2017 Pacific Section SEPM Fall Field Trip

FALL FIELD TRIP, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 – 8, 2017

Jurassic World – Architecture of Ephemeral Streams, Eolian Dunes, and Marine Shoreline: Page Sandstone, Carmel Formation, and Navajo Sandstone, SW Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument & Paria Wilderness, Kane County, Utah

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Thomas B. Anderson
University of Nevada, Reno

Mario V. Caputo
San Diego State University

Field Trip Information

Participant Limit: 48 plus 2 field trip leaders; no exceptions as regulated by the Bureau of Land Management and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM)
Vehicles Recommended: High-clearance, 4-wheel drive, especially for Sunday’s part of the trip

Highlights: The theme of this year’s PS-SEPM fall field trip is “back-to-basics in sedimentology,” and will focus on eolian sedimentary architecture of two lithostratigraphic units: the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone at White House camp in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone along Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail in the Paria Canyon Wilderness. Two selected outcrop sites will be visited east of Kanab in Kane County, southwest Utah; one site for a full day on Saturday and a second site for a half day on Sunday. Field trippers -professionals and students- have options for paying registration fees that vary according to the number of nights attending and whether indoor lodging or camping is preferred. See next section on Fees. Registration and Release Forms, and location maps will be forthcoming.
The field-trip guidebook calls viewer’s attention to structural, geomorphic, and stratigraphic features seen along the paved route between Kanab, Utah and the two sites visited during the trip: White House camp and Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail, and gives further details on the nature and origin of mainly eolian sedimentary characteristics preserved in the Jurassic Page and Navajo Sandstones at the two field trip sites.
On Saturday everyone should meet in the parking circle by 9:00 a.m. at White House camp, located ~ 46 mi (~ 74 km) east of Kanab along federal route 89 and 2 mi (3.2 km) south of route 89 on a graded road. Views on short, easy hikes into shallow gullies and on rounded slickrock cliffs are of the best developed and exposed eolian stratification in the Page Sandstone in the Colorado Plateau Province. Depositional associations are: wadi (restricted sense: an ephemeral stream coursing through an eolian sand sea) facies in the Page Sandstone, and microbialite facies (?) in the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation.
On Sunday, everyone should assemble at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area across from the head of Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail; ~ 42 mi (~ 67 km) east of Kanab on route 89 and ~ 8 mi (~ 13 km) south of route 89 on House Rock Valley Road (a rugged, uneven graded road) for a ~ 1.5 mi (~ 2.0 km) walk along the trail to view a spectacular exposure of brittle and plastic deformation in eolian dune strata of possible seismic origin.


Lodging/Camping/Bunking Options:

Parry Lodge in Kanab. World famous for where a multitude of known actresses and actors
made their temporary home while filming westerns Utah in the early- to mid-1900s. It is least
costly and provides more amenities compared to other motels in Kanab. $109.80 per room per
night; single or double occupancy; includes buffet-style hot breakfast. Only 13 rooms
available on a first-come, first-served basis; pay with registration fees through PS-SEPM.
Copper Cloud Ranch (CCR) camping/sleeping. Located ~ 45 mi (~ 72 km) east of Kanab
and adjacent to Saturday’s field trip site. Open-field camping: $17.00 (includes 11.2%
tax)/person/night, includes shower; Bunkhouse sleeping: $39.00/person/night; includes
shower; sleeps 15. Pay with registration fees through PS-SEPM. Bring firewood, tents, cots, sleeping bags, towels, etc. Three (3) bathrooms & showers each for men and women.
White House camp (GSENM). Located ~ 48 mi (~ 77 km) east of Kanab and the site for
Saturday’s part of the field trip. Five (5) tent sites on a first-come, first served basis; chemical
toilets but no water; $5.00/site; pay on your own.
A listing of alternate motels in Kanab, Utah will be provided. Rates will vary.

Meals (per-person cost) (included in required professional and student registration fee):

Lunch, Saturday only: vegetarian or meat sandwiches, bag of chips, cookie, and beverage, plus snacks,
fruit, and water: $25.00
Saturday Night Dinner at Copper Cloud Ranch (formerly known as Paria Guest Ranch:
cowboy stew of beans, bacon, and sirloin (veggie-style will be available), corn bread, dessert,
water, lemonade, coffee, and tea: $27.00 (includes 7.95% tax)
Guidebook in color: $30.00 (included in required professional and student registration fee)

Professional (required). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00
Student (required). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 60.00
Friday & Saturday night option at Parry Lodge add . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$219.60
Saturday night only option at Parry Lodge add . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $109.80
Friday & Saturday night camping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 34.00
Saturday night only camping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 17.00
Friday & Saturday night Bunkhouse sleeping option at CCR add . . . . . . .$ 78.00
Saturday night only Bunkhouse sleeping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . .$ 39.00
PLEASE NOTE: Costs for other motels in Kanab, Utah and other camping are not included in above fee options.

PS-SEPM Fall Field Trip 2017 (PDF)


cogstone paleontology

Cogstone Resource Management Inc. seeks a Paleontologist to perform full range of paleontological tasks associated with mitigation work. Advancement potential commensurate with the applicant’s abilities and performance. Work is mostly in southern California and thus expertise in either Miocene marine fossils or Plio-Pleistocene fossils is most relevant.

Paleontologist 2015 (PDF)

Call for Nominations

This is a call for nominations for the following 2015 Pacific Section-SEPM student awards:

  1. Raymond V. Ingersoll Undergraduate Award

PS-SEPM is now accepting nominations for the Raymond V. Ingersoll undergraduate thesis award.  This award is for the best senior thesis in sedimentology/stratigraphy by an undergraduate student.  The award consists of $500, and award plaque, a PS-SEPM t-shirt, and a 1-year membership in PS-SEPM.

  1. John C. Crowell Graduate Award

PS-SEPM is now accepting nominations for the John C. Crowell graduate thesis award. This award is for the best graduate thesis or dissertation in sedimentology/stratigraphy.  The award consists of $500, and award plaque, a PS-SEPM t-shirt, and a 1-year membership in PS-SEPM.

The nomination process simple.  Please submit to Dan Sturmer (sturmer.dan@gmail.com):

  1. The completed nomination form (below), including justification for the nomination
  2. The thesis/dissertation abstract

Following evaluation by the awards committee, students with the top three thesis abstracts will be asked to submit their entire thesis for review.  Awards will be announced in fall 2015.

All nominations are due by Friday, May 15th.  Nominate a deserving student today!

Dan Sturmer
Awards Manager, PS-SEPM
Geologist, GoM Miocene Exploration Team
Shell Exploration and Production Company

Raymond V. Ingersoll Undergraduate Award Form (PDF)

John C. Crowell Graduate Award Form (PDF)

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; teok@aloha.net Mario V. Caputo, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University; mvcaputo@earthlink.net

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 mvcaputo@earthlink.net) 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 teok@aloha.net).


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 http://psaapg.org/2015-call-for-abstracts.

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 http://geology.csupomona.edu/ApplicationFormForAcademicEmployment.pdf), 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: http://geology.csupomona.edu/employment.htm.

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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 http://psaapg.org/2015-call-for-papers/. 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 http://psaapg.org/2015-call-for-papers/ by January19th, 2015. For any issues, contact psaapg2015@gmail.com