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Garrison Monterey Research Conference

2018 Garrison Monterey Research Conference

Four decades of research on the Monterey Formation and Neogene marine units

Meeting venue:

         175 W Cliff Dr. 
         Santa Cruz, CA   
         Conference Dates: May 8th & 9th
Registration Opening Soon!


2018 marks 35 years since the keystone SEPM Special Volume " The Monterey Formation and related siliceous rocks of California, Volume 15, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Pacific Section, Special Publication." Robert Garrison was one of the editors and main authors. The volume included ground-breaking papers written by some of the most influential geologists of the time like Bob, Jim Ingle, Steve Graham an others. Their work is the basis for a modern 'paleoceanographic' approach to understanding the Monterey Formation and similar biosiliceous deposits, Miocene climate and the significance of biosiliceous upwelling sediments and phosphorites.


We also want to honor Bob Garrison because his life and career are an example for the science community of a combination of science at its highest-quality, altruism, and humanity. Bob has nurtured the careers of many US and European scientists as well as young scientists across the globe.


Sessions include:
Neogene Paleoceanography: the Monterey event; Miocene to recent evolution of global climate, oceans, and of upwelling regions
Biogeochemistry, fluid flow and hydrocarbons: microbial activity, diagenetic processes and evolution of rock properties in organic-rich sedimentary basins, modes and pathways of migration of hydrocarbon-rich fluids and their record in mineral precipitates and sediment alteration.
Upwelling margin evolution and tectonics; evolution of the California Margin and other active/transform upwelling basins.
Stratigraphy-sedimentology: sedimentation, authigenesis, and sediment transport in hemipelagic settings; Monterey Formation: modern and past analogues. 

Technical Program Committee Leaders
Ivano Aiello, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories; Christina Ravelo, UC Santa Cruz
Sponsorship is still available for this conference, please contact the conveners or sepm for details. 
Conference Field Trip Information

Stratigraphy, Diagenesis, and Structural Deformation of the Monterey Formation, along the Gold Coast, Central California

 Field Trip Contact: Richard Behl, California State University Long Beach

Tentative Pre-Meeting Field Trip Itinerary 

Saturday, May 5

Depart Santa Cruz at ~8 AM

Drive to Shell Beach (arrive about 11 AM)

Visit Monterey beach outcrops at Shell Beach (phosphatic-dolomitic-siliceous facies with highly condensed interval with good lateral exposure)

Pick up lunches at Depalo & Sons, Shell Beach

Eat lunch at beach or Laetitia Winery, Arroyo Grande

Drive 1 hour to Sweeney Road, Lompoc to examine roadcut exposures (opal-A to opal-CT transformation and compositional control of member-scale deformational styles)

Return to hotel

Sunday, May 6

Pick up lunches (possibly Central Coast Specialty Foods)

Drive 20 minutes to Gaviota Beach to examine beach outcrops (broad range of hemipelagic lithofacies and stratigraphic stacking patterns, slope gulley deposit, regional fracture set and injectites)

Eat lunch at Gaviota Beach

Drive 45 minutes to Arroyo Burro Beach to examine beach outcrops (mechanical stratigraphy, structural deformation and fluid flowin more siliceous lateral equivalent of phosphatic lithofacies at Gaviota Beach)

Return to hotel

Monday, May 7

Check out of hotel

Pick up lunches

Drive to Montana de Oro State Park (upper Monterey-equivalent siliceous succession with cyclic variation in bedding style and corresponding variation in fracture networks and faulting)

Montana de Oro beach platform and bluff-top overview

Return to Santa Cruz for evening


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