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Pardee Keynote Symposia

All sessions will take place at the Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202 USA.

Pardee Keynote Symposia are special, interdisciplinary events representing the leading edge of a scientific discipline or area of public policy and addressing broad, fundamental issues in the geosciences. Selection is on a competitive basis. This year’s eight Pardee Symposia were reviewed and accepted by the Annual Program Committee; all speakers are invited.

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


Pardee keynote Symposia

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1. Symbiosis and Global Change in Ancient and Modern Earth Systems
Sponsored by Geochemical Society, Paleontological Society, GSA Geomicrobiology & Geobiology Division
Laurie Anderson, +1-225-578-2153; Annette Summers Engel
Tues., 2 Nov., 8 a.m.
Symbiosis has profoundly impacted Earth's biosphere and geosphere through time. The session highlights modern to ancient symbiosis, including chemosymbiosis, in the context of past and future biological, geological, and geochemical evolution.
Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination; Geomicrobiology; Geochemistry, Organic
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2. Evolving Moon: Recent Advances in Understanding our Planetary Neighbor from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Other Missions
Sponsored by GSA Planetary Geology Division
David A. Williams, +1-480-965-7029
Mon., 1 Nov., 1:30 p.m.
An armada of international spacecraft, including NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, is enabling exploration of the Moon in new ways. This session will highlight recent discoveries using new sensors on these spacecraft. The latest results will be placed in the context of both ongoing global mapping and planning for future human exploration.
Planetary Geology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System; Volcanology
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Washington DC
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3. Why Aren't Our Ideas Getting Attention? Finding a More Convincing Voice on Controversial Issues
Sponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division; American Geological Institute; American Geophysical Union; Association of American State Geologists; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division
James Davis, +1-916-487-6125; Jon Goodwin; Craig Cooper
Sun., 31 Oct., 1:30 p.m.
Panel presentations: policy-relevant USGS investigations update; climate change evidence as example of science use in public decisions; elements of successful science communications to lay users; insights on achieving consensus about complex and controversial issues.
Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
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planetary accretion
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4. Mineral Evolution: The Coevolution of the Geo- and Biospheres
Sponsored by Mineralogical Society of America; Geochemical Society
Robert Hazen, +1-202-478-8962; John B. Brady; Martin B. Goldhaber
Mon., 1 Nov., 8 a.m.
“Mineral evolution,” the study of Earth’s changing near-surface mineralogy, frames Earth materials research with a historical narrative, from approximately 12 minerals in prestellar molecular clouds to over 4400 known minerals today.
Mineralogy/Crystallography; Geochemistry; Precambrian Geology
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lidar - volcano flow
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5. Rapid Environmental/Climate Change in the Cretaceous Greenhouse World
Sponsored by Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM); International Geoscience Program 555
Chengshan Wang, 0086 10 8232 1612; Robert W. Scott; Michael Wagreich; Bradley B. Sageman; William W. Hay
Wed., 3 Nov., 8 a.m.
The goal of this half-day symposium is to discuss the causes, processes, and consequences of rapid environmental changes in the Cretaceous greenhouse world, from both marine and terrestrial records.
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lidar - volcano flow
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6. Seeing the True Shape of Earth’s Surface: Applications of Airborne and Terrestrial LiDAR in the Geosciences
Sponsored by GSA Engineering Geology Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division
Ian P. Madin, +1-971-673-1542; Kurt L. Frankel
Sun., 31 Oct., 8 a.m.
High-resolution LiDAR data are now becoming available over large areas. This session will examine how these highly detailed images of the land surface provide unprecedented opportunities for qualitative and quantitative analysis of earth processes.
Engineering Geology; Neotectonics/Paleoseismology; Quaternary Geology
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7. Impacts of Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Crisis
Sponsored by GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Andrew M. Buddington, +1-509-533-8017; George T. Stone; Richard A. Feely
Wed., 3 Nov., 1:30 p.m.
The surface waters of Earth’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic due to human activities. This rapid acidification threatens marine calcifiers, coral reef ecosystems and oceanic food webs, including fisheries, exacerbating global ecologic and economic crises.
Environmental Geoscience; Geochemistry; Quaternary Geology
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8. Exploring for Life in the Cosmos: Celebrating Five Decades of Astrobiology
Sponsored by GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division
Jack D. Farmer, +1-480-965-6748
Tue., 2 Nov., 1:30 p.m.
This session celebrates more than five decades of astrobiology as a scientific discipline, highlighting key discoveries that bear on life’s origin and existence beyond Earth.
Geomicrobiology; Planetary Geology; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination
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