Topical Sessions

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Topical Sessions

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These sessions are topically focused, with a mix of invited and volunteered papers. They are sorted by primary discipline, but most sessions are designed to be interdisciplinary. Related disciplines are listed with each session.

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T1. Sources, Transport, Fate, and Toxicology of Trace Elements and Organics in the Environment
International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Geochemical Society
David T. Long, W.B. Lyons, LeeAnn Munk
Basic and applied research on trace elements and organics in the environment are encouraged. Topics include those that relate to understanding and modeling sources, transport and fate; human and ecosystem health; and environmental assessment and remediation.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health
T3. Sigma Gamma Epsilon Undergraduate Research (Posters)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Erika R. Elswick
The goal of this session is to highlight recent and on-going undergraduate research in a student-friendly forum. The session is open to students and faculty co-authors working in any area of the geosciences.
Geochemistry | Hydrogeology | Petrology, Igneous
T4. Geochemical Proxies for Ancient Ocean Chemistry: Implications for Links Between Ocean Chemistry, Plate Tectonics, Sea Level, and Climate throughout the Late Precambrian and Phanerozoic
Cara K. Thompson, Troy Rasbury
This topical session will feature geochemical proxy studies that link ancient ocean chemistry with changes in climate state, sea level, plate tectonics, and the biosphere. Topics include isotope, major, trace, and rare earth element studies.
Geochemistry | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T7. Progress in Forensic Geochemistry
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); Geochemical Society; GSA Geology and Society Division
Russell Harmon Harmon, Jose R. Almirall
The scope of forensic geochemistry has expanded due to rapid development of analytical tools for elemental and isotope ratio analyses. This session covers geochemical approaches to tracing environmental contaminants, materials provenancing, and other forensic applications.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T8. Hydrochemistry and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Mountainous Rivers and Estuaries
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); Geochemical Society
Steven Goldsmith, Russell Harmon, Ryan Moyer
We seek contributions that examine the hydrochemistry of tropical mountainous rivers and/or the biogeochemical cycling and fluxes of material delivered by tropical mountainous rivers to their associated estuarine and coastal waters.
Geochemistry | Geochemistry, Organic | Limnogeology
T9. Geochemistry of Urban Environments
International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC)
W.B. Lyons, David T. Long, Russell Harmon
This session encourages presentations that qualify and quantify the geochemical and biogeochemical impacts of urbanization and urban activities on soil, water, and air resources as well as human and ecosystem health.
Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience | Geology and Health
T11. New Developments and Applications in Sclerochronology
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; Paleontological Society
C. Fred T. Andrus, Donna Surge
Sclerochronology, the study of physical and chemical records in accretionary skeletons, is increasingly important in several disciplines. This session will highlight new geochemical methods, species validation studies, and applications in archaeology, ecology, paleoclimatology, and paleontology.
Archaeological Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T12. A Healthy Dose of Quaternary Geochronology at the Shoreline: Applications of Luminescence and Other Dating Techniques to Resolving the Timing of Coastal, Estuarine, and Lake Shore Processes
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Geochemical Society
Shannon A. Mahan, Kenneth Lepper
We encourage presentations on applications and refinements for dating methods, such as OSL, ESR, fission track, radiocarbon, and cosmogenics, with a focus on constraining the timing and rates of Quaternary geologic processes around coastal shorelines.
Archaeological Geology | Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology
T13. Geoarchaeological Approaches to Paleoenvironments and Landscapes
GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Katherine A. Adelsberger, Justin A. Holcomb
Geoarchaeologists utilize a variety of proxy records as primary evidence for landscape and environmental change in archaeological contexts. This session welcomes interdisciplinary papers focused on understanding human interactions with past environments throughout the Quaternary.
Archaeological Geology | Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology
T14. Archaeological Geology (Posters)
GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Katherine A. Adelsberger
This session welcomes poster presentations on interdisciplinary topics in geoarchaeology.
Archaeological Geology | Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology
T16. Cenozoic Ostracode Research: Developments in Paleoclimatology, Paleohydrology, Paleoecology, and Phylogenetics
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Alison J. Smith, Dave Horne, B. Brandon Curry
This session will focus on novel approaches in ostracode research (marine and non-marine) related to Cenozoic paleoclimate, paleohydrology, phylogenetics, and geochemistry. Highlights will include the PETM, Miocene and Pliocene warmth, and Quaternary environmental change.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T17. Quaternary Sedimentary Architecture as a Prerequisite to Hydrogeological Modeling of Glaciated Terrains
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Richard C. Berg, Michel Parent
Establishment of robust Quaternary sedimentary architectural models is essential prior to hydrogeological modeling. These process-based models allow for better prediction of sediments between and beyond observations, and better characterization of regional and local heterogeneity.
Quaternary Geology | Hydrogeology | Geomorphology
T18. The Evolution of Karst Landscapes through Time in Response to Changing Hydrologic, Geomorphic, and Tectonic Conditions
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
Cory W. Blackeagle
How do the characteristics of karst terrain change in response to changes in hydrology, geomorphology, and tectonism? How are these changes reflected in the landscape and hydrogeology? Recent advances in methodology will also be highlighted.
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | Hydrogeology
T19. Recent Sea-Level Change in a Late Holocene Context
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Benjamin Horton, Andrew Kemp
Regional sea-level records from proxy reconstructions and tide-gauges provide appropriate and necessary context for current and projected rates of rise. Such records constrain the timing and magnitude of sea-level changes and their relationship to climate.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Marine/Coastal Science
T20. Quaternary Atlantic Coastal Plain Formation and Evolution
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
M. Scott Harris
This session will focus on the surficial sedimentary deposits of the eastern U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain. Papers on geomorphic investigations, stratigraphic delineation and nomenclature, landscape development and modification, geochronological understanding, and recent tectonics are welcomed.
Quaternary Geology | Stratigraphy | Sediments, Clastic
T21. Geological Records of Earthquakes and Tsunamis on Passive and Active Margins Coasts
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA International Section
Simon E. Engelhart, Alan R. Nelson
Coastal stratigraphic studies are the only means of reconstructing the frequency and size of the largest earthquakes and highest tsunamis, which is critical for assessing hazards on active and passive continental margin coasts.
Quaternary Geology | Geomorphology | Tectonics
T22. Using Buried Soils to Reconstruct Past Climates: Opportunities and Considerations
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Holly A. Meier, Jessica LB Monson, Ashley B. Zung
This session aims to (1) further investigate "soils as archives of past climates" using preserved pedogenic features, and (2) evaluate developed proxies for modern and ancient systems.
Quaternary Geology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T23. Gullies in the Landscape
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GEOLOGY Journal
Ronadh Cox, Paul Bierman
Session addresses all aspects of gullying (on Earth and other Solar System bodies), including field and remote-sensing studies of gully occurrence, mechanics of gully formation, environmental and sedimentological consequences, engineering challenges, and the roles of humans and natural forcing factors.
Quaternary Geology | Engineering Geology | Public Policy
T24. Geomorphology of the Anthropocene: The Surficial Legacy of Past and Present Human Activities
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Anne J. Jefferson, Karl W. Wegmann, Anne Chin
This session explores the legacy of human activities and land use on earth surface processes and landforms. Studies on the impacts of agriculture, mining, urbanization, and forestry in prehistoric, historic, and modern times are welcome.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology | Archaeological Geology
T25. Landslides and Debris Flows: Global Problems, Local Solutions
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; USGS Landslide Hazards Program; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
Dennis M. Staley, Rex L. Baum, Thad A. Wasklewicz
This session explores current understanding of past and present landslides and debris flows and our ability to predict future events. Contributions that address problems associated with any type of landslide or debris flow are encouraged.
Geomorphology | Engineering Geology
T26. Linking Coastal and Aeolian Geomorphology at the Beach-Dune Interface
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Jean Ellis, Chris Houser
Exploring coastal and aeolian processes and landforms, their linkages at the beach- dune interface and the implications for coastal response and recovery from storms.
Geomorphology | Marine/Coastal Science
T27. Post-Glacial Landscape Evolution: Landforms and Processes in Alpine and Sub-Alpine Areas
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Bradley G. Johnson, Michael O'Neal, Jacqueline A. Smith, Edward Evenson
This session focuses on landscape evolution in alpine and sub-alpine areas after the last glacial maximum. We encourage contributions focused on Holocene glaciation, pedogenic processes, rock glacier evolution, mass wasting, and hillslope modeling.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology
T28. Channel Morphology and Hydraulic Geometry of Channelized Flows: Linking Observations from a Variety of Environments and Scales
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Kory Matthew Konsoer, Jessica Ann Zinger
This session welcomes contributions using field measurements, remotely sensed data, and laboratory experiments to understand channel morphology and hydraulic geometry in a variety of environments, ranging from rivers to submarine channels to Martian valley networks.
Geomorphology | Sediments, Clastic | Planetary Geology
T29. Advances in the Study of Physical Weathering Processes and Their Influence on Landscape Evolution
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Martha Cary Eppes, Bernard Hallet, Leslie D. McFadden
This session welcomes all field, instrumentation, and modeling studies of physical-weathering including documentation of rates and processes of rock degradation as well as links to the evolution of the surface of Earth or other planets.
Geomorphology | Quaternary Geology | Planetary Geology
T30. The Fluvial System: The Legacy of Stanley A. Schumm (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Allen C. Gellis, Benjamin Hayes
This session will honor Stan Schumm and be centered on key paradigms Stan established: dynamic equilibrium, episodic response, sediment and channel morphology, river variability and complexity, baselevel change and tectonics, and climate-watershed dynamics.
Geomorphology | Environmental Geoscience | Quaternary Geology
T32. 50 Years of the Centralia, Pennsylvania, Coal Fire: What We Have Learned from This and Other Coal Fires
GSA Coal Geology Division
Jennifer M. Elick
This session will review what we have learned from the Centralia coal fire in Pennsylvania and will examine current research being conducted at other locations where coal fires influence the landscape.
Coal Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T33. Frontiers in Coal Science: From Basic Research to Applied Technology
GSA Coal Geology Division
Kevin B. Jones, Margo D. Corum
This session highlights recent advances in coal science. Topics include environmental effects of coal utilization, characterization of coal combustion products, coal gasification/liquefaction, economics of coal use, carbon sequestration, coal petrology, and sedimentology.
Coal Geology | Geology and Health | Environmental Geoscience
T34. Shale and Mudrock Energy Sources: Explore the Life of a Shale Oil or Gas Project: Discover the Characteristics of a Shale Resource, Global Locations of Proven and Potential Shale Reservoirs, and How Reservoir Characterization Determines Drilling and Recov
GSA Geophysics Division; American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Ann Vasko Givan
What are shale play characteristics? Locate proven or potential shale resources. Identify knowledge critical to acquire from varied geo-disciplines and how it is integrated into the project workflow. Enhance your understanding of unconventional shale resources.
Petroleum Geology | Geochemistry | Economic Geology
T35. Consequences of a 21st-Century Paradigm Shift in Natural Resource Exploration, along with a Parallel Shift in Exploring for, and Developing a Diverse, Highly Qualified Workforce
American Association of Petroleum Geologists; Association for Women Geoscientists; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Ann Vasko Givan
A paradigm shift occurred in the last millennia, dramatically altering the way business is done. Technological advances changed how energy resources are produced and rapid information transfer altered the face of the workplace and workforce.
Economic Geology | History and Philosophy of Geology | Geoscience Information/Communication
T36. Geology and Mineral Resources of the Carolina Slate Belt: A Tribute to Robert Carpenter
Society of Economic Geologists
James A. Saunders, Jeffrey C. Reid, Doug Crowe
The Carolina Slate belt is an accreted Cambrian island arc terrane with significant past mining history, and a modern-day gold rush ongoing.
Economic Geology | Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry
T37. Cutting-Edge Developments in Energy and Other Natural Resources
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Ann Vasko Givan, Robbie Gries
The opportunity to hear from highly acclaimed scientists, recognized by their professional peers, of their recent innovations, discoveries, novel solutions, challenges, and applications associated with energy. Traditional and alternative resource topics will be represented.
Economic Geology | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T38. Subduction-Related Mantle Preparation and Subsequent Magmatism and Ore Genesis
Society of Economic Geologists
James A. Saunders, Jeremy P. Richards, Matthew Brueseke
This session explores how subduction at convergent plate boundaries enriches the overlying lithospheric mantle with volatiles and metal(loids)that are easily incorporated into late- or post-subduction magma- and ore-forming processes.
Economic Geology | Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry
T39. Weathering of Mineral Deposits in Semi-Tropical and Tropical Climates
Society of Economic Geologists
James A. Saunders, Dennis LaPoint, J. Richard Kyle
Weathering can upgrade the value of mineral resources, allows for geochemical exploration for them, can lead to the formation of new (secondary) mineral resources, and also can cause substantial environmental problems.
Economic Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry
T40. Practical Applications of Environmental and Engineering Geology
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists—Carolinas Section; GSA Geology and Society Division
Paul Weaver
This session will focus on applied geology projects in order to provide insight into how geology is currently being used to investigate and provide practical solutions to geological issues.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
T41. Technical and Non-Technical Guidelines and Best Practices for Hazard Studies
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Geological Survey of Canada; U.S. Geological Survey; GSA International Section
Peter T. Bobrowsky
This session provides a forum for geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists and geoscientists to review guidelines, and best practice and protocol documents that address the practice, obligations, and accreditation concerns of geosciences.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication
T42. Characterizing and Quantifying Hazardous Natural Processes: Beyond Inventory Maps
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Commission #1: Internat. Assoc. for Engineering Geology & the Environment; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Geology and Society Division
Jeffrey R. Keaton, Norman S. Levine, Bruce R. Hilton, Samantha E. Hansen
Hazardous processes characterized by simple inventories do not provide location, magnitude, and frequency of future events needed for mitigation decisions and response planning. This session will focus on challenges to society and opportunities for geologists.
Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience | Public Policy
T43. Insights into Geological Processes and Hazards Acquired through Recent Technological Advances
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; USGS Landslide Hazards Program; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
William J. Burns, William H. Schulz, Richard M. Wooten
Continuing advances in remote sensing, in-situ monitoring, laboratory and field testing, and computing tools are providing new insights into geological processes. This session will explore the use of these tools in engineering geology and geomorphology.
Engineering Geology | Geomorphology | Environmental Geoscience
T44. GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental and Engineering Geology
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Norman S. Levine, Khalid A. Ali, John Chadwick
GIS and remote sensing technologies are essential tools in environmental and engineering geology. This session will highlight case studies and cutting-edge applications of the technologies for visualization and interpretation of applied geologic problems.
Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System | Engineering Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T45. Perspectives in Floodplain System Science
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research & Educ. Center at Congaree Nat. Park; U.S. Geological Survey
David C. Shelley, Paul M. Bradley
This interdisciplinary session encourages studies related to modern and/or ancient floodplains. This includes studies of specific physical, chemical, and biological processes as well as studies related to function, development, architecture, management, and associated economic resources.
Environmental Geoscience | Geomorphology | Geochemistry
T46. Determining Chronological Environmental Records with Short Lived Isotopes: Problems and Solutions
Geochemical Society
Charles W. Homes, Gregg R. Brooks
In many projects, using of radioisotopes to establish chronologies of sedimentary systems, the criteria concerning the distribution of the radioisotopes are assumed or ignored resulting in misinterpretations. This session seeks presentations that address these problems.
Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry | Geomorphology
T47. Geological CO2 Storage Monitoring and Characterization from Injection Intervals to the Vadose Zone: Detection Methods and Field Applications
GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geosphysics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Jean-Philippe Nicot, Seyyed A. Hosseini
Covering qualitative and quantitative CO2 storage monitoring and detection methods, including characterization of seals and leakage pathways from injection intervals to the vadose-zone along with interdisciplinary talks in the area of environmental and engineering geosciences.
Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology | Hydrogeology
T50. Alterations in Water Environment and Human Health Consequences
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Motomu Ibaraki, Jiyoung Lee, Song Liang
This session will highlight a wide range of issues associated with human health impacts of natural and anthropogenic alterations of the water environment and resources.
Geology and Health | Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience
T51. Geology and Health: Getting the Word Out
GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; Geoscience Information Society
Julia Linnaea Wise, Robert B. Finkelman
This session will highlight examples of how to successfully communicate the value of geoscience input in health to the health/biomedical communities, decision makers, and to the public.
