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Technical Program


Technical Sessions

Oral Sessions

Oral presentations are located on three floors of the hotel – Mezzanine, Conference Level, and the 17th Floor. The first two are adjacent and easily linked by stairs, whereas the 17th Floor requires elevator use. Talks are in the Hope and the Welk rooms, located on the Mezzanine level. Just above it, talks are in Frick, Conference A, and Conference B rooms. On the 17th Floor, talks are located in the Allegheny and the Monongahela rooms. Registration, exhibits, posters, and the banquet are also on the 17th Floor. The Speaker Ready Room is located in the Phipps Room, on the Conference Level. Receptions and workshops are scattered amongst the Conference Level and 17th Floor. Signage and meeting staff are available to assist you in orienting yourself for quick access to all events.
      PowerPoint is available for oral presentations. Operating systems are PC-based; Mac-generated presentations should be formatted for PC compatibility. Presenters may not use their own laptops. Speakers must provide their presentations on either CD-R or flash drive. Presentations should be uploaded in the Speaker Ready Room (Phipps Room, Conference Level) during the preceding half-day to a scheduled session. Slide shows for Sunday morning sessions are to be uploaded between 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 19 March. Slide shows for Monday and Tuesday mornings are to be uploaded by 5 p.m. of the preceding afternoon. Talks for afternoon sessions are to be uploaded between 7 and 11 a.m. daily. In the unfortunate incidence of a late arrival, proceed to the Speaker Ready Room for individual instruction. Please make every effort to upload your slide show by the session deadline of the preceding half-day.

Poster Sessions

            Poster sessions are located in the Grand Ballroom and Urban Room on the 17th Floor. Individual poster space will be a 4' by 8' board, and you can only use pushpins to tack up your poster. The boards do not accept Velcro. Morning posters are to be displayed at 8 a.m. and removed at noon, while afternoon posters are to be displayed at 1 p.m. and removed at 5 p.m. Co-authors are to be present either between 9 and 11 a.m. for morning sessions, and between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions.


  1. Marcellus—Exploration and Production.
    William Zagorski, Range Resources.
  2. CO2 Sequestration.
    William Harbert, Univ. of Pittsburgh.
  3. Applied Geology: Environmental, Engineering, and Hydrogeologic Applications.
    Cosponsored by GSA Engineering Geology Division.
    Terry West, Purdue.
  4. Devonian Climate and Paleoecology—Insight from Stratigraphic Studies.
    Dave Brezinski, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Gordon Baird, SUNY Fredonia; Jeff Over, SUNY Geneseo.

Theme Sessions


14. The Effect of Late Paleozoic Tectonics on the Devonian Shales.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section, SEPM.
Mark Evans, Central Connecticut State Univ.
19. Geophysical Exploration in the Allegheny Plateau—Insights into the Structure of the Appalachian Foreland.
Brian Lipinski, EXCO Resources.
30. Syncrystallization Evolution of Granitic Magma in Orogenic Belts.
Tathagata Dasgupta, Kent State; Scott Samson, Syracuse Univ.
32. Structural Geology and Natural Resources in the Central and Northeastern United States.
W. Ashley Griffith, Univ. of Akron; John C. Lewis, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania.
40. Advances in Defining Links between Deformation and Metamorphism.
Gregory Dumond, Univ. of Arkansas.
41. Devonian Orogenesis in the Appalachian-Caledonian Mountain Belt—Where, When, and What Caused It?
Sandra M. Barr, Acadia Univ.; Paul Karabinos, Williams College; Cees R. van Staal, Geol. Survey of Canada; Robert P. Wintsch, Indiana Univ.; David P. West Jr., Middlebury College.
42. Geophysics in the Central and Northeastern United States.
Cosponsored by GSA Geophysics Division.
Kevin Mickus, Missouri State Univ.


1. Conodont Stratigraphy.
Cosponsored by the Pander Society.
Jeff Over, SUNY Geneseo.
21. Provenance of Organic Content in the Marcellus Shale.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section, SEPM.
Christopher Laughrey, Weatherford Labs.
26. The Origin of the Dunkard Group, the Youngest Paleozoic Strata in the Central Appalachian Basin.
Viktoras Skema, Pennsylvania Geol. Survey (retired); Blaine Cecil; William DiMichele.
39. Sedimentary Environments of Post-Paleozoic, Pre-Glacial Strata of the Midwest-Appalachian Region.
Cosponsored by Great Lakes Section, SEPM.
C. Pius Weibel, Illinois State Geol. Survey.


