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GSA 2016 technical program & meeting highlights

The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting: 25-28 Sept., Denver, Colorado, USA

Geological Society of America

Boulder, CO, USA: Geoscientists from around the globe will be presenting more than 4,700 papers at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, Colorado, 25-28 September 2016. The scientific program schedule is online now.

Journalists are invited to attend and report the latest findings in earth-science research, on topics as diverse as the interests of the GSA membership. The meeting is earlier than usual this year, which portends great weather for GSA's popular field trips to the Colorado high country and elsewhere. GSA Field Guide #44, titled "Unfolding the Geology of the West," edited by Stephen M. Keller and Matthew L. Morgan, includes sixteen chapters providing guides to areas in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Montana. Watch for it in the GSA Store in September.

The GSA meeting size and format are most conducive to making personal connections with expert scientific resources and GSA hosts an onsite newsroom to assist members of the media during the hours of the technical program.


GSA Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony

CCC, Sunday, 25 Sept., noon-1:30 p.m.

GSA President Claudia Mora will talk about "Mission-Driven Science," exploring some of the complex challenges being addressed by geoscientists within U.S. national laboratories. Top awards will be presented to luminaries in the field.

Feed Your Brain: Lunchtime Enlightenment

CCC, 26-28 Sept., 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Monday: Jen Russel-Houston, Osum Oil Sands Corp., 2016 Halbouty lecturer, "Contemporary Oil Sands: Retrospect and Future Potential."

Tuesday: Lucy Jones, USGS (retired), "What Society Needs from Scientists."

Wednesday: Claudio Margottini, ISPRA, on the relevance of the geological sciences to saving UNESCO Heritage sites.

GSA President's Medalist Sarah Andrews

CCC, Mile High Ballroom 4D, Monday, 26 Sept., 8:10 a.m.

An Essential State of Wonder: Interpreting Science in the Parks

GSA Gold Medal Lectures

Arthur L. Day Medalist Donald B. Dingwell, LMU - University of Munich

CCC, Room 503, Monday, 26 Sept., 8:10 a.m.

Experimental Volcanology: Accessing the Inaccessible

Young Scientist Award (Donath Medalist) Whitney M. Behr, University of Texas at Austin

CCC, Room 203, Wednesday, 28 Sept., 8:10 a.m.

Metamorphic Heterogeneity and Transient Rheology of the Deep Subduction Interface

Attend the 5th International EarthCache Event on Saturday the 24th (CCC, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to celebrate learning about the Earth out of doors through EarthCache sites. Speakers and educational activities will engage participants with this special subset of geocaching, and the geology of Colorado.

Film screening: Written on Water, a film by Penn State's Merri Lisa Trigilio, focuses on the Ogallala Aquifer and examines the conflicts, politics, economics, and groundwater depletion of the High Plains region. The film follows farmers and a West Texas community that is struggling to survive as the wells run dry. The film presents perspectives on water conservation, individual property rights, state policy, and science, as well as the fallout these issues have on the human story that often goes unseen.

Monday, 26 Sept., 5:15 p.m. in room 501

Tuesday, 27 Sept., Mile High Ballroom 2A/3A, Discussion at 9:45 a.m., film at 10:55 a.m.


The broad technical program will be presented by scientists from around the world as they share new findings and insights.

Presentations are organized into several categories:

Pardee Keynote Symposia include invited speakers:

  • The Environmental Impacts of Shale Development;

  • Improving Surface Energy Systems;

  • Managing the High Plains Aquifer;

  • Exploring the Third Zone: The Geology of Pluto, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt; and The Geologic

  • The Evolution of Cuba. Featured Pardee speakers:

Topical Sessions, which are abstracts presentations organized on a thematic basis. Industry Track icons designate which sessions are most relevant for industry professionals, including energy, economic geology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, and engineering geology.

The program also includes discipline sessions, which are grouped according to research conducted in specific scientific disciplines (e.g., archeological geology, geochemistry, etc.)

The complete technical program schedule with abstracts is searchable online. Browse for sessions in your areas of interest or search for particular presentations by typing in key words, an author's name, or a session title. You can also search discipline categories or sponsors using the drop-down menus, or use your browser's "find" feature to search for keywords or convener names.


Representatives of the media and public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions may participate in technical sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media personnel will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use GSA-hosted newsroom facilities while at the meeting. Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Public Information Officers of universities, government agencies, and research institutions can use the meeting as an opportunity to present research to on-site reporters through press releases, press conferences, a virtual press room, and one-on-one contact with the press.

Learn more about media eligibility for complimentary registration.

The media pre-registration deadline is Friday, 16 Sept. 2016. After 16 Sept., media may register onsite at the main registration desk beginning Saturday morning, 24 Sept., at 7:00 a.m.

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Contact Christa Stratton, GSA's Director of Education, Communications & Outreach, at the address above for additional information or assistance. GSA endeavors to provide a fully accessible meeting; please let us know if you have special requests with regard to the ADA. Meeting Homepage


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