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Find Your Science at GSA
18 April 2013
GSA Release No. 13-23
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
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Kalamazoo Center of Geologic Focus this May

Boulder, CO, USA – Geoscientists from the north-central U.S. and beyond will convene in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, on 2-3 May to celebrate GSA's 125th Anniversary and discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic and historic features of the region, with a special emphasis on the Great Lakes. Events include a showing of Scott Tinker's film, Switch, and a keynote address by William F. Ruddiman titled, "When Did We Transform Earth's Surface?"


The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into 23 themed sessions plus an array of research in general discipline areas. Go to to learn more.

CO2 Storage and Greenhouse Gases
Charles W. Rovey II of Missouri State University, presiding, 8 a.m.–noon (session 1)
• Paper 1-2: CO2 Storage Resource Potential of a Deep Saline Aquifer: St. Peter Sandstone, Michigan Basin, USA. First author: John H. Sosulski of Western Michigan University: (8:20 a.m.).

Applied Geology: Engineering, Environmental, Geotechnical and Hydrogeology (Posters)
Authors will be present 2:30–4:30 p.m. to discuss their posters (session 21).
• Poster 31-6: Relative Contributions of Hypoxia and Natural Gas Extraction to Atmospheric Methane Emissions from Lake Erie. Contact: Douglas Disbennett of the University of Cincinnati: (posted for viewing 1:30–5:30 p.m.)

Paleontology as a Murder Mystery: How the Study of Predation and Taphonomy Reveals the Means, Motives & Opportunities of Ancient Perpetrators and Their Victims
Karen A. Koy of Missouri Western State University and Joseph E. Peterson of the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, presiding, 8 a.m.–noon (session 27)
• Paper 27-3: Carnivorous Trilobites: Morphologic, Ichnologic, and Taphonomic Evidence. First author: Loren E. Babcock of The Ohio State University: (8:40 a.m.).

Addressing Environmental Aspects of Geology: Research, Pedagogy, and Public Policy
Michael A. Phillips of Illinois Valley Community College, presiding. 1:30–5:30 p.m. (session 31)
• Paper 31-9: Water Resource Impacts Associated with the Sand-Mining Boom in Western Wisconsin: A Comparison between Agricultural Activities and Sand Processing. First author: Kent M. Syverson of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire: (4:30 p.m.).

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at Click on session titles for a list of presentations, and click on presentations for the individual abstracts.
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Eligibility for media registration is as follows:
• Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter or business card from the publication.
• Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2012 or 2013.
• PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to William Cox onsite at the GSA registration desk to obtain a badge for media access. Complimentary meeting registration covers attendance at all technical sessions and access to the exhibit hall. Journalists and PIOs must pay regular fees for paid luncheons and any short courses or field trips in which they participate. Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

For additional information and assistance, contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.


The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.