Field Trip on Hawaii and Kauai


Field Trip on Hawaii and Kauai
August 2 – 8, 2015

A Field Investigative Trip on the Islands of Hawaii and Kauai

Trip Organizers and Leaders:
Chuck Siemers-Blay, TEOK Investigations, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii; Mario V. Caputo, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University;

A Field Investigative Trip on the Islands of Hawaii and Kauai


Field Trip Theme:
Natural history of select sedimentary deposits of the Hawaiian archipelago emphasizing five million years of geological evolution from the Big Island of Hawaii to the island of Kauai. Among the sedimentologic features showcased are: the mountain plateau glacial deposits of Mauna Kea, and the genesis of Hawaiian beach and coastal eolian dune deposits derived from both terrestrial volcanogenic and marine biogenic sources.

Field trip registration fee – $980.00*, which includes: 6 nights lodging on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai, field lunches for 5 days, ground transportation for 5 days, guidebook, first-night reception dinner, last-night Hawaiian-style dinner, and a 3-year professional or student membership in the Pacific Section SEPM. Please complete all forms: Registration, PS-SEPM membership, and signed Release and Indemnity Agreement.

* also includes a reservation fee of $250, which is non-refundable should a participant cancel his or her registration after the May 15, 2015 deadline. The total $980 registration fee will be refunded should the field trip be cancelled.

RESERVATIONS for a roundtrip flight to Hilo, Hawaii from the mainland and back to the mainland from Lihue, Kauai, plus an inter-island flight from Hilo to Lihue should be made BEFORE May 31, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE that all airfares ARE SEPARATE, additional costs, and are not included in the field trip registration fee.

STUDENTS, please contact Mario Caputo directly (909-579-0573 or about financial support to partly defray field trip expenses.

For further information and for those folks desiring rooms for single occupancy or rooms for more than 2 people should contact Chuck Siemers-Blay directly (808-742-8305 or


Field Trip Limit: 27 participants (not including field trip leaders and video producer)


Announcement and Invitation – Hawaii 2015 (PDF)

PS-SEPM Sponsored Session at the Oxnard, CA, meeting (May 3-5, 2015)

“Current Advances in Applied Paleontology”

The joint meeting of the Pacific Sections of SEPM, AAPG, and SEG in Oxnard, California (May 3-5, 2015) offers a unique opportunity for experts from various disciplines to get together and discuss the current state of “Applied Paleontology.”  This topic includes mitigation of fossils as a cultural resource, use of fossils in biostratigraphy for industry, curation, the fossil market, and other applied fields.  Talks are encouraged from all aspects of applied paleontology.  Information on the meeting and to submit an abstract, please go to

Cal Poly Pomona Faculty Position Announcement



The Geological Sciences Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track appointment beginning September 2015. Applicants must hold a PhD in Geology or a related field by August 2015. The ideal candidate will have teaching and research interests that link shallow lithosphere sedimentary processes with specialized fields such as Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Earth History, Global Environmental Change, Critical Zone Science, Energy Resources, Basin Analysis, Marine Geology. We seek a versatile faculty member to teach Sedimentary Geology and Earth Time and Life, and contribute to instruction of courses such as Blue Planet, Petroleum Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Coastal Processes, Geotectonics, GIS Applications and our popular Field Modules that utilize modern digital mapping tools and instrumentation. The successful candidate is expected to ensure that our curriculum in their specialty area remains current, engage students in research and supervise MS and Senior theses. He/she should have experience with field studies and data collection using modern instrumentation. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated success with external funding, established ties to research institutions, petroleum industry or government agencies and interest in developing intradepartmental and cross-campus collaborations. Applicants must submit a signed application form (see, letter of interest, CV, statement of teaching and research interests, and contact information for five professional references. A campus interview, three formal reference letters and official confirmation of degree transcripts are required of all finalists. Initial screening begins January 7, 2015. Mail application materials to Search Committee Chair, Geological Sciences Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA 91768.  Cal Poly Pomona is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Full Position Description:

Cal Poly Pomona 2014 Ad

2015 Pacific Section-AAPG • Pacific Section-SEPM • Pacific Coast Section-SEG Annual Meeting announceme​nt

Catch the Energy Wave!!

