The Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

Boulder, Colo., USA: Geoscientists in the North American Rocky Mountain region and beyond will convene on 9-10 June in Calgary, Ontario, Canada, to discuss new science, expand on existing science, and explore the unique geologic features of the region. Keynote talks will feature Jeff Freymueller (Director of EarthScope) and Dave Eaton (Director of Canadian Cordillera Array) in addition to local emergency management personnel telling stories of their experiences with the 2013 floods and 2016 Fort McMurray fires.

The technical program for this meeting explores much of the geological time scale and is intended to bridge across the North American Rocky Mountains. The field trips offer opportunities to explore local UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the bone beds at Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Burgess Shale trilobite beds in Yoho National Park, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, as well as the landscapes, geology, hot springs, and innovative carbon capture facilities of Alberta. GSA has published a field guide, Geologic Field Trips of the Canadian Rockies: 2017 Meeting of the GSA Rocky Mountain Section, in association with this meeting.

This meeting is dedicated to Grant Mossop, who was a prominent local geologist with a passion for teaching.

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.

Using the Rocky Mountains as a Natural Laboratory for Teaching the "What" and the "How" of Geology
Friday, 9 June, 1:30 p.m., Mount Royal University

Presentations include

  • Developing Virtual Field Experiences (VFES) for Teaching Geoscience Concepts and Processes. Contact: Jonathan Cooper, [email protected]
  • Using the Rocky Mountains to Promote Geotourism — An Example: Passing through Time: A Geological Tour through Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks

From EarthScope to EarthScan and the Canadian Cordillera Array
Saturday, 10 June, 9 a.m., Mount Royal University

Presentations include

  • The Lewis Thrust: Whose Fault is it Anyway? Contact: Peter Jones, [email protected]
  • Factors Controlling Thermal Springs in the Canadian Cordillera. Contact: Grant Ferguson, [email protected]



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.

The Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

Media Contact

Christa Stratton
[email protected]