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Final Announcement

Joint Meeting

South-Central and North-Central Sections, GSA

both conducting their 41st Annual Meeting

11-13 April 2007 • Kansas Memorial Union, University of Kansas • Lawrence

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Technical Program Schedule

Logistics & Events Technical Program Student Programs
Registration Activities Abstracts Field Trips Awards
Accommodations Exhibitors Symposia Workshops Travel Grants
Travel Contact Info Theme Sessions Short Courses Mentors

The Kansas Geological Survey and the University of Kansas departments of geology and geography will host the 2007 joint annual meetings of GSA's South-Central and North-Central Sections. The sections will meet Wed.-Fri., 11-13 April, at the Kansas Union on the University of Kansas campus, Lawrence, Kansas.

For more information about the meeting, visit


Early Registration Deadline: 12 March 2007
Cancellation Deadline: 19 March 2007

Registration Fees FULL MEETING ONE DAY
Early Standard Early Standard
Professional Member $150 $170 $95 $110
Professional Nonmember $185 $195 $120 $130
Student Member $50 $65 $35 $45
Student Nonmember $65 $75 $45 $50
K-12 Professional $40 $40 $30 $30
Guest $40 $40    
Prices noted are in U.S. Dollars

On-Site Registration Hours
Tuesday, 10 April 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 April 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12 April 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 13 April 7:30 a.m.-noon

Register early to qualify for lower registration fees. Costs will increase after 12 March 2007. Full payment MUST accompany the registration form. Members of GSA and the GSA Associated Societies listed on the registration form receive registration discounts. Registration is required for those attending technical sessions, field trips, short courses, and the exhibits hall. Guest registration is intended for non-geologist spouses or friends and does not include attendance at technical sessions, field trips, or short courses. Students and K-12 teachers must show a current ID at check-in to obtain special rates. If you prefer to register by mail or fax, please download the paper registration form (PDF format).

Register only one person per form and retain a copy for your records. GSA will be distributing all badges at the meeting registration desk, so badges will NOT be mailed to you prior to the meeting.

New on your registration form

Now you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the North-Central Section and/or South-Central Section Endowment Fund right on your registration form. Simply select the amount you'd like to donate to this fund, which provides support for student travel, research, field camps, etc. The GSA Foundation will provide a match to the NC and SC Section Endowment Funds for all contributions received up to a total of $5000. All donations to the GSA Foundation are tax-deductible.

If you haven't already purchased Abstracts with Programs on your Membership Form, you can order a copy for on-site pickup on the meeting registration form.


GSA is committed to making its meetings accessible to all people interested in attending. Please indicate special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, etc.) on your registration form.


Save $$
Carpool or find a roommate with the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels. Reservations may be made directly by phone.You MUST identify yourself as attending the GSA Joint Meeting when making reservations, and make your reservations by 11 March 2007, to get the GSA rate.


GSA is committed to making its meetings accessible to all people interested in attending. Please indicate special requirements (wheelchair accessibility, etc.) on your registration form.


Save $$
Carpool or find a roommate with the GSA Meetings Bulletin Board.

Lawrence is located along the Kansas Turnpike (I-70). Air travelers to Lawrence should use Kansas City International Airport (MCI) for air transportation and rental car services. Kansas City International Airport is only 49 miles from Lawrence. Airport shuttle service to Lawrence is provided by Kansas Transportation Service, +1-877-367-9696, and KCI Roadrunner, +1-800-826-8294. Contact these providers prior to traveling for times and pickup information. Amtrak offers two trains per day (one westbound and one eastbound) to Lawrence. Travelers by rail should plan ahead for taxi or other pickup at the Amtrak station, because no shuttle services are available at the station.


As with many other universities, parking can be tight on the KU campus. Campus parking permits will be provided to meeting registrants who request them during registration. The parking areas for meeting registrants will be located at the Kansas Union parking ramp and an adjacent parking lot. Maps of the KU campus area, the Kansas Union, parking areas, and local hotels will be posted on the KU Web site.



Awards will be given for the best student oral and poster presentations. To be eligible, students must be lead authors and presenters, and they should be capable of answering detailed questions about their research.

