Thompson Field Forums
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GSA’s Thompson Field Forums provide the perfect format for the exchange of current knowledge and exciting ideas best expressed by the geology of a specific area. They are designed after the Penrose Conferences but are held almost completely in a field setting. The intent is to stimulate and enhance individual and collaborative research and to accelerate the advance of the science by interactions in the field.
The Thompson Field Forums have a specific thematic focus, similar to Penrose Conferences, but may be more geographically oriented. Ideal subjects for Thompson Field Forums are those earth science topics for which recent work suggests a potential for further significant advances in the near future. Each Thompson Field Forum subject should be under current investigation and active discussion by able researchers in the field.
It is essential that the Thompson Field Forums be informal. Groups should be small enough that all participants can examine the outcrops and be involved in the discussion, and large enough to provide diversity and depth. The typical size for success is about 40 participants and the minimum required to convene a Thompson Field Forum is 20.
The Thompson Field Forums are typically 5 days or more. Participants are expected to attend the entire field trip. In house conferencing may be a minor component (<20%) of the field forum. There are no restrictions about holding forums anywhere in the world, although logistics, costs and other problems dictate caution in organizing forums outside North America. Recent Thompson Field Forums have been held in Greece/Turkey, Chile, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
Proposing a Thompson Field Forum
Guidelines for submitting a proposal require at least one of the field trip leaders be a member of the Geological Society of America. Responsibility for organizing a Thompson Field Forum should be shared by at least two leaders, one of which has actively worked in the area. A period of no less than 15 months should be allotted between the proposal stage and the field forum dates. Care should be taken to avoid scheduling conferences at the same time as other scientific meetings, especially other GSA meetings, including other Penrose Conferences and Thompson Field Forums. The Thompson Field Forums run independently of any other meeting.
Attending a Thompson Field Forum
Thompson Field Forums consist of invited and interested participants. An invitation from the field trip leaders is not required for applying to participate in a Thompson Field Forum. Anyone interested in participating in the field forum is encouraged to contact the trip leader of that field forum. Conveners and GSA encourage student participation and will work to provide special registration fees for students. Each field forum will request specific information for the application process which usually includes a brief description of your interest and active experience working in the field with regard to the field forum topic. Announcements for future conferences appear in GSA Today and GSA Connection e-newsletter.
Acceptances for participation are not transferable. All participants are expected to attend the full conference and stay at the conference site. Spouses, families, and others who are not registered participants are requested not to visit the conference site and are not allowed to participate in conference activities.
- Formation of the Sierra Nevada Batholith: Magmatic and Tectonic Processes and Their Tempos
1–8 September 2012, Sierra Nevada, California
Field Forum Report
- Significance of along-strike variations for the 3-D ar-chitecture of orogens: The Hellenides and Anatolides in the eastern Mediterranean
16-22 May 2010, Samos, Greece
Field Forum Report | Photos
- Structure and Neotectonic Evolution of Northern Owens Valley and the Volcanic Tableland, California
13–19 September 2009, Bishop, California, USA
Field Forum Report: Full Text | PDF
- Late Archean Crust: Magmatism and Tectonics of the Abitibi Subprovince, Canadian Shield
Abitibi granite-greenstone belt and Kapuskasing structural zone
19–25 July 2008, Ontario and Québec, Canada
- Assessing the State of Our Knowledge of Continental Arc Volcanism: The Tatara–San Pedro complex, 36ES, Chilean Southern Volcanic Zone
3-13 February 2007 • Talca, Chile
Field Forum Report: Full Text
- Marine impact craters on Earth: Field investigation of the Wetumpka impact structure, a well-preserved marine impact crater, and the K-T boundary in the Alabama Gulf Coastal Plain
8-11 March 2007 • Wetumpka, Alabama, USA
Field Forum Report: Full Text
- Tectonic Significance of Vertical Boundaries in the Cordillera
30 July – 5 August 2006 • McCall, Idaho USA
A field investigation of the western Idaho shear zone, on the western edge of the Idaho Batholith
Field Forum Report: Full text | PDF
- Rethinking the Assembly and Evolution of Plutons: Field Tests and Perspectives
7-13 October 2005 • Lander, Wyoming, USA
Mesozoic Cordilleran batholith from Yosemite to the White Mountains, California
- Melt Segregation and Transfer Mechanisms in the Lower Crust
4-9 July 2004 • Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa
- Structural Controls on Magma Transport and Vertical Coupling in the Continental Lithosphere
April 26-May 6, 2003 • Fiordland, New Zealand
- Kinematics and Vorticity of High-Strain Zones
April 16-21, 2002 • Virginia Blue Ridge and Piedmont
- Bolide Impacts on Wet Targets
April 2228, 2001 • Nevada and Utah
- Glaciohydraulic Supercooling, Basal Freeze-on, Stratified Basal Ice and
"Deformable Till Beds": Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
March 1822, 2000 • Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
- Correlating Volcanic and Plutonic Perceptions of Silicic Magma Chamber
Processes: Evidence from Coastal Maine Plutons
September 14-18, 2000 • Ellsworth, Maine