During the Meeting
422. The Wines and Terroir of Southeastern Minnesota.
Tues., 11 Oct. US$120 (L, R).
Leaders: James F.P. Cotter, Univ. of Minnesota; Morris Wanda Hanlon.
Primary leader bio: Cotter received his Ph.D. from Lehigh Univ. and has been teaching at the Univ. of Minnesota–Morris since 1984. Cotter's field of expertise is glacial geology; he has published over 25 papers and 50 abstracts on the subject. His recent research has focused on comparisons of the (late Pleistocene) glacial deposits of Minnesota with the (late Paleozoic) glacial deposits of Brazil. His research on Lake Benson began in 1990. Over the past 20 years, Cotter has mentored over 130 funded undergraduate research projects, which have resulted in 120 student-authored or co-authored abstracts for professional and undergraduate meetings. In 1990, he was awarded the Univ. of Minnesota–Morse Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education; in 2000, Cotter was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring (PAESMEM Award).
Primary leader experience: Cotter has conducted research on the surficial geology of Minnesota since 1984. Beginning in 1990, Cotter and his students have been conducting research on the deposits, landforms, and history of Glacial Lake Benson.
423. A Hidden Geologic Treasure: A River, A Waterfall, A City: A Field Trip for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.
Tues., 11 Oct. US$70 (L). (sponsorships available)
Leaders: Stephanie Day, National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota; Karen M. Campbell; Laura Triplett.
Primary leader bio: Stephanie Day is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota who studies fluvial geomorphology. Her specific research focuses on bluff erosion in southern Minnesota on the Le Sueur River.
Primary leader experience: Stephanie Day has co-led a similar field trip. Her research has focused on a river in southern Minnesota which is responding to this incision event.
424. Subterranean Twin Cities.
Tues., 11 Oct. US$62 (R).
Cosponsors: Minnesota Ground Water Association; GSA Divisions: Environmental and Engineering Geology; Hydrogeology.
Leader: Greg Brick, Univ. of Minnesota.
Primary leader bio: Greg Brick was employed as a hydrogeologist at environmental consulting firms and has taught geology at local colleges. His mapping of Twin Cities’ springs contributed to the Metro Model. He has published more than 100 articles about caves, karst, and springs, and was the recipient of the 2005 National Speleological Society Award in Cave History. His “Groundwater History” column has appeared in the Minnesota Ground Water Association Newsletter since 2004. His first book, Iowa Underground: A Guide to the State’s Subterranean Treasures, was published in 2004. His latest book, Subterranean Twin Cities, was published by the Univ. of Minnesota Press in 2009. His work has been featured in National Geographic Adventure magazine as well as on the History Channel.
Primary leader experience: Greg Brick is a native of the Twin Cities and has published numerous articles on the springs of the Twin Cities in the Minnesota Ground Water Association Newsletter. In 1993, he prepared the first map of Twin Cities springs based on his own fieldwork. His book Subterranean Twin Cities is the basis for summer field trips he has given through the Univ. of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. His website is www.GregBrick.org.
425. The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes by Bicycle: Glacial History, Human Modifications, and Paleolimnology of an Urban Natural Environment.
Tues., 11 Oct. US$67 (R).
Cosponsor: GSA Limnogeology Division.
Leaders: Marylee Murphy, Water Resources, Three Rivers Park District; Amy Myrbo; Valerie L. Stanley.
Primary leader bio: Water Resources Specialist, Three Rivers Park District; M.S., 2010, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Minnesota.
Primary leader experience: Murphy has experience both through his master's program and in his employment with urban and suburban water quality issues in Hennepin County and the surrounding area, as well as with the surficial, bedrock, and glacial geology and hydrogeology of the Twin Cities metro area. He currently monitors and models water quality to support management activities in waters associated with the Three Rivers Park District. He is an avid biker.
426. Kirk Bryan Field Trip: Holocene Landscape Evolution and Erosional Processes in the Le Sueur River, Central Minnesota.
Wed., 12 Oct. US$93 (L, R).
Cosponsor: GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division.
Leaders: Karen Gran, Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth; Patrick Belmont; Carrie Jennings; Chad Wittkop.
Primary leader bio: Karen Gran is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth. Her area of expertise is fluvial geomorphology. She graduated from the Univ. of Washington with a Ph.D. in geology in 2005 and has a M.S. in geology from the Univ. of Minnesota. She spent 18 months working for the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics as a graduate program coordinator for the Stream Restoration Science and Engineering certificate program at the Univ. of Minnesota before starting her position at the Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth in 2007.
Primary leader experience: Karen Gran is currently the principal investigator on a research project focused on developing an integrated sediment budget in the Le Sueur River watershed. Her research group has spent the past four years working on measuring rates of erosion from bluffs, ravines, streambanks, and uplands over multiple temporal scales, including modern real-time measurements and decadal-scale measurements form air photos. They have also been working over longer time scales, looking at valley incision and landscape evolution following the incision of the Minnesota River valley 13,400 years ago, from analyses of airborne LiDAR data coupled with terrace dating and numerical modeling.
427. Springs and Waterfalls of the Twin Cities.
Wed., 12 Oct. — Canceled.