Geology and Health | Geoscience Education | Public Policy
T52. The Role of Mineralogy in Geobiology: Nanoscale Studies
Mineralogical Society of America
Gordon E. Brown, Georges Calas, Francois Guyot
This MSA-sponsored session honoring Karim Benzerara, a 2012 MSA Awardee, will explore the impact of microorganisms on a variety of geochemical and mineralogical processes, including biomineralization, microbe–earth material–metal ion interactions, and biogeochemical cycling of elements.
Geomicrobiology | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T53. EarthScope and Geoprisms in Eastern North America: Ongoing Endeavors and a Look Ahead
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Lara S. Wagner, Maria Beatrice Magnani
We seek abstracts about ongoing and upcoming EarthScope and GeoPRISMS research in eastern North America, looking at tectonic processes, such as (but not limited to) continent growth, rifting initiation, and the role of inherited structures.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Structural Geology | Geochemistry
T54. Combining Geophysics and Geology: The George P. Woollard Award Session
GSA Geophysics Division
Audrey Huerta, Samantha E. Hansen
This session honors the recipient of the George P. Woollard recipient for his or her outstanding geophysics contributions that advance our understanding of geology. Contributions combining geophysics and geology to solve geologic problems are welcome.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Tectonics
T55. Dynamic Views of North America from EarthScope-Related Research (Digital Posters)
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Steve Whitmeyer, John A. Hole
The continental-scale EarthScope project has produced compelling images with new insights into the structure and deformation of North America. This digital poster session will highlight visualizations associated with EarthScope-related projects—past, present, and future. digital poster session
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Structural Geology | Tectonics
T56. Phase Transformations and Geodynamics: Mineralogy in Action: Devoted to Harry Green, 2012 Roebling Medalist
Mineralogical Society of America; American Geophysical Union; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA International Section
Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya, Russell Hemley, Michael Brown
We seek contributions on high-pressure rheology, petrology, shearing instabilities, phase transformations, and rock exhumation from great depths. Experiments, modeling that examine mineral-reaction–enabling flow/failure in spreading centers, subduction zones, and continental collision terranes are encouraged.
Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Petrology, Experimental | Mineralogy/Crystallography
T57. Building a Professional Portfolio through Hands-On Research Activities in the Geosciences: Focusing on Early Involvement of Undergraduate and K–12 Students (Posters)
GSA Geology and Society Division; Council on Undergraduate Research; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session is open to faculty mentors and students interested in general geology and environmental topics that warrant field, computational, and laboratory-based data as part of their research tools. Domestic and international geoscience-related issues are highly welcome.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Environmental Geoscience
T58. Formative Assessment in Geoscience Education (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Matthew A. Ludwig, Heather L. Petcovic
Classroom formative assessment can significantly improve student achievement through feedback during the learning process, rather than by grading. This poster session explores research, practical examples, and technology related to formative assessment in college geoscience courses.
Geoscience Education
T59. Seeing through the Eyes of the Geologist: Eye Tracking, Video, and Image Analysis in Geoscience Education and Geocognition Research (Digital Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division
Caitlin N. Callahan, Julie Libarkin
This session focuses on the use and analysis of eye-tracking, video, and still images within empirical research in geoscience education and geocognition. Presentations may describe novel methodologies, applications, and/or results from research studies. digital poster session
Geoscience Education
T60. EarthScope in Geoscience Education and Outreach: Past Successes and Future Opportunities
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Steven Semken, J. Ramón Arrowsmith, Steven J. Whitmeyer
Educators and scientists who use EarthScope facilities, projects, data, or scientific findings in support of geoscience education and outreach for students, teachers, decision makers, and the public can feature and share their practices, materials, and outcomes.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T61. Research and Instructional Approaches of Access and Inclusion to Increase Diversity in the Geosciences
GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Advisory for Geoscience Diversity
Christopher Atchison, Sharon Locke
Geoscience educators and students are encouraged to disseminate research findings and instructional experiences that promotes the enhancement of a diverse participation in the geosciences through increased access and inclusion.
Geoscience Education | Geology and Health | Geoscience Information/Communication
T62. Geology Careers for New Geology Graduates
GSA Geophysics Division; American Institute of Professional Geologists; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
John M. Stewart, Ronald J. Wallace
Geologists working in different areas of employment will advise students regarding their career opportunities and highlight many areas where jobs are available about which students may not be aware.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T63. Digital Education Resources and Strategies: Best Practices and Content That Support Hybrid Learning K–20 and Professionally
GSA Geoscience Education Division; On the Cutting Edge
Christopher Thomas, Jennifer A. Nelson, Karin B. Kirk
This session showcases strategies for digital instructional content, collections, or teaching/training strategies that enhance or replace traditional face-to-face approaches. The emphasis is on approaches that are researched and assessed and are shareable, open source, and scaleable.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T64. Informal Geosciences Education and Learning Environments
UNC Charlotte Ctr. for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Educ.
Andy R. Bobyarchick, David K. Pugalee
Informal learning environments support community science literacy beyond traditional academic venues through the use of designed spaces where people pursue interests in science, engage in inquiry, and reflect on those experiences.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Public Policy
T65. Student Use of Smart Phone/Tablet Technology in the Field or Classroom: An Educational Resource or the Bane of Your Existence? (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division
J. Armour
This session addresses the costs/benefits and successes/failures in student use of smart phone and tablet technology within geoscience learning environments.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T66. New Strategies for Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, and Volcanology (MPVG) to Geoscience Majors and General Education Students (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Elizabeth A. Johnson, Jodie Hayob, Shelley Jaye, Elizabeth McClellan
This session explores (1) strategies for teaching MPGV topics, including energy and mineral resources, to geoscience majors or students in introductory courses, and (2) ways to transfer pedagogy and content between introductory and advanced courses.
Geoscience Education | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Petrology, Igneous
T67. Innovative Classroom Approaches to Teaching Biogeochemistry
Council on Undergraduate Research; International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC); Geochemical Society
Steven Goldsmith, Sarah K. Fortner, Stephen Levas
We seek contributions that entail innovative classroom approaches to teaching biogeochemistry at a variety of levels (K–12, undergraduate, and graduate). Of particular interest are approaches that blend research and classroom experiences.
Geoscience Education | Geochemistry | Limnogeology
T68. Undergraduate Research as Teaching Practice
Council on Undergraduate Research
Patricia Manley, Jeff Ryan, Edward C. Hansen
This session will deal with educational aspects of undergraduate research ranging from assessments of the pedagogical effectiveness of different approaches, mentoring students, and the nuts and bolts of setting up and doing research with students.
Geoscience Education
T70. Fostering the Next Generation: Support for Pre-College Teachers and Students by Professional Societies, Institutions, and Federal Agencies
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association; GSA Education & Outreach Teacher Advocate Program; American Geophysical Union Education Program
Michael J. Passow
Sharing exemplars of programs created by professional societies, educational institutions, organizations, and federal agencies that effectively support K–12 teachers and students and foster the next generation of geoscientists.
Geoscience Education
T71. Climate Literacy: Research and Evaluation Outcomes from Informal and Formal Climate Education Efforts
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network; GSA Geology and Society Division
Susan Buhr, Karen S. McNeal
This session encourages abstracts which provide evidence-based knowledge and guidance for the climate education community from a variety of formal and informal educational contexts.
Geoscience Education
T72. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, and Resource Management
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Bruce A. Heise, Jason P. Kenworthy
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations on geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology and geomorphology, and resource management in National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites are encouraged.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Marine/Coastal Science
T73. Successful Strategies for Teaching Online Geoscience Courses
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Shane V. Smith
This session will focus on successful pedagogical strategies, laboratory activities, and assessment tools that can be used to improve and support teaching and learning in online geoscience courses.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication
T74. Teaching Controversy in the K–16 Earth Science Classroom
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Paleontological Society; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Laura A. Guertin, Tanya Furman
Evolution, climate change, offshore drilling, nuclear energy—all are topics rich in content and controversial in nature. We seek presenters to share approaches and strategies for introducing controversy in the K–16 classroom.
Geoscience Education
T75. Climate Literacy: Formal and Informal Educational Activities and Community Outreach to Support an Informed Society
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Climate Literacy Network; GSA Geology and Society Division
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Jeffrey Ryan
This session will focus on descriptions of efforts for pre-college (students & teachers), higher education, informal education audiences and community outreach, including materials, activities, curriculum, capstone projects, service learning, professional development programs, and community activities.
