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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 Date: May 8th
Registration is now closed for this event.


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. 
Pre-Conference Field Trip Information (Registration is now CLOSED)
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
The 3-day field trip will visit spectacular and classic locations of the Monterey Formation along the central and southern California coast, but will present new insights from work accomplished in the past decade. The field trip will weave together sedimentology, stratigraphy, diagenesis and structural deformation into a complex, but wonderful tapestry. And all of this will be in some of the most beautiful parts of California. Come join us!
Thank you to our field trip and field guide sponsor! 

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