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Special Sessions

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Special Sessions

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The following special sessions extend and enhance opportunities for diverse learning and presentation modes within the technical program. Each session is structured by the individual organizer(s) to best fit their purpose, in order to provide an interesting and unique session for the meeting attendees. If you are interested in knowing more about the Special Sessions listed below, please contact the session chairs directly.

Special Session: A Life in Earth History from Tectonics to Climate: The Scientific Legacy of Paul F. Hoffman
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; Geochemical Society; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division; Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology; Precambrian [At Large]; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Robert S. Hildebrand, University of California; Francis A. Macdonald, Harvard University; Samuel A. Bowring, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Galen P. Halverson, McGill University
This session will focus on recent advances in crustal, climate, and biogeochemical evolution, from tectonics to Snowball Earth, and their interactions.
Paleoclimatology/Paleoceanography; Tectonics; Precambrian Geology
Special Session: CRevolution 2: Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Colorado Plateau–Rocky Mountain Region and the Carving of Grand Canyon
Arizona Geological Survey; U.S. Geological Survey; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Grand Canyon National Park
Karl E. Karlstrom, University of New Mexico
The western U.S. field laboratory, because of its spectacular exposure, has been at the forefront of the scientific breakthroughs in geomorphology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and tectonics for more than a century (Dutton, 1882). The century-long debate about the evolution of the continental-scale Colorado River system and the carving of Grand Canyon are poised for resolution! This session is a step toward that breakthrough and complements an ongoing GSA Geosphere theme volume on CRevolution.
Geomorphology; Geophysics/Tectonophysics/Seismology; Tectonics
Special Session: Process Geomorphology and the Legacy of Dale F. Ritter: Linkages within the Natural and Human Landscape
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
R. Craig Kochel, Bucknell University; Jerry R. Miller, Western Carolina University; Dru Germanoski, Lafayette College
This special session will assemble leading scientists and educators whose work highlights the theme of Process Geomorphology, building upon the legacy of process and dynamics in geomorphic systems championed by Dale F. (Dusty) Ritter. Based on his pioneering research on glaciofluvial processes and landforms, Dusty mentored hundreds of students and provided a focus for the field with his first edition of Process Geomorphology in the 1970s. This session will focus on research on a broad range of geomorphic topics, including glaciofluvial systems, applied environmental geomorphology, and process linkages that exist within watersheds and, where possible, will highlight student-professor collaborations.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology; Environmental Geoscience
Special Session: GSA 125th Anniversary Books: I, The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, and Interactions; II, The Impact of Geological Sciences on Society: Authors Present Summaries of Their Articles
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division: GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division
M.E. Bickford, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
In this session, authors of invited articles for two GSA Special Papers commissioned for GSA’s 125th Anniversary celebration will present summaries of their articles.
Geochemistry; Petrology, Igneous; Hydrogeology
Special Session: Cutting Edge Applied Geoscience in Exploration: The Best of AAPG
Robbie Gries, Priority Oil and Gas, LLC; Paul Weimer, University of Colorado
Three-dimensional seismic visuals, innovative structural geological applications, amazing application of the newest stratigraphic thinking—these concepts and more have captured presentation awards from a cadre of peers at the annual meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). This session is designed to expose GSA attendees to the latest in applied geoscience for the advancement of resource development.
Petroleum/Energy
Special Session: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Frontiers in Soil Geomorphology: In Memory of Donald L. Johnson
GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division
Randy Schaetzl, Michigan State University; Jennifer Burnham, Augustana College; Daniel R. Muhs, U.S. Geological Survey
The late Donald L. Johnson was one of the pioneers of soil geomorphology and applications of its principles to Quaternary research, geoarchaeology, and soil-landscape evolution. Don's interdisciplinary approach to soil geomorphology, in the classic natural history tradition of Charles Darwin, brought together key concepts from pedology, ecology, botany, and zoology, as well as traditional Earth science fields. Speakers who are stimulated by this type of interdisciplinary approach to soil geomorphology are invited to present papers that showcase exciting new results as a tribute to Don's innovative research style. Abstracts on topics that Don was especially passionate about--bioturbation, stone lines, soil evolution, and pedogenic theory--are particularly encouraged.
Geomorphology; Quaternary Geology; Archaeological Geology