Geoscience Education | Geoscience Information/Communication | Public Policy
T76. Teaching Teachers: Examples of Successful Geoscience Content Courses and Workshops for Pre-Service and in-Service Teachers
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Kyle Gray, Jennifer Anderson, Amy L. Ellwein
This technical session brings together presentations that illustrate courses or lessons designed for pre-service or in-service teachers including geoscience content courses, field-based courses, and summer workshops.
Geoscience Education
T77. Innovations and Challenges in Non-Major Instruction in Two- and Four-Year Colleges
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Geo2YC; GSA Geoscience Education Division
David H. Voorhees, Suzanne T. Metlay
This session explores innovative pedagogy of part- and full-time faculty in geoscience classes predominantly of diverse students solely seeking general education requirements. This requires innovative strategies to ensure engagement and success in all learning environments.
Geoscience Education
T78. Citizen Science, Mobile Applications, and Geoscience (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Christopher Lowry, Michael N. Fienen
The focus of this session will be to demonstrate the use and applications of both citizen science projects and mobile applications within the geosciences.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience
T79. Uncertainty in Earth and Climate Science: Communicating Uncertainty to the Public
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA International Section
David W. Szymanski, J.E. Fryxell, Tamara Shapiro Ledley
The term "uncertainty" carries a dramatically different meaning in the public realm compared to the way it is used by scientists. This session will cover pitfalls and strategies in communicating uncertainty in scientific data.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoscience Education | Public Policy
T80. Geoscience Information: Investing in the Future
Geoscience Information Society; Elsevier
Robert L. Tolliver
How are libraries investing in the future of geoscience information? This session will look at traditional print and online publications, non-traditional information sources, data management and digital repositories, preservation, and other future information resources.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics | Geoscience Education
T81. Don't be a Dinosaur: Geoscience Information in the 21st Century (Posters)
Geoscience Information Society
Robert L. Tolliver
This poster session will provide a glimpse of the different ways that geoscience librarians and others are addressing the information challenges of the 21st century.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Geoinformatics | Geoscience Education
T82. Geologic Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic and Geophysical Maps (Posters)
GSA Geophysics Division; Association of American State Geologists; U.S. Geological Survey; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA International Section
Richard C. Berg, Ralph F. Crawford, Michael W. Higgins, Linda Jacobsen, E. Donald McKay, Hazen A.J. Russell, David R. Soller, Harvey Thorleifson
This poster session will highlight new geologic maps, mapping programs, and innovations in geological mapping, including data management, web accessibility, 3-D, and applications in water and land management.
Geoscience Information/Communication | Hydrogeology | Engineering Geology
T83. Issues in Geology and Public Policy: A Clash of Cultures/An Intersection of Interests
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; American Geosciences Institute
Michael A. Phillips, David W. Szymanski
This session will present examples of when geologists have worked with federal, state, and local leaders to ensure the geologic perspective was a valuable component in public decision making or the development of public policy.
Public Policy | Environmental Geoscience | Geoscience Information/Communication
T84. "It Appears on Examination That Some of the Hills are Rich in Gold"—the History and Legacy of Gold Mining in the Southeastern United States: 1800 to 2012
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; History of Earth Sciences Society
Michael S. Smith
In the 1800's, the discovery of gold in North Carolina fomented a regional gold rush and economic boom in the South. Later gold rushes in the region have nurtured both economic development and environmental concerns.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Economic Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T85. The Great Charleston Earthquake (1886) and the Development of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering
GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
K.R. Aalto
Clarence Dutton, who investigated the 1886 Charleston earthquake, was a pioneer in seismology and earthquake engineering. This session will explore their late 19th-century development in North America and worldwide, as linked to specific earthquake events.
History and Philosophy of Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Engineering Geology
T86. Estimation Techniques and Controls on Natural and Artificial Recharge
GSA Hydrogeology Division
H.S. Nance, John Izbicki, Bridget Scanlon
This session focuses on physical, chemical, and isotopic techniques for estimating natural and artificial recharge. Field studies and modeling analyses will be used to assess controls on groundwater recharge at varying spatial and temporal scales.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry
T87. Building Capacity for Hydrologic Science in Water-Stressed Regions of the World (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists, U.S. National Chapter; National Ground Water Association; Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc.; GSA Limnogeology Division
Alan E. Fryar, Adam Milewski, Mohamed I. Sultan
The development and prudent management of water resources depends upon the appropriate training of hydrologists. We seek posters on integrating hydrologic education with research and practice in water-stressed regions, especially in Africa and Asia.
Hydrogeology | Geoscience Education
T88. Geological and Hydrogeological Characterization Studies at CO2 Sequestration Sites
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA International Section
Benjamin J. Rostron
There are numerous geological CO2 sequestration projects planned and underway worldwide. This session addresses results of geological, geochemical, and hydrogeological characterization studies conducted at CO2 sequestration sites.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T89. Groundwater–Surface Water Interactions: Approaches for Improved Decision Making for Water Resource Issues
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Brewster Conant, Jr., Donald O. Rosenberry
To what extent has improved understanding of groundwater-surface water interactions led to better management? Examples of good science leading to better management are sought regarding issues related to water supply, ecological impacts, or water-resource contamination.
Hydrogeology | Limnogeology | Marine/Coastal Science
T90. Coastal Surface Water–Groundwater Interactions
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Jaye E. Cable, Clare E. Robinson, Audrey H. Sawyer
This session highlights surface water–groundwater interactions and their influence on water quality, biogeochemical cycles, and ecosystem processes in settings from coastal rivers to the continental shelf. Studies at all spatial and temporal scales are welcome.
Hydrogeology | Marine/Coastal Science | Environmental Geoscience
T91. The Hydrology of Headwater Catchments (Posters)
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Weston R. Dripps, C. Brannon Andersen
This session focuses on hydrologic research in headwater catchments. Headwater catchments influence the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream rivers and are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic factors, including urbanization, land-cover change, and pollution.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry
T92. Eogenetic Karst Aquifers: Water Resources and Water Quality
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
Lewis A. Land, Lee J. Florea
Eogenetic karst aquifers in coastal areas are particularly vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic contamination. Papers are welcome on water resource and water quality issues in such aquifers, as well as methods used to characterize and remediate them.
Hydrogeology | Marine/Coastal Science | Sediments, Carbonates
T93. Advances in Hydrology and Sustainable Water Management in Coastal Environments
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Alex K. Manda, Michael A. O'Driscoll
This session focuses on water sources, water fluxes, and water quality issues in coastal environments. Topics include coastal plain and barrier island hydrology, saltwater intrusion, groundwater–surface water interactions, modeling, water quality, and management challenges.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Marine/Coastal Science
T94. Dissolved Gases and Bubbles in Groundwater: Applications and Emerging Topics
GSA Hydrogeology Division
Karl B. Haase
This session provides an opportunity to present advances and studies using dissolved gases in groundwater systems, including information about processes that can modify levels of dissolved gases in the vadose zone and aquifer system.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry
T95. Biscayne Aquifer
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Michael C. Sukop, Dean Whitman, Virginia Walsh, Joseph D. Hughes, Jayantha Obeysekera, Jefferson B. Giddings
We encourage presentations dealing with all aspects of the geology, physics, chemistry, hydrogeology, geophysics, simulation, protection, and management of the Biscayne Aquifer and its role in the water supply and ecology of southeast Florida.
Hydrogeology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geochemistry
T96. Riparian Ecohydrology and Stream-Aquifer Interactions: Fluxes across the Surface-Subsurface Interface
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Adam S. Ward II, Steven P. Loheide, Laurel G. Larsen, Christopher Lowry, Eric G. Booth
This session encourages studies of riparian zones as a mediator for fluxes of water, solutes, and particulate matter through coupled stream-aquifer-hillslope systems, feedbacks between these end-members, and the implications for water quality and ecosystem function.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geochemistry, Organic
T97. Novel Techniques for the Identification and Quantification of Regional Groundwater Contributions to Streamflow and Related Processes
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Marty D. Frisbee, W. Payton Gardner, Jesus D. Gomez, John L. Wilson
The goal of this session is to promote a greater understanding of the role of deep, basin-scale groundwater in streamflow generation and related processes by presenting new and innovative observational and modeling approaches and techniques.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Geomorphology
T98. Hydrogeology and Geochemistry of Shales
Society of Economic Geologists; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; Geochemical Society
Madeline E. Schreiber, John Chermak
This session will explore the hydrogeologic and geochemical characteristics of shale formations and their potential controls on water quality.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Engineering Geology
T99. Effective Aquifer Management: Connecting Aquifer Management and Regulation to Hydrogeologic Science
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Jack Eggleston, Robert E. Mace
Stress on water-supply aquifers has increased dramatically along with the importance of effective aquifer management and regulation. This session examines regulatory and managerial strategies for regional water supply aquifers threatened by unsustainable water use.
