Technical Program Chair
Dave Bush
Session Schedule
and Abstracts

Pardee Keynote Symposia

These Pardee Keynote Symposia are special events of broad interest to the geoscience community. The sessions are interdisciplinary, representing issues on the leading edge of a scientific discipline or area of public policy and addressing broad, fundamental issues. Selection was on a competitive basis. This year's eight Pardee Symposia were reviewed and accepted by the Annual Program Committee, and all speakers are invited.

Session details

The Pardee Keynote Symposia are made possible by a grant from the Joseph T. Pardee Memorial Fund.

P1. Creating Citizen Scientists: Needs and Opportunities to Engage Students and the Public in the Process of Science
Cosponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers; U.S. Geological Survey
Mon., 29 Oct., 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Anne E. Egger, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.; Robert W. Ridky, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Reston, Va.
The goal of this session is to highlight techniques that allow students and the general public greater access to the process of science, increasing their understanding of socioscientific issues, ideally leading to their participation in society as citizen scientists. [ more ]
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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P2. Identifying America's Most Vulnerable Oceanfront Communities: A Geological Perspective
Sun., 28 Oct., 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Joseph T. Kelley, University of Maine, Orono, Maine; Rob Young, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.; Orrin Pilkey, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Rising sea level and storms threaten shoreline development along America's beaches. This session focuses on 12 beaches at extreme risk of destruction. Speakers address common geologic and historic risk factors and weigh their future options. [ more ]
Marine/Coastal Science; Public Policy; Geomorphology
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P3. Middle Eastern Water Resources in Times of Crisis
Cosponsored by GSA Hydrogeology Division
Tues., 30 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Avner Vengosh, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; John W. Lane, USGS, Storrs Mansfield, Conn.
This session seeks to provide an interdisciplinary overview of water resources in the Middle East that examines current depletion rates, degradation of water quality, and technological solutions within the socio-political context of the region. [ more ]
Hydrogeology; Public Policy; Geology and Health
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P4. New Data, Models, and Concepts of the San Andreas Fault System
Cosponsored by GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Tues., 30 Oct., 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.; Mark Zoback, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
A session dedicated to integrating spatial and temporal variations of deformation observed on the San Andreas fault system in central California: The session will address new results from SAFOD (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth) in addition to other ongoing studies. [ more ]
Tectonics; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Structural Geology
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P5. New Eyes and Ears on Mars: Recent Advances in Understanding the Red Planet
Cosponsored by GSA Planetary Geology Division
Mon., 29 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Herbert Frey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Goddard Space Flight Center, Gambrills, Md.
A growing armada of spacecraft has steadily increased our ability to explore Mars in more detailed ways through the use of new "eyes" and "ears." This session will highlight recent discoveries using these new sensors. The latest results will be placed in the ongoing context of both continued global mapping and persistent surface exploration. [ more ]
Planetary Geology
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P6. Oxygen, Evolution, and Extinction
Cosponsored by Paleontological Society
Sun., 28 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Peter Ward, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.; Robert Berner, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
A major discovery of the twenty-first century is that oxygen levels in the past fluctuated more than previously realized, and that major geological and evolutionary events were a consequence. For instance, times of low oxygen can be blamed for at least six major or minor mass extinctions, while times of high oxygen allowed the evolution of giant insects (Carboniferous) and even the conquest of land, which took place in two parts, dictated by oxygen levels. Rates of evolution also appear to be related to oxygen levels, with more "sluggish" evolution during times of high oxygen. Even the major make-up of animal body plans into the various phyla show that adaptations for respiration were a primary driver of anatomy, while it was an episode of higher oxygen that seems to have stimulated or allowed the first evolution of animals, according to two 2006 studies. Finally, our society must come to grips with episodes of low oxygen and oxygen-free water masses in the oceans and lakes of our planet. [ more ]
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Planetary Geology
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P7. Pulse of the Earth: Geochronology and Paleomagnetism of Large Igneous Provinces-The Key to Reconstructing Precambrian Supercontinents
Cosponsored by Precambrian [At Large]; International Geological Correlations Program Project 509, Paleoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution
Sun., 28 Oct., 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
David A.D. Evans, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; Joseph G. Meert, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
Supercontinents and large igneous provinces (LIPs) relate mantle processes to environmental conditions in deep time. Focused geochronologic and paleomagnetic studies of LIPs can reconstruct pre-Pangean supercontinents and assess relationships with geodynamics, metallogeny, paleoclimate, and life. [ more ]
Precambrian Geology; Tectonics; Planetary Geology
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P8. The Cause of Global Warming—Are We Facing Global Catastrophe in the Coming Century?
Cosponsored by GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Wed., 31 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
Don Easterbrook, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.
Possible causes of global warming will be discussed by distinguished scientists from geology, astrophysics, climatology, and oceanography. Various kinds of physical evidence for possible causes of climatic warming will be presented. [ more ]
Environmental Geoscience; Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Quaternary Geology
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