At the 2015 Pacific Section Convention

Plan on making the trip to the Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort Embassy Suites, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, CA 93035
May 2-6, 2015 
Pacific Section-AAPG • Pacific Section-SEPM • Pacific Coast Section-SEG
Hosted by the Coast Geological Society
Pacific Section Convention Call for Abstracts
The Pacific Section AAPG/PS-SEPM/PCS-SEG invite your submittals for oral and poster presentations at We plan a
broadly themed, high-quality technical program highlighting the geosciences’ role
in resource applications and environmental stewardship. Sessions will include:
- California Reservoirs: Exploration to EOR
- Monterey Formation Challenges
- Clastic Sediments: Stratigraphy, Environments, and Source-to-Sink
- Structural Geology, Faults, and Earthquakes
- Advances in Seismic Imaging and Applications
- Integrating Petrophysics and Geoscience
- Alternative Energy
- Water Resources: Geoscience Applications
- The New World: Navigating the Politics and Ever-Changing Regulations
- Other sessions to be announced
  • Abstracts should cover the objectives, procedures, results and conclusions of the research. Limit to no more than 2,500 characters including spaces and punctuations. The title, authors, and affiliations are not included in the character limit.
  • Evaluation and ranking of abstracts is based on relevance and timeliness of subject matter; usefulness of contribution to the advancement of knowledge, techniques or practice; and overall clarity, organization and presentation of ideas.
  • Titles are required — they should be brief and state the topic.
  • In keeping with the spirit of the convention, presenters must refrain from making subtle or blatant sales pitches including but not limited to: repeated use of product names, trade names or pictures, or repeated use of company logo. Logos are appropriate on title slides and summary/conclusion slides, but not on each slide of the presentation.
  • Student submissions are encouraged to all sessions.
  • Submit your abstract in the form in which you would like it published. Spellcheck is your friend, but will not catch everything. Have your abstracts proofread. Abstracts will not be edited.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in March 2015. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option to submit an extended version of their abstract which will then be reproduced on CD-ROM and made available at the convention. Some presentations may be published, with author’s permission, on the AAPG Search and Discovery website.
  • Final booth design will be announced in the poster kit and sent to all confirmed poster presenters prior to the start of the conference.
  • Important: Do not submit an abstract unless at least one author is certain to attend the convention. All session chairs, speakers and poster presenters must register to attend the convention. No exceptions will be made.
  • Oral Sessions: Single screen electronic presentations will be the only format available. Each session room is equipped with the following: High intensity projector, desktop computer, large format screen, speaker timer, laser pointer, lapel microphone and lectern microphone. Internet connections and dual screens will not be available. Detailed speaker information will be sent to you upon acceptance of your abstract.
  • Poster Sessions: Full-day poster sessions are planned. Presenters are required to be in their booths a minimum of two hours while their posters are on display. Detailed poster dimensions will be sent to you prior to the convention.
  • Submit: Abstracts for all sessions should be submitted at at by January19th, 2015. For any issues, contact

PS-SEPM – PS-AAPG – SEG Annual Awardees

The PS-SEPM 2014 Honorary Membership Award recipients were celebrated with a special ceremony at the Bakersfield conference. Bonnie Bloeser (Aera Energy), David Bottjer (USC) and Rick Behl (CSU-Long Beach) were each presented this award by their respective citationists (pictured herein; refer also to Spring 2014 PS-SEPM Newsletter for full citations). CONGRATULATIONS AND MANY THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!!!
Additionally, Bonnie Bloeser (past-President 2011 – 2012 and past-Treasurer) was presented with a Special Service Award by the PS-SEPM Executive Committee, Bonnie was presented with a special plaque, and also a collection of fine Bordeaux and California wines, which she graciously shared with her fellow awardees, PS-SEPM ExCom members, her husband Harold, and other attendees lf the ceremony. Thank you again Bonnie for your dedicated service to our organization!

