadwick,
Steve Jaume,

Sponsorships Chair:
Amber Onufer,

Exhibits Chair:
Blair Tormey,

Adem Ali,

Student Volunteer Chair:
Cyndi Hall,

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Abstracts Due:
4 December

Early Registration Ends:
19 February

Hotel Deadline:
26 February
5 p.m., Eastern Time