Technical Program

Technical Sessions

Oral Sessions
Oral presentations are located on the first and second floors of the Fetzer Center. The Speaker Ready Room is located in Room 1030. Signage and meeting staff are available to assist you in orienting yourself for quick access to all events. PowerPoint is available for oral presentations. Operating systems are PC-based; Mac-generated presentations should be formatted for PC compatibility. Presenters may not use their own laptops. Speakers should preferably provide their presentations on either CD-R or flash drive, or bring their device with a USB drive. Presentations must be uploaded in the Speaker Ready Room during the preceding half-day to a scheduled session. Slide shows for Thursday morning sessions are to be uploaded between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 22 April. Slide shows for Friday morning are to be uploaded by 5 p.m. of the preceding afternoon. Talks for afternoon sessions are to be uploaded between 7 and 11 a.m. daily. In the unfortunate incidence of a late arrival, proceed to the Speaker Ready Room for individual aid. Please make every effort to upload your slide show by the session deadline of the preceding half-day.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are located in the courtyard of Schneider Hall. Individual poster space will be a 4' by 8' board, and you can only use pushpins to tack up your poster. The boards do not accept Velcro. Free pushpins will be available. Morning posters are to be displayed at 8 a.m. and removed at noon; while afternoon posters are to be displayed at 1:30 p.m. and removed by 5:30 p.m. Authors are to be present between 9 and 11 a.m. for morning sessions, and between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. for afternoon sessions.



T1. Advances in Glacial Sediment Characterization: Implications for Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport Modeling. Larry Lemke, Wayne State Univ.,; Remke Van Dam, Michigan State Univ.,
Glacial sediments form a significant portion of aquifers in the north-central United States. Groundwater flow and contaminant transport studies in such aquifers depend on conceptual models to define aquifer system architectures and to predict spatial distributions of their physical and chemical properties. Combinations of new and traditional stratigraphic, geophysical, and stochastic methods are increasingly applied to characterize complex glacial aquifer systems. This session will highlight examples of innovative 2-D and 3-D mapping and modeling approaches used to address heterogeneity and uncertainty in glacial sediments. We invite contributions focusing on regional or local field studies, modeling, and combinations thereof.
T2. Applications of Near-Surface Geophysics. Bill Sauck, Western Michigan Univ.,; Remke Van Dam, Michigan State Univ.,
This session highlights the geophysical methods used to address the shallow subsurface for environmental, archaeological, hydrogeological, engineering, and geological problems.
T4. Quaternary Research in the Great Lakes Region I: The Pleistocene. Randy Schaetzl, Michigan State Univ.,; Catherine Yansa, Michigan State Univ.,
Research on Quaternary landscapes, systems, and processes in the Great Lakes region. Emphasis is placed on research that focuses on Pleistocene-aged systems, soils, sediments, or landforms.
T5. Quaternary Research in the Great Lakes Region II: The Holocene. Catherine Yansa, Michigan State Univ.,; Randy Schaetzl, Michigan State Univ.,
Reconstructing Holocene-age environments within the Great Lakes region, with emphasis upon research pertaining to paleoecology, paleolimnology, and geomorphology.
T6. Quaternary Time Machine: Methods and Analyses of Soils and Sediments to Reveal Secrets of Past Environments. M. Kathyrn Rocheford, Univ. of Iowa,; Maija Sipola, Univ. of Iowa,
“Environments” can be interpreted as climate, landscape, and/or vegetation, whether “natural/native” or anthropogenically modified. This session will include presentations from multiple disciplines that use any methodology for dating soils and sediment or for analyzing their physical and/or chemical characteristics, including, but not limited to organic matter, microbial activity, carbon/nitrogen sequestration, or environmental or isotopic tracers.
T7. Cultural Geology: Heritage Stone, Buildings, Parks, and More. Cosponsored by Heritage Stone Task Group of the IUGS. Nelson Shaffer, Indiana Geological Survey,; Joe Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History,
This session will include presentations on building stones, including heritage stones; terroir; parks as they relate to the interface of geology and human culture, and other topics that relate the geological sciences to human activities.
