Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Dr. Page Quinton - SUNY Potsdam

    Carbon isotopes in shallow epicontinental seas: lessons from the Late Ordovician


    Carbon isotopic ratios recorded in marine carbonates are a useful tool for identifying ancient perturbations in the global carbon cycle and are widely used in chemostratigraphic and paleoclimatic studies. These applications work because the net burial/oxidation of organic carbon shifts the carbon isotopic composition of the surface ocean, and these changes can be preserved in marine carbonates. However, records from rocks deposited in epeiric seas present challenges for these types of applications. In particular, net primary productivity, terrestrial organic matter, freshwater input, meteoric diagenesis, and carbonate precipitation/weathering operating at local and regional scales can influence recorded carbon isotopic values in these shallow water settings. We will examine the Late Ordovician carbon isotopic record of eastern North America to discuss some of these effects and I will propose a sequence stratigraphic model for predicting when carbon isotopic records have been influenced by these local/regional process.  


    Dr. Page Quinton received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2016 and now is an Assistant Professor of Geology at SUNY Potsdam. Her research focuses on understanding and documenting climate change in the geologic past. By embracing a multidisciplinary approach using stable isotope geochemistry (oxygen and carbon), micropaleontology, and sedimentology she attempts to relate changes in global climate to perturbations in the global carbon cycle and major mass extinction events in deep time intervals (e.g. the Ordovician, Permian-Triassic boundary, and Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary). 

    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    David A.V. Eckhardt, U.S. Geological Survey (retired)

    Presentation Abstract:

    Tanzania, in East Africa, has an urgent need to develop sustainable supplies of potable drinking water. Much of the water for the capital region of Dar-es-Salaam is derived from reservoirs that suffer problems in water quality and distribution. A significant ground-water resource is available in an aquifer system that extends southward from the capital, beneath the coastal plain adjacent to the Indian Ocean. Initially, two exploratory test wells showed that the deep, confined unconsolidated aquifer deposits can provide good yields of potable water, but additional exploratory wells would be required before extensive development could proceed. International funding was provided to the Tanzanian government through the World Bank for drilling six more test wells for long-term aquifer monitoring, and for two supply wells. Oversight for the drilling project was provided by an independent consulting group, within which Dave was invited to participate.

    This presentation describes the water-well drilling program, with its many technical and logistical difficulties, and some of the outcomes. Also, the presentation will give a cultural overview of Tanzania and its people, as well as a display of some of the natural resources and wildlife of East Africa.

    Short Bio:


    -- B.S degree in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University,

    -- M.S. degree in Forest Hydrology from West Virginia University,  and

    -- PhD degree in Environmental Science from Cornell University.

    During his career with the U.S. Geological Survey, from 1974 through 2011, Dave focused on water-quality studies, mainly in the ground-water domain. He worked on regional water assessments in Pennsylvania, Long Island, and upstate New York, with special assignments to the Grand Canyon Environmental Sciences Group in Arizona, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2012, after 37 years with the USGS, he retired from the Ithaca NY office and became a private consultant (very part-time), where he provides technical assistance to the USEPA Superfund Program. During 2013-14, Dave participated in a regional water-well drilling program in Tanzania, which is the focus of his presentation.

    • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Speaker to be determined

    Topic to be announced

    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Speaker to be determined

    Topic to be announced

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Justin Stroup – Assistant Professor SUNY Oswego. “Understanding the Little Ice Age from the perspective of the Tropics: insights from Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru”
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Li Jin – Professor SUNY Cortland. "Applications of INtegrated CAtchment (INCA) models to simulate flow and water quality under changes in future climate and socioeconomics"
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 September Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Catherine Beck – Professor Hamilton College. "Impact of paleoenvironmental variability on hominin evolution as documented from a multiproxy perspective in the Turkana Basin, Kenya"
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Tug Hill Plateau Field Trip
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: (rescheduled from March) - Dr. Esteban Gazel, Assoc. Professor Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Cornell University. "The rocks that joined the Americas: Is there a connection with climate and evolution of life?"
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 April Dinner Meeting: Scott Samson, Syracuse University. Inherited, enriched, heated, or recycled? The Grenville Orogeny: Examining potential causes of Earth's most zircon fertile magmatic episode
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Mr. Guy Swenson, P.G. "Hydraulics of Subsurface Injections"
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 February Dinner Meeting: Laura Demott, Syracuse University (CNYAPG 2017-18 scholarship winner) - Assessing Microbial Influence on Deposition of Frondose Lacustrine Carbonate Tufas from Winnemucca Dry Lake, NV, USA
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 January Dinner Meeting: Dr. Donald I Siegel, Syracuse University, “The Dismissal of Facts in Water-Related Decision Making: Root Causes and What to do About It”
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 December Dinner Meeting: Larry Brown, Cornell University, "3D Seismic Reflection Imaging with Uncontrolled Sources using Large N Arrays."
Friday, November 16, 2018 CANCELED due to weather ±++++++++November Dinner Meeting: Dr. Page Quinton, Assistant Professor, SUNY Potsdam. "Carbon isotopes in shallow epicontinental seas: lessons from the Late Ordovician"
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 October Dinner Meeting: Nick Warner, SUNY Geneseo - "The InSight mission to Mars: A geologist's approach to landing site evaluation"
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 September Dinner Meeting: Dr. Jeff Karson, Syracuse University, “Fire and Ice: Living with Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Glaciers in Iceland ”
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 May Meeting: Jamesville Quarry Field trip
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Bill Kappel (Retired USGS) & John Williams (Current USGS) "Time-domain electromagnetic soundings for the delineation of saline groundwater in the Genesee River Valley, western New York"
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Moran (EcoLogic, LLC), "The Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (CLMP) "
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Joe Gonzales (Syracuse Univ) "Pressure-temperature-time histories across the Burgess Branch Fault Zone, northern Vermont" and Mariana Rhoades (St. John Fisher College), "Historic Quarries and the Stone Industry..."
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: John Nadeau, NYSCPG: "The State of Professional Geology in New York "
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Keith White (Arcadis) “Winning with Karst: Effectively Managing Contaminated Karst Aquifers”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Richard Young (Emeritus Geneseo Geology), "When did the last, late Wisconsin continental ice sheet actually retreat from West-Central, NY?
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Joint Meeting with NEAIPG and NYSCPG
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Schweinfurth Art Center Geologists and Friends Reception
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 September Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Charles Ver Straeten (NYS Museum) Explosive volcanic eruptions, and the fate of volcanic ash in sedimentary environments
Thursday, April 20, 2017 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Rachel Lee (SUNY Oswego) Compositional and Textural Analysis of Maar-Diatreme Volcanic Deposits at Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field (AZ) Using GigaPan and Thermal Infrared Imagery
Thursday, March 16, 2017 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Peter Knuepfer (SUNY Binghamton) Evidence for Changing Flood Frequency, Upper Susquehanna River Basin
Thursday, February 16, 2017 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Barbara J. Tewksberry (Dept. of Geosciences, Hamilton College) Karst Development in Western Egypt
Thursday, January 19, 2017 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas (SUNY Buffalo) I Can See Clearly Now: Improving our ability to reconstruct past rain and snowfall by monitoring seasonal trends of hydrogen isotopes in environmental water and sedimentary leaf wa
Thursday, December 15, 2016 ** CANCELED **December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Jeff Over (SUNY Geneseo)
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker
Friday, October 07, 2016 2016 High Resolution Site Characterization and Emerging Contaminants Symposium
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