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Geoscientists to meet in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

Topics include hydraulic fracturing, continental rifts, and karst mapping

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Geoscientists from the south-central U.S. and beyond will convene in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, on 19-20 March to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Sessions range from petroleum and water topics to climate and hazard topics, including field trips and in-depth workshops.

The meeting will take place on the campus of Oklahoma State University (OSU), which is located on the scenic shoreline of the Permian Sea. OSU has provided an intersection of geologic disciplines since the inception of the Boone Pickens School of Geology, with a history in petroleum, water, and agriculture studies. The meeting will have a diverse program of workshops, technical sessions, and field trips covering a wide spectrum of geologic disciplines.

Included is a core workshop: "Mid-Continent Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs," and a workshop addressing water challenges in the nation: "A Holistic Approach to Groundwater Resource Development and Management."

Two field trips are planned prior to and after the meeting: (1) Geology of the Wichita Mountains; and (2) Hydrogeology of the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer and EPA Tour/Hydrodays.

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

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


Session: East African Rift, Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, Rio Grande Rift, and other Continental Rifts: A Tribute to the Career of G. Randy Keller


Talks include: On the need for a big geoscientific study in the south-central region:
Lead author: Robert Stern, The University of Texas at Dallas,

Session: Evaporite Karst in the Greater Permian Basin of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado


Talks include: Impact of evaporite karst on the lower Pecos region, southeastern New Mexico: A blessing or a curse?:
Lead author: Lewis Land, National Cave and Karst Research Institute:


Session: Energy-Water Nexus: Fluids, Induced Seismicity, and Environment


Talks include: Paying to ignore climate change? Chronic drought vs. water contracts in north Texas:
Lead author: Tom H. Brikowski,

Session: Geology, Society, and Policy


Talks include: A tale of two cultures: Emerging pharmaceuticals and personal care products in fresh water:
Authors: Xianzhi Peng, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China; Kyle E. Murray, Oklahoma Geological Survey,

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.

Complete meeting information at

Local contact information at


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 2014 or 2015.

  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Present media credentials to Melissa Cummiskey 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 26,000 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.

Contact: Christa Stratton

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