Record number of Binghamton University geoscientists to participate in annual conference


Research from 17 geoscientists at Binghamton University will be presented at the 114th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) to be held October 27-30, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Approximately 6,300 geoscientists from around the world are expected to attend. Binghamton University will have one of the largest representations from a single university.

The meeting, titled “Denver 2002: Science at the Highest Level," will host nearly 3,100 speakers who will participate in more than 246 technical sessions covering recent advances in all fields of geoscience.

The geoscientists from Binghamton University have submitted papers to topical and discipline sessions, and are contributing to workshops at the meeting. They include faculty Jeffrey Barker, Robert Demicco, Joseph Graney, David Jenkins, Peter Knuepfer, Tim Lowenstein, William MacDonald, Karen Salvage and William Stein. Student geoscientist’s represented, current or recent graduates, include Sean Brennan, Timothy Erikson, Jonathan Kramer, John Rayburn, Abigail Roberts, Luke Salogar, Cindy L. Satterfield and Erin Fallis Sutton.

The papers and workshops involving Binghamton University faculty and students will cover a wide range of subjects, including such topics as evidence of meteorite impacts, changes in seawater chemistry through earth's history, evidence for climate changes from South America and New York, groundwater flow along rivers, and geochemistry of contaminants.

Other presentations at the meeting range from the geomorphic effects of wildfire to the evolution of the Rocky Mountains to early Mars. Numerous topics with public policy implications include hydrogeology and water resources, challenges in the national problem of high-level radioactive waste disposal, and the role of earth sciences in fostering global equity and stability.

Established in 1888, GSA is a broad, unifying scientific society that strives to foster better understanding of the Earth, planets and life. Through a variety projects, programs and events, GSA promotes the application of geoscience knowledge and insight to human needs and aspirations and stewardship of the Earth. GSA also provides access to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors including academic, government, business, and industry.

Last Updated: 9/17/13