Technical Program

Technical Sessions

Technical sessions are scheduled for oral and poster presentations beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, 24 March, and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 25 March. All oral and poster sessions will be in the Wilmington Convention Center (WCC).
      Session chairs are invited to attend the “Session Chairs Orientation and Breakfast” from 7–7:50 am in Salon F on Thursday, 24 March and Friday, 25 March.
      Session chairs are requested to strictly adhere to the schedule and to limit speakers to the allotted times. Each speaker is allotted 20 minutes which includes ~17 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Authors of posters are asked to have their posters in place by 8:30 a.m. for morning sessions and 1:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions.

Poster Presenters

Authors of posters should be present at their posters for 2 hours: 9–11 a.m. for morning sessions, and 2:30–4:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions. Morning session posters must be removed by noon and afternoon session posters by 5:30 p.m. Poster presenters will have one 4' by 8' horizontal (landscape) display board. Electrical hookups will not be available for poster boards.

Speaker Ready Room

WCC Room 105 is serving as the speaker ready room. Student volunteers are staffing the speaker ready room and providing assistance for uploading presentations. Each speaker should bring their PowerPoint presentation to the speaker ready room on either a CD-ROM disk or on a USB compatible flash drive (a.k.a. thumb drive, memory stick) according to the schedule listed below.

Speaker Ready Room Schedule
Wed., 23 March   1–5 p.m.
Thurs., 24 March   8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri., 25 March 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Schedule for Uploading Presentations

Keynote Speaker: William G. Ross Jr.

One person’s perspective on the use of sound geologic principles in natural resource stewardship.
William G. Ross, Jr., former Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Thursday, 24 March, 6–7 p.m., in the WCC, Salon A-B.


1. From Triassic Basins to Hydrogeological and Environmental Characterization of Coastal Plain Environments: A Tribute to the Illustrious Geoscience Career of Paul A. Thayer.
Cosponsored by AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences.
Mary Harris, Savannah River National Laboratory;
Harry Roberts, Louisiana State Univ.
2. Coastal Response to Sea-Level and Climate Changes: A Tribute to the Career of Stan Riggs.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section SEPM.
David Mallinson, East Carolina Univ.;
Dorothea Vonderporten Ames, East Carolina Univ.
3. Coastal Response to Tidal Inlets: A Tribute to the Career of Bill Cleary.
Cosponsored by Eastern Section SEPM.
Spencer Rogers, North Carolina Sea Grant;
Duncan Fitzgerald, Boston Univ.
4. Significant Fossil Sites in the Southeast: Why They Are Important and How They Contribute to Our Knowledge of the Fossil Record.
Cosponsored by The Paleontological Society.
Sandy Ebersole, Alabama Geological Survey;
Melanie Devore, Georgia College and State Univ.

Theme Sessions

  1. Surficial and Subsurface Geology and Hydrogeology of the Cape Fear River Basin.
    Cosponsored by Eastern Section SEPM.
    Jean Self-Trail, USGS;
    Kathleen Farrell, North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS).
  2. Practical Applications of Engineering and Environmental Geology.
    Brad Worley, North Carolina Dept. of Transportation;
    Paul Weaver, Kleinfelder Engineering.
  3. Piedmont Geology: New Mapping and New Perspectives.
    Cosponsored by North Carolina Geological Survey.
    David Blake, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington;
    Edward F. Stoddard, NCGS;
    Phil Bradley, NCGS.
  4. Watershed Processes.
    Weston Dripps, Furman Univ.;
    Jeff Wilcox, Univ. of North Carolina–Asheville.
  5. Micropaleontology of the Southeast.
    Cosponsored by The Paleontological Society.
    Ronald Lewis, Auburn Univ.;
    Steve Culver, East Carolina Univ.
  6. Geologic Maps, Geophysical Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic and Geophysical Maps (Poster Session).
    Michael W. Higgins, The Geologic Mapping Institute;
    Ralph F. Crawford, The Geologic Mapping Institute.
  7. Macropaleontology of the U.S. Coastal Plain.
    Cosponsored by The Paleontological Society; Paleontological Research Institution.
    Patricia Kelley, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington;
    Gregory Dietl, Paleontological Research Institution.
  8. Graduate and Undergraduate Research (Poster Session).
    Lee Phillips, Jr., Univ. of North Carolina–Pembroke.
  9. From the Mason-Dixon to the Caribbean: The Historic Development of Geology in the American South.
    Cosponsored by GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division;
    History of Earth Sciences Society.

    Michael Smith, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington;
    Anne Whitt, NCGS.
  10. Karst Geology and Hydrology.
    Cosponsored by Eastern Section SEPM.
    Lee Florea, Western Kentucky Univ.;
    Douglas Gamble, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington.
  11. Estuarine Shoreline Dynamics: Delineation Methods, Results, and Management.
    Scott Howard, SCGS;
    Scott Geis, N.C. Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources;
    J.P. Walsh, East Carolina Univ.;
    Matt Slagel, S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control.
  12. Building a Foundation in Geoscience Education: Gathering Educators with Professionals to Create a Geoscience Literate Public.
    Cosponsored by National Association of Geoscience Teachers Southeastern Section; North Carolina Geological Survey; Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Carolinas Section.
    Randy Bechtel, NCGS;
    Bill Witherspoon, Fernbank Science Center;
    Andy Heckert, Appalachian State Univ.


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