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Slices through space and time

2016 Geological Society of America Northeastern Section Meeting

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colorado, USA - Geoscientists from the Northeastern U.S. and beyond will convene in Albany, New York, USA, on March 21-23 to discuss hot-topic science, expand on current findings, and explore the region's unique geologic features. This event is expected to draw more than 900 attendees from a variety of geoscience disciplines. Topics include groundwater analysis, aquifers, Holocene climate change, paleontology, structural geology and seismology, and marine and coastal science.

Albany is centrally located on the historic Hudson River, where the Appalachian Mountains meet the Allegheny Plateau, and the Valley and Ridge province nudges up to the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains. From Paleozoic shelf strata and complexly metamorphosed Precambrian bedrock to Mesozoic rift basins and Pleistocene glacial cover, the fascinating transect from Buffalo to Boston leads right through Albany.

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into two symposia and 31 themed sessions plus an array of research in general discipline areas. Go to to learn more.


Integrating Structural Geology with Hydrogeology

Accurate interpretations of aquifer tests often require an understanding of local or regional structural geology. This session brings together hydrologic investigations and studies where the structural geology strongly influences the hydrogeology.

Conveners: Edwin Romanowicz, State University of New York at Plattsburgh,; Jonathan Kim, Vermont Geological Survey.

Presentations: * Sample presentation: Analysis of groundwater quality in a fractured rock aquifer influenced by black shales in the central Champlain Valley, western Vermont: Lead author: Sam Cowan,


High-Resolution Records of Holocene Climate Change

Holocene records of climate provide a relatively recent perspective from which to develop an understanding of the processes, rates, and magnitude of natural climate change. This session invites paleoclimate studies focused on the past 11,000 years.

Conveners: Eugene Domack, University of South Florida,; Amy Leventer, Colgate University,


Lead author: Caroline G. Verdi,


Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Paleontology of the New York Paleozoic

2016 marks the 180th anniversary of the first studies of New York State's now famous Paleozoic strata. Investigations of the sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology in the New York Paleozoic continue to thrive. This session will explore the latest developments in studies of this storied sequence.

Conveners: James Ebert, SUNY Oneonta,; D. Jeffrey Over, SUNY Geneseo,



Lead author: Diana L. Boyer,

View the complete session schedule by day or search the program by keywords at

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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 2015 or 2016.
  • 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.


Christa Stratton

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