Honorary Membership Award Recipient Bonnie Bloeser (PS-SEPM Past President and past Treasurer) with her citationist Tony Murer (middle) (both with Aera Energy) and PS-SEPM 2012 - 2014 President Tom Anderson (UNR - Reno). (Photo: Noel Velasco, Aera Energy)

Honorary Membership Award Recipient Bonnie Bloeser (PS-SEPM Past President and past Treasurer) with her citationist Tony Murer (middle) (both with Aera Energy) and PS-SEPM 2012 – 2014 President Tom Anderson (UNR – Reno). (Photo: Noel Velasco, Aera Energy)


Honorary Membership Award Recipient Dave Bottjer (USC) with his citationist Adam Woods (CSU-Fullerton, PS-SEPM Treasurer). (Photo: Tom Anderson)

Honorary Membership Award Recipient Dave Bottjer (USC) with his citationist Adam Woods (CSU-Fullerton, PS-SEPM Treasurer). (Photo: Tom Anderson)


Honorary Membership Award Recipient Rick Behl (CSU-Long Beach, PS-SEPM Past President) with his citationist Tom Anderson. (Photo: Mario Caputo)

Honorary Membership Award Recipient Rick Behl (CSU-Long Beach, PS-SEPM Past President) with his citationist Tom Anderson. (Photo: Mario Caputo)


2014 Honorary Membership Awardees ( L to R), Rick Behl, Bonnie Bloeser and Dave Bottjer; (photo: Mario Caputo)

2014 Honorary Membership Awardees ( L to R), Rick Behl, Bonnie Bloeser and Dave Bottjer; (photo: Mario Caputo)


Bonnie Bloeser receives Special Recognition Award for her dedicated service to PS-SEPM; with PS-SEPM Managing Editor, Publications Manager and former Secretary Mario Caputo (CSU - San Diego). (Photo: Noel Velasco, Aera Energy).

Bonnie Bloeser receives Special Recognition Award for her dedicated service to PS-SEPM; with PS-SEPM Managing Editor, Publications Manager and former Secretary Mario Caputo (CSU – San Diego). (Photo: Noel Velasco, Aera Energy).

A separate Graduate Research Poster Session was held, which the PS-SEPM Executive Committee judged for the presentation of our annual John Cooper Memorial Award.
The winner and recipient of the Cooper Award was Chris Bowie of CSU-Fresno, a student of PS-SEPM ExCom member and 2013 Vice President Mara Brady, for his presentation on Devonian mid-continent stratigraphic discontinuities. A plaque and cash award were presented. CONGRATULATIONS Chris.

2014 Pacific Section SEPM Fall Field Trip


November 8-9, 2014


This year’s Pacific Section SEPM Fall Field trip will look at an excellently exposed section of the Meso-Neoproterozoic Pahrump Group (pre-Cryogenian Crystal Spring, Horse Thief Springs and Beck Spring Formation, Cryogenian Kingston Peak Formation and Ediacaran Noonday and Ibex Formations) in the Silurian Hills, as well as newly-described Miocene rock avalanche megabreccias in the northern Salt Spring Hills, with the goal of understanding the challenges of how to fit the deposits into a broader basin analysis context. Detailed correlations with regions outside the Mojave are challenged by complex faulting, magmatic overprinting, and a poor understanding of original basin geometry.

The Silurian Hills and Salt Spring Hills are found at the northern border of the Mojave Desert, at the eastern terminus of the Garlock Fault and south of Death Valley. During the Meso-NeoProterozoic, this region shifted from one of intracratonic platform to the leading edge of a new passive continental margin (Laurentia, formed from rifting of the older Rodinian supercontinent) .

North and northeast of the Silurian and Salt Spring Hills, , Neogene extension has exposed large swaths of time-correlative Proterozoic strata in such well-studied locales as the Panamint Range, Saddle Peak Hills, Kingston Range, and Alexander Hills. To the east lies the Shadow Valley, the location of spectacular Neogene extensional basins with thick sedimentary deposits, including enormous megabreccia sheets representing far- traveled rock avalanches. South and southeast, significant exposures of Mesoproterozoic (and rare Paleoproterozoic) basement complexes of the Mojave Province are found in low relief hills. Recent crustal thinning in the area enabled extensive basaltic volcanism and young cinder cones and flows found throughout the area. Directly south and west of the area, late Permian through Cretaceous granitoids formed during the arc magmatism which obliterated the older rock record, although greenschist-grade windows of metasediments are preserved.

In contrast to the extensive normal-faulting within the Basin and Range province, the Mojave Desert is dominated by strike-slip faults and lateral translations which make direct correlations difficult. Similarly, understanding the geologic setting during major Miocene unroofing and extension is challenged by lateral translation, magmatism and uplift, and lack of appreciation for long run-out rock avalanches. . The Salt Spring Hills are the westernmost expression of the megabreccia deposits well-described from the nearby Shadow Valley area and Valjean Hills.

PS-SEPM Fall Field Trip 2014 Announcement (PDF)

PS SEPM activities at 2014 PSAAPG-PSS​EPM-PCSSEG Annual Meeting

The PSAAPG-PSSEPM-PCSSEG Annual Meeting in Bakersfield is rapidly approaching.

Here is an overview of PSSEPM’s technical activities

Field Trips:

FT 1 – Depositional Environments of Oligocene and Miocene Rocks of the Cuyama Basin: A Trip in Commemoration of Dr. Gene Fritsche

Join us for a day in the field to commemorate the life of Gene Fritsche. The Cuyama Basin was a favorite area for Gene and was the site of his PhD dissertation research as well as the location for several of his students’ MS projects. Our trip will focus on the mid-Tertiary transgression that is so prominent in many of California’s coastal basins. Outcrops we plan to examine include the Simmler, Vaqueros, Monterey and Branch Canyon Formations. We’ll discuss sedimentary structures and their depositional significance. We will view outcrops on hikes of moderate difficulty and that are up to 2 miles in length.

FT 3 – Westside Turbidite Systems

Turbidite sandstones are one of the more important reservoir types of the San Joaquin Valley oil province, and for more than a hundred years turbidites have contributed to a significant amount of the production coming from fields in the southern San Joaquin. The westside of the basin provides a unique setting where it is possible to study turbidite outcrops that are located in some cases less than two miles from the very fields where these same rocks produce. This field trip will visit some of the classic westside turbidite outcrops and will include examples from the Miocene Stevens and Carneros sandstones, and the Eocene Point of Rocks. Excellent exposures that include some of the type areas for these units will provide us with opportunities to review terminology, identification, and the mechanics of deposition, and to discuss depositional models, provenance and some of the controversies surrounding these fascinating rocks. The field trip will include a lunch stop at some historic oil seeps and tar pit workings that have been known and exploited since the days of the pioneers.

Short Courses:

SC 3 – Sequence Stratigraphy for Students

This two day short course, for students only, provides a historical perspective on the development of stratigraphy in general and focuses on the development of sequence stratigraphy in particular. Sequence stratigraphy is a methodology that uses stratal surfaces to subdivide the stratigraphic record. This methodology allows the identification of coeval facies, documents the timetransgressive nature of classic lithostratigraphic units, and provides geoscientists with an additional way to analyze and subdivide the stratigraphic record. We provide a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises utilizing datasets that were instrumental in formulating concepts of sequence stratigraphy.

SC 5 – San Joaquin Siliciclastic Reservoirs Core Workshop

In this interactive workshop, cores from several different formations encountered in San Joaquin basin oilfields will be presented and discussed. These discussions will focus on facies and reservoir quality signatures, in the context of clastic depositional systems analysis. Logs will be provided, in order to calibrate facies and vertical profiles to downhole data. This workshop will take place at CoreLab in Bakersfield.

Technical Sessions:

Special Session: Fine-Grained Biosiliceous Rocks; the Monterey and Beyond – Chico Martinez

Session No. 8 – Cenozoic Geologic History of Southern California – Dedicated to the Memory of A. Eugene Fritsche

SEPM Reception – Follows the special session

Download PDF Convention Information Booklet