Wide view of white water cascading over falls in Fairfax County, Virginia
Photo: Visit Fairfax

2020 Joint Section Meeting

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Use this web-based app to view technical sessions, abstracts, and events for this meeting, create a schedule for yourself, locate presenting authors, make notes for yourself, and more.


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Riverbend Park near Reston, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Visit Fairfax.

Early registration deadline: 18 February

Cancelation deadline: 24 February

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For further information or if you need special accommodations, please contact one of the general co-chairs, Arthur Merschat, amerschat@usgs.gov, or Patrick Burkhart, patrick.burkhart@sru.edu.

About Reston

The joint meeting of GSA’s Southeastern and Northeastern Sections will be held in Reston, Virginia, USA. Reston is a modern, planned community located in northern Virginia. The numerous historic and cultural attractions of Washington, D.C., are just a short distance away and ready to be explored. A mix of bistros, restaurants, and shopping on an extensive pedestrian mall are just out the door of the Hyatt Regency Reston, the conference venue. Situated at the Fall Zone and the transition from the southern to the central and northern Appalachians, Reston provides a unique vantage point to examine all aspects of eastern geology. We have developed a robust and diverse technical program that links together the geology of the southeastern and northeastern U.S., a program that ranges from the crust to mantle, data to policy, mountains to coastal processes, and paleontology to energy. We invite you to join us for a field trip across D.C. or the Appalachian orogen, a workshop on applied micropaleontology or making geologic videos, and a broad scope of technical sessions and symposia that will help us keep a keen eye on eastern geology.


Hotel registration deadline: 26 February, 5 p.m. EST

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia, 20190, USA, located in the vibrant Reston Town Square. The meeting rate is US$159 per night plus tax. The hotel offers many amenities (restaurants, bar, pool, Wi-Fi) and a complimentary shuttle to/from Dulles International Airport. Reservations can be made by clicking this link, or by calling +1-703-709-1234. Please be sure to identify yourself by saying that you are attending the GSA Southeastern and Northeastern Joint Section Meeting. Parking is available at the hotel and at Reston Town Parking Garage next to the hotel.

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Hyatt Regency Reston
Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents Street
Reston, Virginia, 20190

Continuing Education Units (CEU credit)

One Continuing Education Unit or CEU credit is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. CEU credit is available for attending Technical Sessions, Field Trips, and Short Courses at GSA Meetings. A contact hour is defined as a typical 60-minute classroom instructional session or its equivalent. Ten instructional hours are required for one CEU. Example: One day of conference attendance, 8 hours of Technical Sessions, offers .8 CEUs. After the Meeting, there will be a link here for you to generate your CEU certificate.

Meeting Sponsors

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

Ruby Level

Pittsburgh Geological Society.

Topaz Level

PENN Master of Science in Applied Geosciences.
United States Geological Survey.
Charles H. Shultz, PhD

Emerald Level

Subhorizon Geologic Resources.
Paul Rizza, PhD
Eastern Section SEPM

Amethyst Level

Dept of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University
Patrick Burkhart, PhD
Dept of Geography, Geology & the Environment,
Slippery Rock University


General Co-chairs:
Arthur Merschat, ; Patrick Burkhart,

Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Chuck Bailey, ; Wendell Barner,

Field Trip Co-Chairs:
Mark Carter, ; Chris Swezey,

Sponsorships Chair:

Short Course Co-Chairs:
Daniel H. Doctor, ; Katie Tamulonis,

Exhibits Chair:
Daniel Harris,

Patrick Burkhart,

Student Volunteer Chair:
Wilma Aleman Gonzalez,

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Abstracts Due:
10 December

Early Registration Ends:
18 February

Hotel Deadline:
26 February