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Geosciences in the heart of Texas

2017 South-Central Meeting of The Geological Society of America

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colo., USA: Geoscientists from the south-central U.S. and beyond will convene on 13-14 March in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School of Earth Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin will deliver the keynote presentation, "Preparing Students for the Future Geoscience Workforce."

The meeting coincides with some of the best weather of the year, providing opportunities for spectacular field trips across the south Texas region. Trips include an overview of the Edwards Aquifer, a visit to Robber Baron Cave, and kayaking along the Llano River. One of the workshops will cover drone integration into geoscience research.

Keynote Presentation

Sharon Mosher, Dean of the Jackson School of Earth Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin Preparing Students for the Future Geoscience Workforce
Mon., 13 March, 5-7 p.m., Omni Colonnade San Antonio La Joya Ballroom

Selected Highlights of the Scientific Program

The scientific program is composed of oral and poster presentations organized into 15 themed sessions covering an array of research of geoscience disciplines.

Micro- to Macroscopic Evidence of Life and its Implications for the Evolution and Interpretation of the Biosphere in Earth Systems.

Monday, 13 March, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Grand Ballroom F (Omni Colonnade San Antonio). Presentations include

  • The Climate Implications of Giant Tortoises in Pleistocene North America (Don Esker,

  • A Legacy Collection of Fossil Fish Bones from Live Oak County, Texas (Thomas E. Macrini,

  • Texas Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs: A Glimpse of Their Last Days in The Early-Late Cretaceous (Nathan Van Vranken,

Fostering Cultures of Deliberate Inclusion in Geosciences.
Tuesday, 14 March, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Grand Ballroom F (Omni Colonnade San Antonio). Presentations include

  • Microagressions as Barriers to Inclusion in Geosciences (Stephen K. Boss,

  • GeoFORCE Texas: A Collective Impact for Inclusion in the Geosciences (Samuel Moore,

  • iPad Mapping Applications: Evaluation and Workflow (Arthur B. Busbey III,



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 2016 or 2017.

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

Present media credentials to Lindsey Henslee 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.

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