Hydrogeology
T100. Biogeochemical Processes Influence the Environmental Fate of Contaminants: The Role of Hydrology and Ecology in the Chemical Evolution of Water
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Janet S. Herman, Karen C. Rice, Chuanhui Gu
Elucidation of the biogeochemical processes in watersheds that determine the chemical evolution of water improves our predictions of the environmental fate of contaminants. New insights depend upon interdisciplinary study including hydrology and ecology.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Geomicrobiology
T101. Hydrology of Urban Groundwater, Streams, and Watersheds
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists
Anne J. Jefferson, John M. Sharp
This session explores how urbanization affects water quantity, quality, and ecohydrology in groundwater and surface water systems. Field and modeling studies of flow, recharge, water balance, groundwater-stream interactions, water quality, and contamination are welcome.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Engineering Geology
T102. Hydraulic Fracturing for Resource Development or Remediation: Methods, Results, and Industry-Regulatory Response to Environmental Impacts on Ground and Surface Waters
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; International Association of Hydrogeologists; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA International Section
Gerry V. Winter, Neil Coleman
Hydraulic fracturing is important for developing oil, gas, and water in low-permeability formations and is used in remediation of contaminated sites, but the process can result in unintended consequences that adversely affect the environment.
Hydrogeology | Economic Geology | Environmental Geoscience
T103. Groundwater Model Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Ming Ye, Ye Zhang, L. Shawn Matott, Shuiquan Li
This session is focused on new ideas and methods for hydrogeologic inverse modeling and quantification and reduction of uncertainties impacting hydrogeologic models of processes occurring wholly or in part in the subsurface.
Hydrogeology | Environmental Geoscience | Geoinformatics
T104. Quantifying Net Recharge: Precipitation and Evapotranspiration as the Major Water-Budget Components
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Troy P. Bernier, Eric D. Swain
Spatial interpretation involves many assumptions; there can be gross errors when not considering the numerous variables that affect the latent heat value. We present studies involving the comparison and estimation of precipitation and evapotranspiration.
Hydrogeology
T105. Groundwater–Surface Water Interactions: Advances in Measurement and Modeling Techniques
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Andrea E. Brookfield, Brewster Conant, Christine Hatch
Groundwater–surface water interactions are complex and difficult to characterize. This session focuses on new and innovative field, laboratory and modeling methods for identifying and quantifying these interactions across a range of temporal and spatial scales.
Hydrogeology
T106. Arsenic: Fate and Transport in Natural Waters and Aquifers from Basin to Pore-Space Scale
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA International Section; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; Geochemical Society; International Society for Groundwater for Sustainable Development; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee, Ratan Dhar, Karen H. Johannesson, Lois Ongley
All aspects of earth and anthropogenic systems that may impact the occurrence, fate, transport, biogeochemical cycling, and sustainable mitigation of arsenic in water, rocks, and biological organisms will be discussed.
Hydrogeology | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T107. Comparisons of Flow and Chemistry in Eogenetic and Telogentic Karst Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
Jonathan B. Martin, Jason Gulley, Corinne Wong
This session seeks to understand how differences in porosity between eogenetic (primary matrix porosity) and telogenetic (fractured matrix porosity) karst systems influence the hydrological and geochemical processes in karst aquifers, including cave formation.
Hydrogeology | Sediments, Carbonates | Environmental Geoscience
T108. Modern and Ancient Saline Lakes
GSA Limnogeology Division
Daniel Deocampo, Cynthia M. Liutkus
Papers are encouraged from any discipline studying saline lakes and paleolakes, including hydrologic, geochemical, biological, and sedimentary studies, from polar latitudes to equatorial regions.
Limnogeology | Geochemistry | Quaternary Geology
T109. Wetlands: Form, Function and History
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
Michelle F. Goman, Gail M. Ashley
Wetlands are found globally from sea level to high elevations; show incredible geomorphic, sedimentologic, and floral diversity; and provide vital environmental functions. This session welcomes papers that examine all aspects of wetland history and complexity.
Limnogeology | Geomorphology | Hydrogeology
T110. New Perspectives on Modern and Ancient Rift Lakes
GSA Limnogeology Division
David B. Finkelstein, Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch
This session explores paleoclimate, geomicrobiology, geophysical, and geochemical signatures of modern and ancient rift lake environments and sediments. Topics will include geophysical, geochemical, and isotopic signatures of waters, microbes, and mineral facies.
Limnogeology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T111. Lake Systems Through Space and Time
GSA Limnogeology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Elizabeth H. Gierlowski-Kordesch
The study of lake systems includes the fields of sedimentology, paleontology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, and hydrogeology. Precambrian, Phanerozoic, and Holocene to Recent lake sediments are archives of tectonic evolution and climatic change.
Limnogeology | Sediments, Carbonates | Sediments, Clastic
T112. Lacustrine Microbialites Past and Present: Hydrology, Water Chemistry, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy
GSA Limnogeology Division
H. Paul Buchheim, Stanley Awramik, Gareth D. Jones
This session will explore the conditions under which microbialites formed in ancient and modern lacustrine environments. Presentations will address the sedimentologic- stratigraphic records as well as the hydrologic and chemical conditions that favor microbialite formation.
Limnogeology | Sediments, Carbonates | Geomicrobiology
T113. Morphological Responses of Salt Marshes to Interactive Stressors
Kristin R. Wilson, Joseph Kelley
Salt marsh morphology is influenced by climate change, sea-level rise, eutrophication, land-use change, and biotic interactions, among others. This session shares new insights into how these stressors and interactions between them shape salt marsh morphology.
Marine/Coastal Science
T114. Coastal-Plain Watershed-River-Estuarine Connectivity, Material Transport and Sedimentation in a Changing Environment
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Antonio B. Rodriguez, Brent McKee
Studies focusing on the impacts of changes in climate, sea level, and/or land use on the coastal-plain watershed-river-estuarine continuum, which includes floodplains, bay-head deltas, and marshes, over geological or historical time scales are encouraged.
Marine/Coastal Science | Sediments, Clastic | Geochemistry
T115. Recent Sea-Level Rise: Accelerating or Not?
Rob Young, Asbury H. Sallenger
This session will examine the direct and indirect evidence for changes in the rate of sea-level rise over the past 100–200 years.
Marine/Coastal Science | Public Policy | Quaternary Geology
T116. Constructing Deltaic Depositional Systems: Integrating Field Examples, Theory, and Modeling
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Janok Bhattacharya, John Snedden
This session brings together researchers interested in understanding both the physics of deltaic construction from experimental or numerical models as well as the constraints on architectural organization determined from modern and ancient field examples.
Marine/Coastal Science | Sediments, Clastic | Stratigraphy
T117. Submerged Shorelines: Field Evidence and Computer Modeling of Former Sea Levels
James Andrew Cooper
The record of postglacial sea-level change is drowned on the continental shelf, but growing numbers of stratigraphic and geomorphic observations are revealing a record that is at odds with numerical simulations.
Marine/Coastal Science | Quaternary Geology | Archaeological Geology
T118. Paleotempestology: Proxy Record Development and Climate Forcing Mechanisms
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 588—Preparing for Coastal Change; GSA International Section
Andrea D. Hawkes, Jon Woodruff, Daria Nikitina
We will explore new findings in paleotempestology record development, which identifies the timing and frequency/intensity of tropical cyclones. We welcome studies highlighting forcing mechanisms responsible for past/future cyclone variability. Integrated field, lab, and model analyses are encouraged.
Marine/Coastal Science | Geomorphology | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T119. The Role of Microfossils in Environmental Monitoring
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Elizabeth A. Nesbitt, Ruth A. Martin
This session focuses on the use of micro-organisms, living or fossil, as indicators of environmental stress, including pollution, hypoxia, acidification, and climate change in coastal and estuarine settings.
