Research Groups

SEPM Carbonate Research Group

Annual Meeting Report


Date: Monday, April 7, 2014, 7-10 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston


Report by: Kelly L. Jackson

CSL – Center for Carbonate Research, University of Miami


The 2014 CRG Organizers

Kelly Jackson, University of Miami,

Kristin Bergmann, Harvard University,

Kelly Hillbun, University of Washington,

Beth Vanden Berg, Oklahoma State University, 



This year’s SEPM Carbonate Research Group met during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, Texas, on Monday, April 7, from 7-11 PM at the Hyatt Regency Houston. 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 150 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 200-250 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.    19th International Sedimentological Congress, August 18-22, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland: Abstracts DUE April 30, refer to for more information.

b.    Advances in Characterization and Modeling of Complex Carbonate Reservoirs, In Memory of Dr. Eric Mountjoy, An SEPM-CSPG co-sponsored Carbonate Research Meeting, August 24-29, 2015, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. For more information, contact Alex MacNeil (

c.    15th Bathurst Meeting of Carbonate Sedimentologists, University of Edinburgh, UK, July 13-16, 2015. For more information, contact Rachel Wood (


2.    Carbonate Hot Topics: Topics were introduced and there was time for fruitful discussions and debates.

a.    "Orbital cycles that aren't" - led by Gregor Eberli

b.    "Microbial dolomite that isn't" - led by Hans Machel and Jay Gregg

3.    Student Research Posters:

a.    19 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) also introduced themselves.

d.    Chevron provided prizes to all student poster presenters: Chevron pens, geologic timescales, flashlights.

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, April 7. Please arrive early (between 6:30-6:45 to set-up your poster).”


4.    Student Photo Contest:

a.    10 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.    2014 Photo Contest Winners:

                                                          i.    Brandon Harper, Rice University

                                                        ii.    Jan Norbisrath*, CSL – University of Miami

                                                       iii.    Sebastien Blanchard*, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

**Jan and Sebastien tied for second place

c.    SEPM 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 11"x14" 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. We will provide FREE printing for the first 20 submissions. Photos will be displayed and voting will take place during the SEPM CRG meeting on April 7. Winners will receive prizes!”

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