2. Mesozoic/Cenozoic Vertebrate Paleontology.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section, SEPM.
Michael Ryan, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Matt Lamanna, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
3. Advances in Arthropod Paleobiology.
Cosponsored by the Palentological Society.
Carrie Schweitzer; Rod Feldmann, Kent State.
4. Paleozoic Vertebrate Paleontology.
Chuck Ciampaglio, Wright State Univ.–Lake Campus.
43. Life's Footprint: New Frontiers in Field and Experimental Trace Fossil Research.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section, SEPM.
Ilya Buynevich, Temple Univ.; Stephen Hasiotis, Univ. of Kansas; Jacob Benner, Tufts Univ.

Climate Change/Quaternary Studies

7. Theory and Application in Quaternary Paleoclimate Studies.
Joe Ortiz, Kent State.
8. Into the Woods: Ecohydrology and Groundwater–Surface Water Interaction in Forested Eastern North America.
Alison Smith, Kent State; Don Palmer, Kent State.
13. Quaternary History of the Great Lakes.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section, SEPM.
Timothy G. Fisher, Univ. of Toledo.
23. Lakes and Environmental Change.
Cosponsored by GSA Limnogeology Division
Mark Abbott, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Applied Geology

6. Engineering Geology/Slope Stability/Mine Subsidence.
Cosponsored by GSA Engineering Geology Division.
Abdul Shakoor, Kent State; James Kilburn, Shaw Environmental; Brian Greene, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired).
18. Marcellus—Production and Disposal of Produced Water.
Roman Kyshakevych, Allegheny GeoQuest.
20. Coal Ash Placement—Potential Impacts upon Surface- and Groundwater Quality.
Henry Prellwitz.
22. Urban Geochemistry.
Daniel Bain; Emily Elliot, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Geological Education

10. Extending Geological Education beyond the Academy.
Robert Ross, Paleontological Research Inst.
11. Using Undergraduate Research to Help Students Engage with the World: Examples from the Field.
Tamra A. Schiappa, Slippery Rock Univ.
17. In the Field with Geoscience Education.
Cosponsored by National Assoc. of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
Albert Kollar, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
28. Effective Approaches to Earth System Science Instruction and Engagement in the K–12 Classroom.
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine; Tanya Furman, Penn State.
33. Undergraduate Research (Posters).
Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research–Geosciences Division.
Robert Shuster, Univ. of Nebraska–Omaha; Michele Hluchy, Alfred Univ.; Matthew Powell, Juniata College.
34. Faculty and Student Perspectives on Undergraduate Research: Models, Challenges, and Best Practices.
Cosponsored by Council on Undergraduate Research–Geosciences Division.
Meagen Pollock, College of Wooster; Prajukti (Juk) Bhattacharyya, Univ. of Wisconsin–Whitewater.
35. Climate Change Issues in Geoscience Education.
Cosponsored by National Assoc. of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
P. Allen Macfarlane, Kansas Geol. Survey.
36. Virtual Field Trips for K–16 Geoscience Education.
Cosponsored by National Assoc. of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
P. Allen Macfarlane, Kansas Geol. Survey; Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Inst..
37. Education, Environment, and Water.
Solomon Isiorho, IPFW.
38. Issues in Geoscience Education.
Carrie Wright, University of Southern Indiana.

Historical and Cultural Geology

9. Geology of the War of 1812 and Other Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Wars in North America: Battles, Terrain, Monuments, and More.
Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Kevin R. Evans, Missouri State Univ..
27. Cultural Geology: Building Stones, Archaeological Materials, Terrain, and More.
Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Tammie Gerke, Indiana Univ..

Geological Techniques

12. Innovative Data Management and Visualization in Applied Geology and Other Applied Topics.
Cosponsored by Northern Ohio Geol. Society.
Matt Hammer, Sanborn, Head & Assoc.; Rob Porges, SAIC.
24. Capturing Dynamic Processes with Satellite Imaging.
Michael Ramsey, Univ. of Pittsburgh.
44. Employment Opportunities.
Bob Stewart, Arcadis.


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