T8. Addressing Environmental Aspects of Geology: Research, Pedagogy, and Public Policy. Mike Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College,
Many geoscientists investigate the interaction of humans with Earth’s processes and materials. From identifying hazards to locating resources to mitigating impacts, geology plays a crucial role in helping people live with the earth. This session will be a broad exploration of environmental geoscience from inquiry through practice and will include discussions of research as well as application through education, community outreach, and work with policy makers.
T9. Sources, Transport, and Fate of Trace Elements and Organics in the Environment. Cosponsored by the International Association of GeoChemistry. Ryan Vannier, Michigan State Univ.,; Colleen McLean, Youngstown State Univ.,
Basic and applied research on inorganic and organic chemicals in the environment. Topics include those that relate to understanding and modeling sources, transport and fate; human and ecosystem health; and environmental assessment and remediation.
T10. Mapping the Glacial Geology of the Great Lakes States. Cosponsored by the Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition. Kevin Kincare, USGS,; Dick Berg, Illinois State Geological Survey,
The stratigraphy of the glacial deposits of the Great Lakes has both economic and scientific importance. While the region benefits greatly from extracting the sand and gravel and groundwater resources contained in the glacial deposits, our knowledge of them is not commensurate to our economic reliance. This session examines recent mapping of glacial deposits as well as use of the maps to interpret depositional environments, stratigraphic relationships, and glacial processes. This session also focuses on developing derivative products, such as hydrostratigraphy of glacial deposits, glacial-aquifer sensitivity to surface activities, and reserve estimates of construction aggregates.
T11. Working with Pre-Service Teachers—Issues and Ideas. Kyle Gray, Univ. of Northern Iowa,; Anthony Feig, Central Michigan Univ.,
Many college and university-based earth scientists interact with pre-service teachers on a regular basis. Regardless of whether they are pre-K, elementary, or secondary education majors, many of our students have received little or no exposure to earth-science topics before attending our courses. As a result, they often enter our classrooms afraid of teaching earth science. Such barriers to teaching pose a challenge to earth-science faculty, but they can be addressed through a variety of creative pedagogies and theoretical frameworks. This session is intended for anyone who teaches pre-service teachers in any capacity including (but not limited to) content courses and methods courses. We welcome any presentations that discuss new lesson ideas, research regarding pre-service populations, theoretical approaches to teacher training, or strategies for improving K–12 earth-science education in general.
T12. Research in Earth Science Education. Cosponsored by Central Section, NAGT. Heather Petcovic, Western Michigan Univ.,; Sandra Rutherford, Univ. of Wisconsin,
What do we know about how people think, feel, perceive, and understand about Earth? This session will share research on the teaching and learning of earth science in classroom, laboratory, field, and informal settings. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies describing cognitive and affective factors that impact learning as well as studies of specific curricula, pedagogy, or interventions will be highlighted.
T13. Innovative Earth Science Teacher Professional Development. Mark Klawiter, Michigan Technological Univ.,; Carol Engelmann; Emily Gochis; Erika Vye; Heather Petcovic; Stephen Mattox.
Quality geoscience professional development (PD) experiences that address the needs of the participating teachers will improve teaching and learning in K–12 earth-science classrooms and promote student interest in geoscience careers. This session will present innovative methods of PD for teachers in the classroom and in the field and invites presentations that highlight programs or workshops offering high-quality PD opportunities in the geosciences, as well as presentations from teacher participating in these opportunities.
T14. Teaching and Learning Earth Science: K–16 Educational Pedagogy. Cosponsored by North-Central Section, NAGT). Katie Johnson, Eastern Illinois Univ.,; Stephen Mattox, Grand Valley State Univ.,
This theme session encourages abstract submissions from K–16 educators who would like to share insights into teaching and or learning of earth-science content. The goal for this session is to attract presentations showcasing a myriad of activities using diverse instructional strategies. As educators, many of us search for interesting and effective activities that will help our students to learn better and more efficiently. We also welcome abstracts from researchers offering insights into cognition and processing of earth-science information that will help us to teach more effectively.