Marine/Coastal Science | Environmental Geoscience | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T120. Coastal Hazards—Common Themes of Storm and Tsunami Processes and Impacts
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division
Robert Weiss, Joanne Bourgeois, Jonathan D. Woodruff
We highlight projects that study storms and tsunamis from different perspectives (e.g., science, engineering, education) to develop priorities for interdisciplinary research and for how such research can increase awareness of and preparedness for coastal hazards.
Marine/Coastal Science | Quaternary Geology | Public Policy
T121. Rapid Sea-Level Rise and Its Impacts: Past, Present, and Future
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA International Section
George T. Stone, Michael E. Mann, Stanley R. Riggs, Andrew M. Buddington
This session convenes leading scientists from diverse disciplines to present current research on one of the most compelling issues in the geosciences: rapid sea-level rise and the attendant threat to coastlines worldwide.
Marine/Coastal Science | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Environmental Geoscience
T122. Fossils Plants as Paleoenvironmental Recorders
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Dana L. Royer, Daniel J. Peppe
There are a growing number of tools for reconstructing paleoenvironments using fossil plants, ranging from isotopes to anatomy. This session will highlight paleobotanical proxy development and fossil case studies for reconstructing paleoclimate and paleoecology.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Geochemistry, Organic
T123. Biotracers, Mineralogical and Geochemical Properties of Circum-Arctic Sediment Sources, and Runoff toward the Arctic Ocean
D.A. Darby
Reviews and new information about the mineralogy, geochemistry, and biotracer content of sediment sources and abstracts on circum-Arctic continental erosion are encouraged for this session on the prospect of future Arctic IODP drilling.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Sediments, Clastic | Marine/Coastal Science
T124. Oceans and Climates through Earth History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments (Posters)
Cushman Foundation; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Society
Miriam E. Katz, Beth A. Christensen, David P. Gillikin, Alicia C.M. Kahn
This session brings together proxy and modeling studies to improve our understanding of rapid ocean and climate events, and shifts between long-term climate states, within the context of normal climate variability throughout Earth's history.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T125. Quantitative Cenozoic Terrestrial Climate Reconstructions in the Northern Hemisphere: Evidence from Paleo-Proxies and Beyond
Paleontological Society
Yusheng (Christopher) Liu, Torsten Utescher
The session will address the Cenozoic terrestrial climate reconstructions in the Northern Hemisphere by integrating evidence from various paleo-proxies and modeling experiments.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T126. Late Triassic Climates, Environments, and Life on Pangaean North America
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
S.I. Dworkin, Lee Nordt, Stacy Atchley
This session evaluates the state of research concerning Late Triassic environmental conditions preceding the Tr/Jr mass extinction. Disciplines reviewed include paleogeography, paleobotany, paleontology, palynology, paleopedology, stratigraphy, and paleoceanographic conditions.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Stratigraphy | Geochemistry
T127. Terrestrial Proxies of Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment in Deep Time
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Geochemical Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Lauren A. Michel, Jennifer M. Cotton, Ethan Hyland
This session focuses on advances in new proxy techniques as well as reconstructions of past environmental and climatic conditions for the terrestrial ecosystems as analogs for the impacts of future anthropogenically driven climate change.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry | Sediments, Clastic
T128. Investigating the Future of Uranium in the Geosciences: An Examination of Environmental Studies and Applications
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Geochemical Society
Jessica M. Morrison, Ginger E. Sigmon, Peter C. Burns
A diverse body of work spanning atomic-scale studies of uranium in the solid-state to environmental remediation of actinide contaminants will be presented with insights from speakers on topics including bioremediation, contaminant transport, and Fukushima.
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Geochemistry | Environmental Geoscience
T129. Advances in Spectroscopy for Geological and Mineralogical Analysis
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC)
Thomas Tague, Sheila Seaman
This session will focus on the application of a growing variety of spectroscopic techniques to geologic problems and further understanding of structures and properties of minerals, glasses, and other geologic materials.
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry
T130. Bloss Mineralogical Session: In Honor of the Life-Time Accomplishments of F. Donald Bloss, Emeritus Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, as a Researcher, Author, and Teacher in the Field of Optical Mineralogy
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Mickey E. Gunter, Nancy Ross
Contributions are broadly oriented toward teaching and research in optical mineralogy and applications of polarized light microscopy (e.g., petrology, forensics, asbestos identification, etc.) and those wishing to honor Professor Bloss for his contributions in mineralogy.
Mineralogy/Crystallography | Petrology, Experimental | Geoscience Education
T131. The Relationship between Silicic Plutons and Ignimbrites: Exploring the Contradictions
GSA Geophysics Division; Geochemical Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Craig C. Lundstrom, D.S. Coleman
We solicit contributions aimed at discussion of the problem of upper crustal magmatic processes leading to formation of silicic plutons or silicic caldera systems and their relationship to each other.
Petrology, Igneous | Geochemistry | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T132. From Composition and Modal Space, to Biopyriboles, to the Thermodynamics of Metamorphism: The Influence of James B. Thompson, Jr., on Present and Future Mineralogy, Metamorphic Petrology, and Northern Appalachian Geology
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America
Robert J. Tracy, Jo Laird, Mark J. Caddick
This session will contain a wide range of talks that reflect the profound influence of JBT on 20th-century mineralogy and petrology and New England geology as well as those that celebrate his continuing influence into the 21st century.
Petrology, Metamorphic | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Geochemistry
T133. Getting to the Root of It—Metamorphism, Tectonics, and Crustal Evolution
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Mineralogical Society of America; GSA International Section
Nigel M. Kelly, Callum J. Hetherington, Julien Allaz
A robust understanding of continental crustal evolution demands integrated approaches to metamorphic petrology. This session will showcase new research using multi-technique approaches to understanding metamorphic processes operating from subgrain- to orogen-scales.
Petrology, Metamorphic | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Tectonics
T134. Advances in Cenozoic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy, and Paleoecology
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; The Micropalaeontological Society; The Gryzbowski Foundation; Paleontological Society
Thomas W. Dignes
Marine Cenozoic rocks continue to drive both academic and energy resource interest around the world. This session will gather the latest research advances in the foraminiferal biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and paleoecology of those sediments.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Stratigraphy
T135. Advances in Mesozoic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy, and Paleoecology
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; The Micropalaeontological Society; The Gryzbowski Foundation; Paleontological Society
Thomas W. Dignes
Marine Mesozoic rocks continue to drive both academic and energy resource interest around the world. This session will gather the latest research advances in the foraminiferal biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and paleoecology of those sediments.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Stratigraphy
T136. Advances in Paleozoic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy, Chemostratigraphy, and Paleoecology
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research; The Micropalaeontological Society; The Gryzbowski Foundation; Paleontological Society
Thomas W. Dignes
Marine Paleozoic rocks continue to drive both academic and energy resource interest around the world. This session will gather the latest research advances in the foraminiferal biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and paleoecology of those sediments.
Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Stratigraphy
T137. The Evolution of Biomineralization
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; Paleontological Society
Uwe Balthasar, Susannah M. Porter
Biomineralization is one of the most important processes linking the biosphere to the oceans, atmosphere, and lithosphere. This session is aimed at large-scale patterns in the evolution of biomineralization and their feedbacks with the environment.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | Geochemistry
T138. Fossil Preservation, Biological Evolution, and Environmental Change at the Dawn of Animal Radiation: An Examination of Geobiological Events across the Ediacaran–Cambrian Transition
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Paleontological Society
James D. Schiffbauer, Shuhai Xiao
"Preservation, evolution, and environmental change" aims to bring together diverse research on events framing the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition to further our understanding of biogeochemical, evolutionary, and paleoenvironmental factors influencing this time of global change.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Geochemistry
T139. Divided Oceans and Connected Continents: Advances in Geology and Paleontology of the Tropical Americas
Paleontological Society
Austin J.W. Hendy, David W. Farris, Carlos Jaramillo
The geological and fossil record of the Neotropics is critical to understanding major events in biogeography, evolution, and climate change. This session explores diverse new data and interpretations on the Cenozoic history of this region.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Tectonics
T140. The Big Kill: Paleobiological, Geochemical, and Modeling Studies of the Permian–Triassic Boundary Mass Extinction
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Arne M.E. Winguth, Thomas J. Algeo, David Bottjer
This session features recent research of sedimentary, geochemical, paleobiological, and paleogeographical records and modeling studies to improve the understanding of the mass extinction near the Permian–Triassic boundary.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Geochemistry
T141. Pantropical Paleontology of the Marine Cenozoic
Paleontological Society
Paul D. Taylor, Kenneth G. Johnson, Willem Renema
The evolution of high marine biodiversity in the tropics is poorly understood. Recent research in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Indo-Pacific makes it opportune to discuss new findings and ways forward.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T142. Topics in Paleoecology: Predation/Biotic Interactions, Fidelity/Taphonomy, and Community Ecology/Whole Organism Paleoecology
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
Carrie L. Tyler, Amelinda E. Webb, Frank L. Forcino, Emily S. Stafford, Simon A.F. Darroch
We encourage a variety of studies to highlight the diversity of research on both modern and ancient systems within paleoecology. Topics will be organized in a framework of biotic interactions, community ecology, and taphonomic fidelity.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T143. Out of Our Depth: The Paleontology, Ichnology, and Sedimentology of Deeper Water Environments in the Ancient Tropics
Paleontological Society
Stephen K. Donovan, David A.T. Harper
Uplift of ancient, tropical deep-water sedimentary successions makes them more accessible for study than modern analogs. This session will explore the paleontology, sedimentology, and ichnology of ancient deep seas away from the reefs.
Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy | Sediments, Carbonates | Sediments, Clastic
T144. Virtual Paleontology: Computer-Aided Analysis of Fossil Form and Function
Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; The Palaeontological Association
Imran A. Rahman, Selena Y. Smith
This session will bring together all those interested in three-dimensional, computer-aided visualization in paleontology and virtual analysis of fossil functional morphology to present and discuss methods and results.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns
T145. The Origins of Arthropod Diversity: Phylogenetic Insights from the Living and the Dead
Paleontological Society
Thomas Hegna, Jo Wolfe
This session will highlight advances in our understanding of the origins of arthropod diversity through integrating modern and paleontological data.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T146. The Future of Quantitative Paleontology: Biometry, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning
Paleontological Society
Luke Mander, N. MacLeod, Surangi W. Punyasena
This session aims to draw together contributions from researchers developing or applying tools from fields such as pattern recognition, computer vision, and machine learning to problems related to the taxonomic classification of fossil specimens.
Paleontology, Phylogenetic/Morphological Patterns | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T147. Tectonics of Icy Bodies and Their Analogs
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
D. Alex Patthoff, Emily S. Martin, Simon A. Kattenhorn
We seek abstracts relating to the structure and tectonics of the surfaces and interiors of icy satellites, KBOs, and planetary analogs; this includes experimental, observational, and numerical modeling approaches.
Planetary Geology | Tectonics | Structural Geology
T148. Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Petrology of Mars
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA International Section
A. Deanne Rogers, James J. Wray, Suniti Karunatillake
This session will focus on advances made in understanding the formation, evolution, and alteration of the martian crust through geochemical and mineralogical analyses. Presentations that utilize spacecraft data analysis, experiments, models, and/or analog studies are welcome.
Planetary Geology | Geochemistry | Petrology, Igneous
T149. Shock Processes and Shock Attenuation Associated with Hypervelocity Impact Events
GSA Planetary Geology Division
John G. Spray
Shock due to hypervelocity impact is an important aspect of planet building and planet modification. This session seeks to link shock damage effects to the radial distribution of shock via experimental and field-based observations.
Planetary Geology | Mineralogy/Crystallography | Petrology, Metamorphic
T150. The Geology of Asteroid 4 Vesta as Seen by Dawn: Results from One Year in Orbit
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
R. Aileen Yingst, Scott C. Mest, W. Brent Garry
This session will present the exciting results from analysis of the data from Dawn's year at Vesta, including results from geologic mapping at global and local scales.
Planetary Geology | Structural Geology | Geochemistry
T151. Linking Earth-Observing Data and Planetary Mission Data in the Teaching and Presentation of Basic Geoscience to K–12 Students, Teachers, and the General Public
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Jayne C. Aubele, Eric J. Pyle, Jeannie Allen
We encourage abstracts on programs that combine NASA's Earth Observing Data with Planetary Mission Data to teach geoscience at all levels and to present geoscience topics in museums and other informal science education venues.
Planetary Geology | Geoscience Education | Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T152. New Moon Rising: The Latest Geologic Results from the Lunar Surface
GSA Planetary Geology Division
R. Aileen Yingst, Noah Petro, Scott C. Mest
Earth's Moon continues to be a prime target for remote exploration and analysis. This session will highlight the latest developments in lunar surface geology, geomorphology, and mineralogy as revealed by recent missions.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T153. The Moon, Inside and Out: New Results in Lunar Geophysics, Structure, and Interior
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA International Section
Gwendolyn D. Bart, James W. Head, Maria T. Zuber
This session focuses on our expanding understanding of lunar geophysics, as well as the Moon's present interior structure and evolution, by presenting new results from recent spacecraft missions.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T154. Observation and Analysis of Impact Cratering and Its Effects: The G.K. Gilbert Award Session
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Simon A. Kattenhorn, David Crawford
This session celebrates the career and accomplishments of the 2012 recipient of the Planetary Geology Division's G.K. Gilbert Award. Talks will be presented by the awardee and by the awardee's colleagues and former students.
Planetary Geology
T155. The Heart of an Explorer: A Tribute to Ronald Greeley
GSA Planetary Geology Division
David A. Williams
Ronald Greeley, a leader in planetary geology, passed away in October 2011. In tribute to Ron's memory, we are seeking presentations to discuss recent results from the field or technique or missions, in which Ron participated.
Planetary Geology | Volcanology | Sediments, Clastic
T156. Geologic Analog Studies of the Rocky Planets: Understanding Planetary Geologic Evolution and Surface Processes
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Larry S. Crumpler, Jayne C. Aubele
We seek abstracts that analyze past, present, and potential analog studies of the rocky planets of our solar system and their usefulness in understanding planetary geologic evolution and in future mission planning.
Planetary Geology
T157. Gridview Image Manipulation for LOLA and MOLA Topographical Data (Posters)
GSA Planetary Geology Division
Rosemary A. Millham
GRIDVIEW software, an image manipulation tool, is decidedly an innovative tool for use in the study of planetary geomorphology using IDL created data images for Earth's Moon and Mars.
Planetary Geology | Geomorphology | Geoscience Education
T158. Impact Cratering in the Solar System: Processes and Products
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Christian Koeberl, Jeffrey Plescia
This session focuses on the nature of solar system impacts. Contributions regarding impact morphology, shock processes and materials, modeling, and impactor evolution are solicited. Comparisons of cratering among planets, small bodies, and satellites are encouraged.
Planetary Geology | Structural Geology | Geochemistry
T159. Surf's Up: New Insights on the Geology, Karst, and Paleontology of Carbonate Systems of the Bahama Archipelago
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Eastern Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); Karst Waters Institute; Paleontological Society
H. Allen Curran, John E. Mylroie
Presentations demonstrating new dimensions of carbonates research within the Bahama Archipelago (including Turks and Caicos) are encouraged. Emphasis on shallow-marine sedimentology and emergent island geology, karst, paleontology, geobiology, and geochemistry, with closely related topics will be considered.
Sediments, Carbonates | Quaternary Geology | Paleontology, Paleoecology/Taphonomy
T160. Heterozoan Carbonates in Time and Space: Distribution, Deposition, and Diagenesis
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Tracy D. Frank, Noel P. James
In this session we strive to refine understanding of the distribution, formation, and preservation of heterozoan carbonate deposits. We encourage contributions that discuss modern and ancient systems that formed in tropical, temperate, and polar settings.
Sediments, Carbonates | Stratigraphy | Marine/Coastal Science
T161. Detrital Zircon Provenance of Neoproterozoic to Lower Paleozoic Strata of Northern and Western Laurentia
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA International Section
Michael C. Pope, Rob Rainbird
This session focuses on detrital zircon provenance research of Neoproterozoic to Lower Paleozoic strata, particularly from northern and western Laurentia, to determine their sediment dispersal patterns, evolution of sediment provenance, and subtle tectonic events.
