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Our Vision Our Mission

To be the premier geological society supporting the global community in scientific discovery, communication, and application of geoscience knowledge.

To advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.

The Geological Society of America® (GSA)

GSA is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 26,000 individuals in 115 countries. GSA provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Society unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings.

Brief History

Founded in 1888 in Ithaca, New York, the Society is an offshoot of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). GSA was formed in recognition of the rapid growth of geology as a science, and the need for a forum dedicated to this new area of scientific inquiry. Its founders envisioned the Society disseminating results of geologic studies and conducting meetings for the presentation and discussion of geologic research. These activities remain the core of GSA's contemporary mission. The Society moved from New York to Boulder, Colorado, in the late 1960s. GSA headquarters, at 3300 Penrose Place in Boulder, is a one-of-a-kind award-winning building featuring a large solar panel structure both on the roof and on the ground (learn more about GSA's sustainability efforts). To get a virtual tour, see our Visitor's Guide Flipbook and PDF.

GSA Programs, Services, and Products

The Society's primary activities are:

How GSA is Organized

The Society's elected officers provide overall governance of GSA. The six regional Sections have their own governance boards and meetings. Multidisciplinary connections: In addition, 72 specialized geoscience organizations are formally associated with GSA; they assist in developing the extensive scientific program of the Society's annual meeting. Eighteen Divisions also highlight the diverse disciplines of GSA's members and are defined by scientific specialty: archaeological geology, energy geology, engineering geology, geobiology and geomicrobiology, geoinformtics, geology and health, geology and society, geophysics, geoscience education, history and philosophy of geology, hydrogeology, karst geology, limnogeology, planetary geology, Quaternary geology and geomorphology, sedimentary geology, and structural geology and tectonics. These divisions facilitate communication among scientists within disciplines and facilitate crossdisciplinary activity within the Society. They also help develop the technical program for GSA's annual meeting, facilitate student participation in meetings, and fund student research.
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How GSA is Supported

Member dues, meeting fees, and the sale of publications support the work of the Society. In addition, the GSA Foundation raises funds for research grants, achievement awards, special projects, and to support some GSA publications.

For Additional Information

Christa Stratton, Director, Communications, Education, Outreach
Geological Society of America
3300 Penrose Place, PO Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140
Telephone: +1-303-357-1093
Fax: +1-303-357-1070
E-mail:

Vicki McConnell, Executive Director
Geological Society of America
3300 Penrose Place, PO Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140
Telephone: +1-303-357-1039
Fax: +1-303-357-1074
E-mail: