SEPM Carbonate Research Group

Annual Meeting Report

Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2017 7-10PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom A

Report by: Andrea Nolting
University of Texas at Austin—Jackson School of Geosciences

The 2017 CRG Organizers
Max Tenaglia,
Cody Miller,
Andrea Nolting,
Xiaowei Li,

   This year’s SEPM Carbonate Research Group met during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston Texas on Monday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballroom A. 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 150-200 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. Deena Smith, NSF SGP made an announcement regarding NSF research grants available, and publishing opportunities. She also put forth the idea that NSF was a rotational spot available for a researcher and would love a carbonate stratigrapher to participate if possible
            b. Mitch Harris announcing the Mountjoy Conference in Austin and the date for open enrollment for attendees.

      2. Carbonate Hot Topics: Carbonate Hot Topics: This year's program included one topic with perspectives provided from two speakers. This year we petitioned speakers/ideas from the carbonate research group list serv. and Peter Swart from the University of Miami and Lizzy Trower from Cal Tech.
            a. Throwing the baby out with the bath water: all isotope signature are diagenetic—Peter Swart
            b. Ooid size reflects dynamic equilibrium between precipitation and abrasion—Lizzy Trower

      3. Student Research Posters:
            a. 15 M.S. and Ph.D. students presented research posters (see postcard/Powerpoint presentations 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. SEPM provided prizes to all student poster presenters: car chargers and note pads
            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. 5 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. Kelly Hattori, University of Texas
                        ii. Nick Ettinger, University of Texas
                        iii. Ahmed El Belasy, Oklahoma State

            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.”
CRG wants to thank these sponsors for their donations!

Questions? Please contact one of the organizers (listed above) or Hayley Cooney at SEPM headquarters:

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