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Meeting location

Unless otherwise specified, the meeting will be occurring in the ISTB4 building on the ASU campus. Getting from the hotels to the meeting location (ISTB4): Moxy to ISTB4 or Graduate to ISTB4

Thursday, January 4 - Field trip and workshop

Field trip: CURRENTLY FULL. Proterozoic Construction of Continental Crust, Extreme Cenozoic Crustal Extension, and Great Mexican Food. (Led by Stephen Reynolds and Julia Johnson, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU). Start time 8:00 am. Limit 50. Must be registered.

  • The morning focuses on Proterozoic rocks and structures that record the progressive construction of the continent, featuring a transect from oceanic crust through continental quartzite, as exposed in a one-mile hike along a maintained trail in the Phoenix Mountains. The afternoon stops showcase the extension-related, ductile-to-brittle evolution of the South Mountains metamorphic core-complex with mylonitic fabrics and psuedotachylyte. In between, we have lunch at an historic Mexican restaurant that is among the best in Arizona. If time permits, an additional afternoon stop in Papago Park will visit tectonically generated sedimentary rocks related to core-complex extension.
  • We will depart promptly at 8:00 am from the Parking Lot on the south side of ISTB4. Please eat breakfast before hand, and please arrive by 7:45 so that we can depart on time. We plan to return by 5 pm.
  • Field trip handout PDFs by Reynolds and Johnson: GEOLOGIC FIELD GUIDE TO THE PHOENIX AND SOUTH MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL ARIZONA and GEOLOGIC FIELD GUIDE TO THE SOUTH MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL ARIZONA
  • Nice blog entry by Callan Bentley at Mountain Beltway

Workshop: Geometric statistics for geologic data (Josh Davis and Sarah Titus, Carleton College).

  • All day: Researchers in structure and tectonics encounter three main geometric data types: directions, orientations, and ellipsoids. Although some methods of directional statistics are common, others are underused, and orientation and ellipsoid statistics are almost never employed. This workshop illustrates key concepts and techniques for all three data types, using a variety of geologic data sets, through a sequence of friendly tutorials in the R statistical software system. (Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers. In the days before the workshop, we will send instructions for installing some free software.)
  • Start time 9:00 am in ISTB4 room 296. Note: you must be pre-registered for the workshop in order to participate.

Evening activity: Poster introductions and Icebreaker -- Graduate Hotel Hayden Ballroom. Start time 5:30-7:30pm (Poster introductions start about 6 pm!); dinner on your own


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Friday, January 5 - Plenary session 1, field trip, and workshops

Plenary session: Effective teaching structural geology and tectonics (Organizers: Rick Allmendinger--Cornell and Pete Lippert--Utah). Morning session, 8 am to 11:30 am; Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4 first floor
8:00-8:15 AM: Introduction & Welcome to Workshop - Kim Blisniuk & Ramon Arrowsmith

8:15-8:45 AM: Talk 1 (20 min + 10 min questions) - David Pollard (Stanford) - Effective Teaching of Structural Geology & Tectonics: What to Teach?Pollard web site including links to textbooks
8:45-9:15 AM: Talk 2 (20 min + 10 min questions) - Christie Rowe (McGill) - Structural Concepts in an Introductory Field Geology Course
Discussion 20 min
9:30 AM: Break 30 min – ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet
10:00-10:30 AM: Talk 3 (20 min + 10 min questions) - Phil Resor (Wesleyan) - Using Societally Relevant Problems to Engage Students in Structural Geology
10:30-11:00 AM: Talk 3 (20 min + 10 min questions) - Jacqueline Reber (Iowa State University) - Teaching with Analog Experiments - Millions of Years in Minutes link to exercise documentation
Food Rheology lab
Laboratory Exercise: What Controls Rheology?
Allmendinger online lab manual
11:00 Discussion 20 min

Lunch provided and Posters--ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet

Field trip: Overview of Phoenix Basin (Ramón Arrowsmith, ASU).

  • These afternoon stops showcase the extension-related, ductile-to-brittle evolution of the South Mountains metamorphic core-complex with mylonitic fabrics and psuedotachylyte with an overview of the Valley of the Sun and review of regional geologic history.
  • We will depart promptly at 1:00 pm from the Parking Lot on the south side of ISTB4. Please eat lunch before hand, and please arrive by 12:45 so that we can depart on time. We will return around 5 pm

Workshop: Build your own rock deformation apparatus: Experimental rock deformation (Phil Skemer, Washington University in St. Louis).

  • Participants will assemble their own PRADA (Portable Rock Analog Deformation Apparatus) and learn the theory and practical elements of rock deformation experimentation. Ten faculty who commit to using the PRADA apparatus as part of their undergraduate teaching will be given the apparatus to take back to their home institution. For more information, please see: https://espm.wustl.edu/prada/
  • Start time 1 pm in Bateman Physical Sciences H460. Note: you must be pre-registered for the workshop in order to participate.

Workshop: Opportunities to share best practices for Teaching Structural Geology and Tectonics labs (Rick Allmendinger–Cornell and Kim Blisniuk–SJSU).

5:30 pm: Late breaking optional activity! 3D show in the Marston Theater

Evening activity: Group dinner and after dinner presentation: Future Directions in Structural Geology and Tectonics (Kate Huntington, Washington). ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet. Start time 6 pm.

Huntington, K.W., and Klepeis, K.A., with 66 community contributors, 2018, Challenges and opportunities for research in tectonics: Understanding deformation and the processes that link Earth systems, from geologic time to human time. A community vision document submitted to the U.S. National Science Foundation. University of Washington, 84 pp., https://doi.org/10.6069/H52R3PQ5

Note: All figures will be made available for community use in presentations and teaching with attribution (see Figure Credits in back matter).


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Saturday, January 6 - Plenary session 2 and workshops

Plenary session: Shear zones (Organizers: Daniel Lao Davila--Oklahoma State, Elisabeth Nadin--Alaska, and Sarah Roeske--UC Davis). Morning session, 8 am to 11:30 am; Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4 first floor

8:00-8:10 AM: Announcements
8:10-8:40 AM: Alexandra Hatem--USC: Strain localization and evolving kinematic efficiency of initiating strike-slip faults within wet kaolin experiments: Results and applications
Deformational Sandbox in the Classroom from M. Cooke (UMass)
UMass Claybox Experiments youtube channel
8:40-9:10 AM: Johanna Nevitt--USGS: Mechanics of near-surface fault slip and distributed deformation
9:10-9:30 AM: Discussion
9:30-9:45: Break – ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet
9:45-10:15: Michael Prior–Colorado State University: Exhumation and Displacement along Extensional Detachments in the Colorado River Extensional Corridor
10:15-10:45: Raphael Gottardi–University of Louisiana Lafayette:Tectonic evolution of the Coyote Mountains Metamorphic Core Complex (AZ)
10:45-11:15: Cameron Hughes–Univ. Tennessee: Spatial variation in strain localization along the Cordillera Blanca Shear Zone (CBSZ), Peru
11:15-11:30: Discussion

Undergraduate Structural Geology Content Survey--please help out to share your ideas
Results

Steve Reynolds Structural Geology course What-to-know list and Steve Reynolds Structural Geology course portfolio example

Lunch provided and Posters--ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet

Workshop: Structure from Motion: a transformative 3D capability for structural geology and tectonics (Chris Crosby--UNAVCO and Ramon Arrowsmith--ASU).

  • Structure from Motion (photogrammetry) enables the production of 3D textured models of landscapes, outcrops, and samples using photography from the ground or the air. It has been transformative in enabling structural geologists and tectonicists to document at fine scale the shape of features of interest. This session will provide and introduction to the basic theory and best practices. Participants should bring their own laptops if possible with Agisoft Photoscan Professional (DEMO version) installed.
  • Start time 1 pm am in ISTB4room 240. Note: you must be pre-registered for the workshop in order to participate.
  • Workshop pages at OpenTopography

Workshop: Google Earth for On-Site and Distance Education (Steve Whitmeyer, James Madision and Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College).

  • Google Earth for On-Site and Distance Education (GEODE) is an NSF-funded initiative to develop the next generation of digital geology teaching resources. This workshop will introduce participants to plate tectonic reconstructions, digital planets, the fold analysis challenge, EarthQuiz, "Reasons for the Seasons, A Grand Tour of the Ocean Basins, and virtual samples and outcrops (construction, access, and utilization in virtual field experiences) via GigaPan and 3D models. Participants should bring their laptop or other digital device to the workshop.
  • Start time 1 pm in ISTB4room 296. Note: you must be pre-registered for the workshop in order to participate.
  • Download workshop materials (zip file)

Evening activity: Early career mentoring round table; others free. Early Career Roundtable Discussion Example Topics

  • Student and Early Career Mentoring social will provide an opportunity for open discussion of early academic life: the challenges and rewards. The "social" round table will an opportunity for students and early career professionals to ask questions and seek advance from more senior faculty and professionals. The social will be fun so please join us! (Linda Reinen--Pomona College and Kim Blisniuk--San Jose State with help from Allison Severson--Colorado School of Mines)
  • Start time 6 pm location Pedal Haus in Tempe.
  • Map to get from ISTB4 to Pedal Haus

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Sunday, January 7 - Plenary session 3 and workshops

Plenary session: Tectonics of Western North America: What's new? (Organizers: Amanda Hughes--Arizona and Barbara Carrapa--Arizona). Morning session, 8 am to 11:30 am; Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4 first floor
8:05-8:30 AM: Sean Long--Washington State University: New perspectives on the construction and extensional collapse of the Nevadaplano: A summary of recent progress
8:30-8:55 AM: Adolph Yonkee--Weber State University: Exploring the Sevier and Laramide belts: Integrating structural, paleomagnetic, and petrologic studies to test orogenic models
8:55-9:20 AM: Mike Wells--University of Nevada-Las Vegas: Episodic Late Jurassic and middle Cretaceous shortening in the southern Sevier fold-and-thrust belt: Wheeler Pass to Wilson Cliffs (Keystone) thrusts
10 minutes: discussion
9:30 AM: Break – ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet
10:00-10:25 AM: Alexis Ault--Utah State University: Record of seismic and aseismic deformation in exhumed western North America fault damage zones: insights from hematite microtextures and fault rock thermochronometry
10:25-10:50 AM: Joann Stock--Caltech: What's new south of the San Andreas fault? Active Tectonics, Buried Basins, and Magmatism
10:50-11:15 AM: Kimberly Blisniuk--San Jose State University: Re-evaluating fault zone evolution, geometry, and slip rate along the restraining bend of the southern San Andreas Fault Zone
15 minute discussion

Report back from Undergraduate Structural Geology Content Survey
Report back from Quantitative teaching in Undergraduate Structural Geology Survey

Lunch provided and Posters--ISTB4 3rd Floor Crater Carpet

Workshop: Review and demonstration of available geodetic imaging resources - OpenTopography, NCALM, UNAVCO + teaching curricula developed for GETSI (Phil Resor-Wesleyan; Chris Crosby and Beth Pratt-Situala--UNAVCO).

END OF FORUM


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Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9 - post-Forum field trip

Optional Field trip: Southern San Andreas Fault (Kim Blisniuk, SJSU and Julie Fosdick, UConn). Limit 20; start time 8:00 am.

  • Logistics:
    • Pick up at 8 am at the Graduate Hotel and then 8:15 am at the Moxy Hotel
    • Boxed lunch both days will be provided; please bring water
    • Stay overnight in Palm Springs Motel 6
    • Drop offs at Palm Springs airport and then return to Phoenix Tuesday late afternoon/early evening
    • Might be a bit wet: Palm Springs weather
  • This field trip will examine the spectacular tectonic geomorphology of the southern San Andreas Fault in the northern Coachella Valley to the San Gorgonio Pass and northward through the Eastern Tranverse Ranges. We will examine the recent kinematic evolution and modern state of strain transfer of the Southern San Andreas Fault system between the northern Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass.
  • Day 1 will include visiting the Mission Creek fault strand of the southern San Andreas fault in the Indio Hills at Pushwalla Canyon where tectonic geomorphic signatures of compressional deformation along a right-lateral strike slip fault, has produced uplift, tilting, and several generations of offset channels and associated landforms like shutter ridges.
  • Day 2 will include a longer hike and examine evidence for continued strike slip deformation into the San Gorgonio Pass and San Bernardino Mountains. The field trip will present new multi-proxy data from sedimentary provenance data to provide an alternative interpretation of the late –to–mid Quaternary evolution, geometry, and slip rate of the southern San Andreas Fault.
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