SEPM Carbonate Research Group

Annual Meeting Report

Date: Monday, June 20, 2016, 7:30-10 PM
Location: Telus Convention Center, Glen Rooms
Report by: Beth Vanden Berg
Oklahoma State University – Boone Pickens School of Geology
The 2016 CRG Organizers
Beth Vanden Berg, Oklahoma State University,
Andrea Nolting,
   This year’s SEPM Carbonate Research Group met during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Monday, June 20, 2016 from 7:30-10 PM at the Telus Center located between the Hyatt and Marriott Downtown Calgary. The program this year included the following components:
      1. Carbonate Community Announcements
      2. Carbonate Hot Topics
      3. Student Research Posters
      4. Student Photo Contests
Approximately 80 individuals filled out the sign-in sheet but based on the number of chairs filled and missing names on the sign-in sheet, we estimate that approximately 100-125 people attended the event.
Goal of Meeting:
   As in previous meetings, the goal was an evening filled with lively scientific discussion and valuable networking between experienced professionals and students – students were highly encouraged to attend!
1. Carbonate Community Announcements:
      a. Dolomieu Conference on Carbonate Platforms and Dolomite. This is co-sponsored by Stiftung Dolomiti, the International association of Sedimentologist and SEPM. The web-site for additional information is:
      b. The 2017 Mountjoy Conference. This will be the 2nd Mountjoy meeting, held in memory of Dr. Eric Mountjoy, and from this year moving forward will alternate with the Bathurst Conferences. This conference, co-sponsored by SEPM and CSPG will be held June 26-29, 2017 in Austin, Texas, USA. For more information, see: The main conveners are: Mitch Harris, Gene Rankey, Don McNeill, Astrid Arts, and Jean Hsieh.
      c. AAPG ACE 2017 Proposed Lloyd Pray Session. A session in honor of Dr. Lloyd C. Pray has been proposed for the 2017 AAPG ACE meeting. For more information, contact Rick Sarg or Bill Morgan.
2. Carbonate Hot Topics: Carbonate Hot Topics: This year's program included one topic with perspectives provided from two speakers. The primary topic is ocean anoxic events in carbonate stratigraphy with an industry perspective provided by Dr. Robert Fornker, and an academic perspective provided by Dr. Charles Kerans. Each topic was introduced by the moderator(s) and then there was time for fruitful discussions and debates for each.
      a. Thoughts on OAE research directions for carbonate geologists: an industry perspective – Rob Forkner
      b. Always Learning! Importance of non-uniformitarian event signals in the stratigraphic record, examples from OAE’s and complex climate forcing – Charles Kerans
3. Student Research Posters:
      a. 15 M.S. and Ph.D. students presented research posters (see postcard for listings).
      b. Each student poster presenter also introduced himself or herself with 1 PowerPoint slide at the beginning of the meeting to help the audience associate faces with names and labs.
      c. Other students (not presenting) were also highlighted as part of the meeting introductions.
      d. Repsol in conjuction with Aurelien Pierre and Jean Hsieh provided prizes to all student poster presenters: Repsol pens, and Calgary, Alberta bottle openers.
      e. Submission Instructions Included in Email Announcement: “Students, please email your name, school, advisor, and poster title to XXX if you are interested in presenting. Posters can be works in progress or a panel from the general AAPG program from B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. projects at any stage of your degree. This is a great opportunity for feedback! Size is limited to ONE PANEL. Students should also prepare one slide with the corresponding poster information that will be displayed during the introduction of the poster presenters. Students must print and bring their posters to the event on Monday, June 20. Please arrive early (by 7:00pm to set-up your poster).”
4. Student Photo Contest:
      a. 6 students submitted photos for the photo contest.
      b. SEPM provided 3 $50 gift cards to the SEPM booth to the first, second, and third place winners. Winners were determined by votes submitted by attendees.
            a. 2016 Photo Contest Winners:
                  i. Yaser Alzayer, University of Texas
                  ii. Max Tenaglia, CSL – University of Miami
                  iii. Beth Vanden Berg, Oklahoma State University
      c. The University of Texas, Austin paid for the printing of the photos and students got to keep their matted printed photos.
      d. Submission Instructions Included in Email Announcement: “Students, please email ONE digital photo depicting an aspect of your carbonate research or from a field trip you have attended. Please make sure your photo submission is of sufficient resolution to print and include a short caption with your submission.”

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