Travel Grant Application Forms
North-Central South-Central

Travel Grant Application deadline: 5 March 2007

Travel grants are available from the South-Central and North-Central Sections in cooperation with the GSA Foundation for GSA Student Members who are presenting oral or poster papers. Students from the South-Central and North-Central Sections should apply to their respective sections. Students from other sections should apply to the section (South-Central or North-Central) that is geographically closer to your area. You must be registered for the meeting before you apply for a Travel Grant. The online Travel Grant Application Form will be available in early January 2007 when meeting registration opens.


For more informationon on Mentoring Programs, contact Jennifer Nocerino, .

Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geoscience. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs.-Fri., 12-13 April, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This interactive and informative program for undergraduate and graduate students, led by professional geoscientists, will cover real life issues including professional opportunities and challenges that await students after graduation. Plan to attend both free luncheons to hear different presenters each day. Students will receive free lunch tickets in their registration packet to attend both Shlemon Programs, but space is limited: first come, first served.
The John Mann Mentors in Applied Hydrogeology Program. Sponsored by GSA Foundation.
Thurs., 12 April, 5-6:30 p.m.
This early evening event presents mentoring opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates with interest in applied hydrogeology or hydrology as a career to interact and network with practicing hydrogeologic professionals. This program is a focused, small-scale event that features free pizza for participants. Every student will receive a free pizza dinner ticket in his or her registration packet to attend the Mann Program, but space is limited: first come, first served.



The abstracts deadline (23 Jan.) has now passed. Papers were invited from students and professionals for oral and poster presentations in general discipline sessions, topical sessions, and symposia. An individual may present only one volunteered paper; however, a person may be co-author on other papers. Individuals invited to participate in symposia may present an additional volunteered paper. If you have a question about your abstract, please contact Nancy Carlson, +1-303-357-1061, .


Oral presentations in all technical sessions are 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and discussions. Conveners and session chairs are responsible for keeping their sessions on schedule. Speakers will be provided with a laser pointer.

All oral sessions are using a single digital projector and Microsoft PowerPoint software on a computer running the Windows operating system. Please embed all links in your PowerPoint file. Presenters should bring their PowerPoint file on a CD-ROM or a USB memory device to be loaded onto a computer in your session room at least one hour prior to the start of the morning or afternoon session. Presentations prepared on a MacOS computer should be saved through a Windows computer to assure compatibility. Computers will be available in the Speaker Ready Room to review your presentation or to transfer to Windows format. Presenters will not be allowed to use their own computers.

Please note that overheads and 35 mm slides are strongly discouraged and can only be accommodated by special request to the local committee.


Due to the large number of posters and limited space, posters will be limited to 4' x 4'. Mounting material (Velcro fasteners) will be available from the assigned poster assistant one-half hour prior to the beginning of the session. Posters are available for four hours during the session and the authors must be present at their poster for at least two hours.

Technical Program Schedule

 top Symposia

1. Pander Society Symposium — Mixed-Up Conodonts: Extracting Useful Information and Solving Geologic Puzzles Using Stratigraphic Leaks and Redeposited Faunas. Cosponsored by Pander Society; Paleontological Society.
James Miller, Missouri State University []
Stephen Leslie, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, []
Oral and Poster.
2. Roger L. Kaesler—Scientist and Editor: His Contributions to Paleontology through Research and the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Bruce S. Lieberman, University of Kansas, []
Oral only.
Technical Program Schedule

 top Theme Sessions

1. Microbial Methane Energy Resources.
George W. Shurr, GeoShurr Resources []
Fred J. Anderson, North Dakota Geological Survey []
Oral and Poster.
2. Hydrothermal Processes in Midcontinent Sedimentary Rocks. Cosponsored by Great Lakes Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
John Luczaj, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay []
Robert H. Goldstein, University of Kansas []
Oral only.
3. Applications of Stable Isotopes to Modern and Quaternary Environmental Issues.
William C. Johnson, University of Kansas []
Luis Gonzalez, University of Kansas []
Oral and Poster.
4. Identification of Environmental Processes Using Isotopic Tracers.
Margaret Townsend, Kansas Geological Survey []
Roy Spalding, University of Nebraska-Lincoln []
Oral and Poster.
5. Groundwater Flow and Transport Processes in Carbonate Aquifers.
Martin Appold, University of Missouri-Columbia []
Carol Wicks, University of Missouri-Columbia []
Oral and Poster.
6. Early Pleistocene Glaciation of the Central Plains.
Wakefield Dort, University of Kansas []
Oral and Poster.
7. Loess and Paleoenvironments.
Randall Schaetzl, Michigan State University []
Oral and Poster.
8. Geoarchaeological and Geomorphological Explorations in the Midcontinent: In Honor of Wakefield Dort Jr.
William I. Woods, University of Kansas []
Rolfe D. Mandel, Kansas Geological Survey []
William C. Johnson, University of Kansas []
Oral and Poster.
9. Geophysics in the Midcontinent (Posters).
Kevin Mickus, Missouri State University []
Poster only.
10. Community-Based Service Learning in the Geosciences. Cosponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Kathleen Bower, Eastern Illinois University []
Oral only.
11. Issues in Geoscience Education. Cosponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Annabelle Foos, University of Akron []
Oral and Poster.
12. Strategies for Success in Bridging the Gap between Culture, Religion, and Science in the Geoscience Classroom.
Sadredin C. Moosavi, Walden University []
Elizabeth Heise, University of Texas at Brownsville []
Oral only.
13. Undergraduate Research (Posters). Cosponsored by Geoscience Division, Council on Undergraduate Research.
Robert Shuster, University of Nebraska-Omaha []
Poster only.
14. Medical Mineralogy Session and Panel Discussion.
A. Umran Dogan, Ankara University, Turkey, and University of Iowa []
Meral Dogan, Hacettepe University, Turkey []
Oral and Poster.
15. Traces of Life: Micro- to Macroscopic Evidence of Past and Present Biogenic Activity and Their Implications for Marine and Continental Settings. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Stephen T. Hasiotis, University of Kansas []
Jennifer A. Roberts, University of Kansas []
David Fowle, University of Kansas []
Oral and Poster.
16. Fossils and Modern Analogs: Using Modern Organisms to Improve Paleontological Interpretations. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Daniel I. Hembree, Ohio University []
Brian F. Platt, University of Kansas []
Jon J. Smith, University of Kansas []
Oral only.
17. Paleontologic Deviates: Taphonomy and Pathology. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Bruce Rothschild, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine []
Larry Martin, University of Kansas []
Oral only.
18. Systematic Paleontology in the 21st Century: Analyzing Evolution, Diversity, and Beyond. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Alycia L. Stigall, Ohio University []
Oral and Poster.
19. Sequence Stratigraphy and Biostratigraphy of Pennsylvanian-Lower Permian Cyclothems in the North American Midcontinent. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society.
Gregory P. Wahlman, BP America []
Philip H. Heckel, University of Iowa []
Oral only.
20. The Legacy of Raymond Cecil Moore (1892-1974): The 20th Century's Paleontologist-Stratigrapher Laureate.
Daniel F. Merriam, University of Kansas []
Paul Enos, University of Kansas []
Oral and Poster.
21. Neogene Depositional Environments, Paleoclimatology, and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Succession Forming the High Plains Aquifer.
P. Allen Macfarlane, Kansas Geological Survey []
Greg Ludvigson, Kansas Geological Survey []
Marios Sophocleous, Kansas Geological Survey []
Oral and Poster.
22. Upper Paleozoic Depositional Systems, Cyclo- and Sequence Stratigraphic Architecture, and their Controls on Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the U.S. Midcontinent.
Wan Yang, Wichita State University []
Salvatore J. Mazzullo, Wichita State University []
Oral and Poster.
23. Insights from Cretaceous-Paleogene Paleoenvironments and Deposition: Glimpses of the Greenhouse.
Brian J. Witzke, Iowa Geological Survey []
Greg A. Ludvigson, Kansas Geological Survey []
Oral and Poster.
24. Geologic Framework of the U.S. Continental Interior.
Mary Hubbard, Kansas State University []
Daniel Holm, Kent State University []
Stephen Marshak, University of Illinois []
Oral and Poster.
25. Hydrogeologic and Water Quality Investigations in Floodplain Aquifers in the Midwestern United States.
Marcia K. Schulmeister, Emporia State University []
Brian P. Kelly, U.S. Geological Survey []
Oral and Poster.
26. Establishing Teacher-Scientist Collaborations in K-12 Earth Science Education.
Charles Spencer, Central Missouri State University []
Oral and Poster.
27. Applied Hydrogeology and Geophysics: Innovative Approaches to Old Hydrogeological Challenges.
Amir Mokhtari Fard, Hydro Research, Täby, Sweden []
Oral and Poster.
28. Geologic Hazards in Urban Areas and Transportation Corridors of the Midcontinent.
Gregory Ohlmacher, Kansas Geological Survey []
Oral and Poster.


