2022 GSA Sessions Endorsed by Paleo Society

There are 22 Topical Sessions at GSA Connects 2022 that are endorsed by the Paleo Society! Consider submitting your abstract(s) to these!

T102. Comings and Goings of Proterozoic Global Glaciations
Leaders: Bing Shen; Maoyan Zhu; and Xianguo Lang
Endorsers: Geochemical Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; Paleontological Society
Description: This session focuses on global glaciations and geology-geobiology in the Proterozoic.

T103. Cushman Foundation Symposium: Latest Advances on Foraminiferal Research: From Paleo-Sea-Level Reconstructions and Paleoecological Interpretations to Applications to Environmental Science. A Tribute to the Extraordinary Lives of John Haynes, John Murray, and David Scott.
Leaders: Lizette Leon-Rodriguez; Kenneth G. Miller; Scott Ishman; and Benjamin P. Horton
Endorsers: GSA Marine and Coastal Geoscience Division; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Research Institution; Paleontological Society
Description: The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research Symposium will showcase recent advances and applications of foraminifera to the understanding of sea-level fluctuations, ecological reconstructions, and environmental science.

T106. Insights from Microfossils and Their Modern Analogs: From Traditional and Emerging Approaches to Critical Re-Evaluations.
Leaders: Robert Poirier; and Chiara Borelli
Endorsers: Cushman Foundation; Paleontological Society; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Research Institution; GSA Marine and Coastal Geoscience Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology); GSA Limnogeology Division
Description: Assemblage- and proxy-based (i.e., geochemical) records derived from microfossils comprise two foundational pillars of paleoclimate research. We seek studies applying traditional and novel microfossil-based reconstructions, including those seeking to revisit old assumptions that may bias paleo-reconstructions.

T108. Oceans and Climates through Earth History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments (Posters).
Leaders: Megan Fung; and Miriam Katz
Endorsers: Cushman Foundation; Paleontological Society; Geochemical Society; Paleontological Research Institution; GSA Marine and Coastal Geoscience Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Description: This session brings together modelling, proxy, and proxy development studies to improve our understanding of rapid ocean and climate events, and shifts between long-term climate/ocean states, within the context of normal variability throughout earth

T110. Cambrian–Ordovician Faunas and Events: A Session in Honor of John F. Taylor and John E. Repetski.
Leaders: Paul Myrow; and Justin V. Strauss
Endorsers: Paleontological Society
Description: To honor John Taylor’s and John Repetski’s careers, we seek contributions that cover emerging concepts related to the evolution of fauna, biostratigraphy, and changes in environments, oceans, atmosphere, and paleogeography during the Cambrian and Ordovician.

T111. Cephalopods Present and Past: Evolution, Paleoecology, and Links to Paleoenvironmental Change.
Leaders: Jone Naujokaityte; Shannon Brophy; and Amane Tajika
Endorsers: Paleontological Research Institution; Paleontological Society
Description: This session will feature the latest research on fossil and modern cephalopods, including cephalopod paleobiology, evolution, and the use of cephalopods in paleoenvironmental reconstruction.

T112. Halo-Dash: The Deep and Shallow History of Aquatic Life’s Passages between Marine and Freshwater Habitats.
Leaders: Lisa Park Boush; Christine Hall; Eric Schultz; and Anthony Shillito
Endorsers: GSA Limnogeology Division; Paleontological Society
Description: This session will examine the historical pathways and conditions for taxa transitioning between marine and freshwater, catalyzing new interdisciplinary research directions on biotic exchanges between saline and fresh habitats and how they profoundly shaped life.

T113. Modeling Ecological Niches and Species Distributions in the Fossil Record: Approaches and Applications.
Leaders: Ceara Purcell; Rhiannon Nolan; and Ekaterina Larina
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Description: This session will feature the latest research on the application of ecological niche modeling and other quantitative ecological methods to test spatiotemporal hypotheses of Earth-life interactions and their relationship to macroevolutionary, macroecological, and biogeographic change.

T114. No Mistakes, Only Happy Accidents: Cutting-Edge Research That is Still in the Troubleshooting Stages.
Leaders: Amanda Godbold; Jeanette Pirlo; and Jood Al Aswad
Endorsers: Paleontological Society
Description: As scientists, we are always pushing the boundaries of our understanding. However, success does not come overnight. The goal of this session is to discuss cutting-edge research that is still in the troubleshooting stages.

T115. Punctuated Equilibrium: 50 Years Later.
Leaders: Donald Prothero; Linda Ivany; Patricia H. Kelley; Bruce S. Lieberman; and Margaret Yacobucci
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; Paleontological Research Institution; GSA History and Philosophy of Geology Division
Description: For the fiftieth anniversary of the original “punctuated equilibrium” paper by Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, this session will discuss the influence of one of the most cited ideas in the history of paleontology.

T116. Stratigraphic Paleobiology: Working with the Nature of the Stratigraphic Record to Address Paleobiological Questions.
Leaders: Annaka Clement; and Pedro Monarrez
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Description: This session will highlight recent research that addresses paleobiological questions within the context of the stratigraphic record. Approaches include, but are not limited to, the application of sequence stratigraphy, phylogenetics, sediment-basin modeling, and geochemistry.