T15. Paleontology as a Murder Mystery: How the Study of Predation and Taphonomy Reveals the Means, Motives & Opportunities of Ancient Perpetrators and Their Victims. Karen Koy, Missouri Western Univ.,; Joseph E. Peterson, Univ. of Wisconsin–Oshkosh,
Paleontology is limited in the types of information preserved by the fossil record, mostly physical traces on or in body fossils and sediments. Left with these traces, paleontologists, like crime scene investigators, must gather and interpret evidence to determine past events. This session will focus on the “crime scene” of the fossil record, featuring research that uses descriptive and/or experimental methods to reveal the “facts of the case.”
T17. Special Poster Session on Undergraduate Research (Posters). Ed Hansen, Hope College,; Robert Schuster, Univ. of Nebraska,
These are posters authored and presented by undergraduate students on their research projects, activities, techniques, and/or preliminary results. Co-authored or multi-authored papers for which the student is senior author and presenter will be considered. Any field in geosciences is acceptable.
T18. Recent Advances in the Studies on the Origin of Magmatic and Hydrothermal Ore Deposits. Joyashish Thakurta, Western Michigan Univ.,
The session will be based on the latest developments in our understanding about the origin of magmatic and hydrothermal mineral deposits using techniques in petrology, geochemistry, and structural geology. This will also include discussions on the tectonic control of ore mineralizations, particularly with respect to subduction zones and intra-cratonic rift related systems. Studies in relation to metallogenesis in the upper mid-western United States are especially invited.
T19. Hydrogeologic Investigations for Improved Assessment of Water Availability and Use in the Glaciated United States. Randall Bayless, USGS,; Howard Reeves, USGS.
Accurate assessments of water availability and use in the glaciated United States are essential for the long-term sustainability of the United States and Canada. The hydrogeologic settings are diverse and complex, and much essential information that is required for accurate assessments is not yet available. This session will examine current investigations that seek to expand and refine pertinent information, including climate, recharge, discharge, extraction, groundwater-surface water interactions, geologic characterization, groundwater flow, and non-point source water-quality issues.
T20. Applied Geology: Engineering, Environmental, Geotechnical, and Hydrogeology. Cosponsored by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. Terry R. West, Purdue Univ.,
T21. Field Trips, Guidebooks, and Apps: Exploring the Present, Past, and Future of Geological Field Trips and Field Trip Guidebooks. Joe Hannibal. Cleveland Museum of Natural History,; Kevin R. Evans, Missouri State Univ.,
Field trips are a core concept in the geosciences. They are typically better and more seriously organized than field trips in other related scientific fields. Field trips guidebooks, whether produced for specific field trips or not, are used for a variety of educational and scientific purposes. This session will explore the history, future, and all other aspects of geological field trips and field trip guidebooks.
T22. Topics in Vertebrate Paleontology. Michael J. Ryan, Cleveland Museum of Natural History,; Evan Scott, Case Western Reserve Univ.,
Talks are invited on all aspects of vertebrate paleontology, especially from those related to Mesozoic and Cenozoic vertebrates.
T23. Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Sciences. Mohamed Sultan, Western Michigan University,; Richard Becker, University of Toledo,
This session highlights advances in applying remote sensing to monitor temporal changes in a wide range of natural systems and to investigate the impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on such systems. Specifically, we seek abstracts that address the potential influences of natural processes, global change and regional human activities on the environment. With the advancement of high-spatial and spectral resolution satellite and aircraft imagery, many applications are being developed for mapping and monitoring purposes. Many of these applications integrate observations from remote sensing data with others extracted from traditional data sources for a better understanding of environmental problems on local, regional, and global scales. Subjects include, but are but not limited to, natural hazards, hydrologic systems, landscape evolution, and the impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on such systems.


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