SEPM Carbonate Research Group

Annual Meeting Report


Monday, May 21st, 2018 7-10PM


Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek Salon F


Report by:

The 2018 CRG Organizers:


This year's SEPM Carbonate Research Group met during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday night at the Salt Lake Marriott Salon F. The program this year included the following components:

  1. Carbonate Community Announcements
  2. In Memorium: Remembering Dr. Robert Ginsburg
  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. Andrea Fildani, speaking for the ISGC announced a meeting for 2020 in Flagstaff, AZ. This meeting will foster multidisciplinary and innovative approaches, and offer a robust field trip program.

2. In Memorium:

Remembering Dr. Robert Ginsburg: Gregor Eberli, Paul (Mitch) Harris, and Donald McNeill gave a presentation recognizing the enormous contributions to comparative sedimentology made by the late Dr. Ginsburg. This included his early years with the Shell Research Lab, his work founding the Comparative Sedimentology Lab at the University of Miami, the Bahamian Drilling Project, and his dedication to maintaining reef health later in his life. Noel James also spoke in memory of Dr. Ginsburg.

3. Student Research Posters:

a. 22 M.S. and Ph.D. students presented research posters (see postcard/Powerpoint presentations for listings).

b. It is our recommendation that we limit the future poster presenter numbers, and ensure that posters presented are unique to the CRG meeting.

c. 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.

d. Other students (not presenting) were also highlighted as part of the meeting introductions.

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, May 20. Please arrive early (by 7:00pm to set-up your poster).

4. Student Photo Contest:

a. 9 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.

c. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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.”

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