Research Symposium

2019 SEPM Annual Meeting and SEPM Research Symposium

San Antonio, Texas

SEPM is glad to announce their full-day Research Symposium titled “A look into the future of energy and sustainability using the sedimentary record” during the annual meeting of SEPM (the Society for Sedimentary Geology, in conjunction with the AAPG ACE Meeting) in San Antonio, Texas, May 19‒22, 2019.

The world faces significant challenges in energy resources and sustainability, including securing petroleum resources, accessing clean water for human consumption, managing land and oceans, and mitigating the impact of rising temperatures during the 21st century. Living in a sustainable world requires a societal and ecologic balance, one that demands no more of the environment than it can sustain over the long term. Geoscientists are uniquely qualified to address these challenges given their multi-disciplinary training in the study of Earth’s systems and processes over a range of time scales. Moreover, sedimentary geoscientists, who study the short-term to deep-time processes of the stratigraphic record of Earth history, have long contributed to understanding Earth-surface and biologic response to environmental change. This cumulative knowledge positions sedimentary geoscientists as important contributors to our future, from exploration and delivery of natural resources to mitigating effects of changing climate.

Our goal for the 2019 Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) Symposium is to bring together a diverse group of dynamic sedimentary geoscientists, some of who may not consider themselves sedimentary geologists sensu stricto, to present forward-looking research addressing the role of sedimentary geoscience in challenges in energy resources and sustainability. For example, a paleoceanographer might provide insights into ocean anoxic events, with implications for sedimentary basin analysis and petroleum systems, and/or an organic geochemist might share novel techniques in their work to improve understanding of the paleohydrologic and sedimentologic response to global climate-change events, such as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. The Symposium will include a traditional oral session (Invited Keynote speakers), a Presenting Interactive COntent (PICO) session in which authors share their work in two-minute oral presentations, followed by presentations on screens and/or traditional posters, and a traditional poster session.

Abstract submission deadline is October 11, 2018.

Additional information about the symposium (Theme 11) can be found here: