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

Geological Society of America’s North-Central, South-Central, and Rocky Mountain regions will meet jointly in Manhattan, Kansas

Boulder, Colo., USA: On 25–27 March 2019, geoscientists from the North-Central, South-Central, and Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S. and beyond will convene in Manhattan, Kansas, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region.

The meeting will host a broad diversity of technical sessions, reflecting contributions from three of GSA’s regional Sections. “There are sessions related to igneous processes, crustal structure, sedimentary rocks, environmental change, geochronology, landscape evolution, and more,” said South-Central Organizing Chair Matthew Kirk, of Kansas State University. Kirk also points out that the meeting will include "technical sessions on topics of great societal interest, including sessions on water and energy resources.”

The meeting will provide several opportunities to engage in conversations about diversity and inclusion, including the keynote presentation by GSA President Robbie Gries, "How female geologists were written out of history: Micropaleontology, heavy minerals, reflection seismic examples."

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for science and policy discussions, including Allyson Anderson Book's keynote presentation, "In Science We Trust? A View of Science, Policy, and Politics in America."

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program
Conventional and Unconventional Reservoir Rocks: Advances in Experiments, Modeling, and Simulations
Monday, 25 Mar., 8 a.m. to noon

Injection-Induced Seismicity in the U.S. Midcontinent: Where Are We after a Decade?
Monday, 25 Mar., 1:30 to 5:45 p.m.
-- Estimating the Decadal-Level Seismic Hazard in Oklahoma

Geoscience Outreach and Engagement I
Monday, 25 Mar., 1:30 to 5:45 p.m.
-- Online Outreach Presenting Geology Careers to Underrepresented or Rural Communities

Geoscience Outreach and Engagement II
Tuesday, 26 Mar., 8 a.m. to noon
-- The Critical Role that White Men and Women Play in Creating an Equitable Stem Workforce

The Low Down on the High Plains: Geologic and Hydrogeologic Studies of the High Plains Aquifer
Tuesday, 26 Mar., 8 a.m. to noon

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at

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Eligibility for media registration is as follows:
• Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.
• Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2018 or 2019.
• PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to Lindsey Henslee onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 22,000 members around the world from academia, government, and industry. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

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