T117. Conservation Paleobiology: Lessons from the Past, Guidance for the Future.
Leaders: Erin M. Dillon; Paul G. Harnik; and Nussaibah Raja schoob
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Geology and Society Division
Description: This session will focus on how near- and deep-time fossil records are used in contextualizing and mitigating the biotic impacts of anthropogenic change.

T118. Ecosystem Engineering through Earth History.
Leaders: Matthew Craffey; Alison Cribb; Reilly Hayes; Benjamin Muddiman; Sandra Schachat; and Katherine Turk
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; Society of Vertebrate Paleontology; Association for Women Geoscientists
Description: This session will showcase research across fields within the geosciences—including paleobiology, geochemistry, and geobiology—to facilitate further understanding of the role of ecosystem engineers on macroevolutionary and macroecological processes throughout earth history.

T119. Laws of the Grave: Advances in Taphonomy across the Paleontologic Record.
Leaders: Broc Kokesh; and Rachel Laker
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Description: This session emphasizes the interdisciplinary and ubiquitous nature of taphonomy for analysis of the fossil record. We welcome submissions focused on understanding taphonomic processes or its impacts across any paleontologic subdiscipline, taxon, or geologic era.

T121. Terrestrial Ecosystem Disturbance through Geologic Time.
Leaders: Christopher Schiller; and Allison Karp
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; American Quaternary Association; The Palynological Society; SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Description: From fire to floods to volcanism, disturbance has shaped terrestrial ecosystems through geologic time. We seek speakers exploring the role of ecological disturbance from the Quaternary back through the Phanerozoic and into the future.

T122. Exploring the Mechanisms of Morphologic Change.
Leaders: James Lamsdell; Sarah Sheffield; Jennifer E. Bauer; and Adriane R. Lam
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; Paleontological Research Institution; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division
Description: Paleontological studies provide unique perspectives in understanding what drives morphologic change. This session focuses on the mechanisms that drive, facilitate, or limit morphologic change. Topics include ecological transitions, developmental shifts, and alterations in evolutionary rate.

T123. Integrative Perspectives on Morphological Change: Shaping Our Understanding of the Fossil Record.
Leaders: Katherine Turk; Shamindri Tennakoon; Carmi Milagros Thompson; and Josh Zimmt
Endorsers: GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; Paleontological Society; Society of Vertebrate Paleontology; Association for Women Geoscientists; Paleontological Research Institution
Description: This session will bring together researchers from across taxonomic groups and geologic time periods to answer questions of morphology in novel and cross-disciplinary ways.

T124. Phylogenetic Approaches in Paleobiology and Paleoecology.
Leaders: William Gearty; and Katherine Jordan
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; Paleontological Research Institution; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Geoinformatics and Data Science Division
Description: This session highlights recent advances integrating phylogenetics with fossil data to address evolutionary and ecological questions through deep time. Topics include, but are not limited to, macroevolutionary trends, diversification dynamics, trait evolution, macroecology, and paleobiogeography.

T125. New Advances in Geobiology.
Leaders: Trinity Hamilton; Victoria A. Petryshyn; David Gold; Lydia Tackett; Rowan Martindale; Zoe Havlena; Alison Cribb; and Lucy Webb
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; GSA Soils and Soil Processes Division
Description: This session will focus on new research at the intersection between geologic and biologic processes with special emphasis on novel materials and methods, new field sites, and advances at the intersections of scientific fields.

T126. New Voices in Geobiology.
Leaders: Trinity Hamilton; Victoria A. Petryshyn; David Gold; Lydia Tackett; Rowan Martindale; Zoe Havlena; Lucy Webb; and Alison Cribb
Endorsers: GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division; Paleontological Society; GSA Soils and Soil Processes Division
Description: This session will bring together new research focusing on the interplay between geologic and biologic processes with a special emphasis on work by early-career scientists exploring new questions and hypotheses.

T147. From Field to Repository: Addressing Theoretical and Practical Issues in Paleontological Collecting and Collections.
Leaders: Sandra J. Carlson; Lee Cone; Jessica D. Cundiff; Talia S. Karim; Joshua Lively; Donald Mikulic; Stephanie Plaza-Torres; and Carmi Milagros Thompson
Endorsers: Paleontological Society; Paleontological Research Institution; Cushman Foundation; GSA Geology and Society Division
Description: This session focuses on successes and outstanding issues associated with fossil collections and collecting on private, federal, and tribal lands by professionals and amateur paleontologists; preserving physical and digital fossil data post-collection; and consistent, effective stewardship of fossils and repositories.

Future Leaders in Paleontology.
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The goal of the session is to showcase the outstanding work of our student members in a high-profile setting. The Society will limit the number of paleontological sessions running concurrently with this special session, in order to have a prominent platform for our student members. The Society invites all of its student members and recent graduates receiving a degree within the last year, particularly those nearing completion of their projects, to submit an abstract to GSA and fill out this Google Form. The session will bring together all types of paleontological research, spanning the full range of taxonomic groups, methods, and disciplines within our field.

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