1. Advancing Understanding of Groundwater Concepts Using Simulation and Role-Play in the Plume Busters Software.
Sat., 14 April, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
— Canceled.
2. Developing Professional Development Opportunities for K-12 Teachers in Earth Science. Cosponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Sat., 14 April, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
— Canceled. 


1. SEPM Short Course Number 51: Recognizing Continental Trace Fossils in Outcrop and Core. Cosponsored by Paleontological Society; Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
Sat., 14 April, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stephen T. Hasiotis, University of Kansas []
Max.: 25. Cost: US$45.


For further information regarding field trips, please contact the field trip leader(s). All field trip fees include transportation. Other included features noted below.


1. Sequence Stratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, and Chronostratigraphy of the Virgilian Stage, Northern Midcontinent. Mon.-Tues., 9-10 April.
— Canceled
2. Fluvial-Estuarine Deposition in the Mid-Cretaceous Dakota Formation, Kansas and Nebraska.
Tues., 10 April.
R. Matt Joeckel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln [+1-402-472-7520, ]
Greg Ludvigson, Kansas Geological Survey [+1-785-864-2734, ]
Max.: 18. Cost: US$50. Includes lunch an g guidebook.
3. Geology and Industrial Use of the Lamproid Occurrences in Southeast Kansas.
Tues., 10 April.
Pieter Berendsen, Kansas Geological Survey [+1-785-864-2141, ]
Max.: 18. Cost: US$50. Includes lunch an g guidebook.


4. The Weaubleau and Decaturville Impact Structures in West-Central Missouri: Sorting Out Their Ages Using Redeposited Conodonts and Crinoids in Breccias. Cosponsored by Pander Society; Paleontological Society.
Fri. evening-Saturday, 13-14 April.
James Miller, Missouri State University [+1-417-836-5447, ]
Kevin Evans, Missouri State University [+1-417-836-3231, ]
Max.: 30. Cost: US$95. Includes 1 (one) night lodging, 1 (one) lunch, and guidebook.
5. Sequence Stratigraphy of Delta-Dominated, Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Depositional Systems of the Upper Pennsylvanian Ochelata Group, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Fri. evening-Sun., 13-15 April.
— Canceled.
6. Geoarchaeology and Alluvial Stratigraphy of the Claussen Paleoarchaic Site.
Half-day, Sat., 14 April.
Rolfe Mandel, Kansas Geological Survey [+1-785-864-2171, ]
Jack Hofman [+1-785-864-2634, ]
Max.: 35. Cost: US$17. Includes handout.
7. Maximum Southwestern Extent of "Kansan" Ice Sheet and Newly Discovered Older Till.
Sat., 14 April.
Wakefield Dort, Jr., Emeritus, University of Kansas[+1-785-864-4974]
Max.: 48. Cost: US$35. Includes guidebook.



Exhibit booths will be available at this meeting for universities, government, and companies. For further information, please contact Gregory Ohlmacher, Gregory Ludvigson, Allen Macfarlane, or Matt Joeckel.


Requests for information should be addressed to the Meeting Co-Chairs or Meeting Vice-Chairs. Technical program questions should be addressed to the Technical Program Co-Chairs. The mailing address for the Kansas Geological Survey is 1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, Kansas 66047.

Meeting Co-Chairs
Greg Ohlmacher
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas
Greg Ludvigson
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas
Meeting Vice-Chairs
Allen Macfarlane
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas
R. Matt Joeckel
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Technical Program Co-Chairs
Tracy Frank (NC)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Marios Sophocleous (SC)
Kansas Geological Survey
Univ Kansas