Sediments, Clastic | Tectonics | Stratigraphy
T162. Integrative Studies of Sedimentary Marine and Fluvial Cretaceous Deposits along the Western Margin of the North Atlantic Basin (Posters)
Paleontological Society; Eastern Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
William Burleigh Harris, Jean M. Self-Trail
This session will bring together scientists with a variety of backgrounds to discuss how Cretaceous interactions among the oceans, biosphere, and climate affected deposition and sedimentation on the western edge of the Atlantic Continental Margin.
Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T163. Geologic Timescale—Current Status, Future Enhancement, and Applications
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA International Section
James G. Ogg, Linda Hinnov, Mark D. Schmitz
Earth's surface history is a complex interplay of climate, evolution, and other processes framed within a geologic timescale with numerical ages. This session focuses on big-picture aspects and new methodologies to decipher Earth's history.
Stratigraphy | Geoscience Information/Communication | Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
T164. Carolina Geological Society 75th Anniversary: The Geology of the Carolinas
GSA Geophysics Division
Allen J. Dennis, Philip J. Bradley
This forum on the outstanding issues in the geology of the Carolinas is for researchers and attendees seeking a current overview of the geology of the southeastern region.
Stratigraphy | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T165. Preservation of Environmental Signals in Deep-Water Depositional Systems
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Jacob A. Covault, John Snedden
This session aims to evaluate preservation of environmental signals in the deep-water stratigraphic record. Studies of Quaternary sedimentary systems on the seafloor, successions of outcropping and subsurface sedimentary rocks, and numerical models are welcome contributions.
Stratigraphy | Sediments, Clastic | Geomorphology
T166. Controls on Terrestrial Dispersed Organic Carbon d13C Values from Diagenesis to Climate
Geochemical Society; GSA Limnogeology Division
Brady Z. Foreman, A. Baczynski, Clement Bataille, Aaron Wood
We seek presentations that evaluate potential causes for d13C variability in dispersed organic carbon. The sources of variation can include sample preparation, diagenetic alteration, facies dependence, vegetation regime, atmospheric CO2, and local environmental conditions.
Stratigraphy | Geochemistry, Organic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T167. The Plio-Pleistocene Section of the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains: Impact on Stratigraphic Interpretations Caused by Recent Revisions to the Quaternary and Pleistocene
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
Kathleen M. Farrell, William Burleigh Harris
Case studies will show how the IUGS reassignment (2009) of the Quaternary Period and Pleistocene Epoch to be coterminous with the base of the Gelasian Stage at 2.58 Ma has impacted stratigraphic investigations.
Stratigraphy | Quaternary Geology | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy
T168. Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain Stratigraphy and Paleontology
Paleontological Society; North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
David S. Powars, Lucy Edwards
Sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, hydrostratigraphy, and geologic mapping complement each other in various ways. This session focuses on current advances and promising avenues of research in regional framework synthesis of the Coastal Plain and offshore.
Stratigraphy | Paleontology, Biogeography/Biostratigraphy | Marine/Coastal Science
T169. Cyclicity and Hierarchy in the Clastic Stratigraphic Record
GSA International Section
Brian W. Romans, Jacob A. Covault, Stephen M. Hubbard
The documentation of cyclical and hierarchical patterns in the stratigraphic record has led to interpretations of systematic forcings and apparently improved predictability. This session will explore these themes at a range of scales.
Stratigraphy | Sediments, Clastic | Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography
T170. Central Virginia Earthquakes of 2011: Geology, Geophysics, and Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; U.S. Geological Survey
J. Wright Horton, Jr., Martin C. Chapman
An Mw5.8 earthquake in the central Virginia seismic zone caused significant damage, and remarkable aftershock data offer unprecedented opportunities to understand their significance for intraplate earthquakes and seismic hazards in eastern North America.
Structural Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Neotectonics/Paleoseismology
T171. The Role of Structure and Diagenesis in Governing Fluid Storage and Flow in Deep Sedimentary Basins with Applications to Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Stephen E. Laubach, Christoph Hilgers, Mark A. Evans
The aim of this session is to provide a broad exploration of chemical reactions and structures—primarily faults and opening-mode fractures—and their interrelationships on crustal fluid flow, strength, seismic response, and other attributes.
Structural Geology | Sediments, Clastic | Sediments, Carbonates
T172. Appalachian-Ouachita-Marathon Fold-Thrust Belts and Foreland Basins: Their Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Structural Evolution, and Economic Significance
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Ibrahim Çemen, Jack Pashin, Andrew Goodliffe, Delores Robinson
This session will bring together researchers studying fold-thrust belts and associated foreland basins of the Appalachians-Ouachita-Marathon Orogenies and provide a formal discussion for understanding many important questions related to their sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure, and tectonics.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T173. Deformation Processes in Lithospheric High-Strain Zones
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division
Micah Jessup, Christopher Bailey, Dazhi Jiang
High-strain zones are important lithospheric structures. This session will highlight new research that (1) quantifies deformation in high-strain zones, (2) models strain localization/flow, and (3) seeks to understand the tectonic significance of major high-strain zones.
Structural Geology | Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T174. Multidisciplinary Studies of Convergent Plate Boundaries: In Honor of Jason Saleeby, 2012 MGPV Distinguished Geologic Career Awardee
GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Geophysics Division
G. Gehrels, Mihai N. Ducea, Cathy J. Busby
This session honors the fundamental contributions of Dr. Jason B. Saleeby, who has transformed our understanding of convergent margin systems through the creative and rigorous integration of information from geochronology, petrology, stratigraphy, and geophysics.
Tectonics | Geochemistry | Petrology, Igneous
T175. Heredity of Appalachian Crust
Arthur J. Merschat
We seek abstracts that address the tectonic heritage of Appalachian crust and terranes and the subsequent amalgamation of these terranes into the orogen through various approaches including geochronology, isotopic, provenance, geochemical, petrologic, and field studies.
Tectonics | Precambrian Geology | Geochemistry
T176. Large-Scale Strike-Slip Fault Systems: Insights into 4-D Evolution through Lateral and Vertical Juxtaposition Recorded in the Rock Record, Geophysical Imaging, and Associated Basin Formation via Large-Scale Translation and Transpression
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division
Sarah M. Roeske, Jeff A. Benowitz, Paul G. Fitzgerald
Understanding material flux along and through strike-slip fault systems includes syntheses of fault zone rock history, basin and mountain development, and geometry at depth on multiple spatial and temporal scales.
Tectonics | Sediments, Clastic | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T177. Supercontinent Cycles through Earth History (Posters)
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA International Section
A. Krishna Sinha, Kent Condie, Robert D. Hatcher
Geologic framework of Supercontinent Cycles through Earth's history: Implications of tectonic, petrologic, geochronologic and biologic processes.
Tectonics | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology | Geochemistry
T178. Geology and Tectonics of the Aegean Region
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA International Section
E.J. Catlos, Yucel Yilmaz
This session provides an opportunity for geologists from a range of disciplines (e.g., structural geology, tectonics, petrology, volcanology, natural hazards) to interact and share new results and information about their research in the Aegean area.
Tectonics | Geochemistry | Petrology, Metamorphic
T179. Dynamics of Gneiss Domes, Core Complexes, and Orogenic Plateaux
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA International Section
Christian Teyssier, Donna Whitney
The flow of crust at plate boundaries is recorded in rocks, structures, and topography. This session features contributions on the mechanisms, trajectories, magnitude, duration, rates, and consequences of crustal flow in continental and oceanic settings.
Tectonics | Petrology, Metamorphic | Geomorphology
T180. Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics of Eastern North America
GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Roy B. Van Arsdale, Randel T. Cox
This session will explore the threat of intraplate seismicity in eastern North America through the application of paleoseismology and active tectonics research.
Tectonics | Structural Geology | Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology
T181. Integrated Detrital Records of Orogenic Systems
Geochemical Society
Brian W. Romans, Amy L. Weislogel, Julie C. Fosdick
The record of orogenesis is contained within detritus deposited in sedimentary basins. This interdisciplinary session will highlight innovations in using detrital geo-/thermo-chronology and other geochemical provenance methods to better understand relationships of tectonics and sedimentation.
Tectonics | Stratigraphy | Structural Geology
T182. The Next Generation: Sedimentary Geology Student Poster Session (Posters)
GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Marjorie Chan
This session is open to students with posters related to sedimentary geology to encourage and promote sharing of new and diverse sedimentary findings.
Sediments, Carbonates | Sediments, Clastic | Stratigraphy

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