New Mexico Geological Society Annual Spring Meeting
Macey Center, New Mexico Tech campus, Socorro, NM
April 16, 2020
Preliminary Program Available

We are very sorry to say that the NMGS Spring Meeting has been CANCELED due to concern about the COVID-19 pandemic. For those that have already registered for the meeting, we are working to get refunds to you.

We hope to reschedule this meeting once the pandemic is under control, but we have no idea when that might be. We are still accepting abstracts online in the hope that we can hold the meeting later this calendar year.


Every spring, the Society holds a meeting in Socorro to allow presentation of geoscience research, principally from New Mexico and adjacent areas. This event is always well attended and is a great way to meet other researchers and students working in New Mexico. During the meeting, several Society scholarships are awarded to students from New Mexico.

Student participation is highly encouraged as this meeting provides an excellent venue for student presentations. Oral and poster sessions will focus largely on the geology of New Mexico and adjacent areas. Abstracts are solicited from all geoscience disciplines.

Meeting Details:

Purpose: Presentation of geoscience research from New Mexico and adjacent areas.

When: April 16, 2020 (registration opens at 7:30 AM, meeting begins at 8:00 AM)

Where: Macey Center, New Mexico Tech campus, Socorro, NM

Special Theme: "Our Common Future: Reliability, Robustness, and Resiliency for Effective Risk Management"

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Green (more information)
(see Preliminary Program)

Program Chair: Diane Agnew — 505-289-3008

General Chair: Susan LucasKamat — 505-476-3488

Registration Chair: Connie Apache — 575-835-5302

Lodging: see the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce and Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center

Call For Abstracts (PDF version)

Abstracts related to the special theme session (see below), or to the geology of New Mexico and adjacent states (including Mexico), are invited for posters or oral presentations. Abstracts on non-regional topics of interest will also be considered. Abstracts should be submitted online or may be accepted in other formats in special cases (contact the Program Chair for details). Please view the help page for formatting guidelines.

Panel Discussion

Thriving Geosciences — How diversity and integration are necessary for ensuring the future of the geosciences:

The geosciences are facing a dramatic shift in the workplace as people retire and the competition for new employees with other STEM fields increases. The need for geoscientific expertise is broadening as increasing human population presents ever more challenges to the protection of environmental health and management of natural resources. Insights about the Earth processes are essential to meeting these challenges. In addition to the traditional pathways of academia, energy exploration and production, water resources, and environmental compliance, many geoscientists today find themselves employed in emerging geoscience occupations like hazard mitigation, community organizing, science communications, or sustainability efforts. These changes and emerging opportunities make it essential for our community to broaden participation and perspectives. Diversity and inclusion enhances the scientific process, invigorates problem solving and innovation, and balances biases. Moreover, it promotes collaborations across disciplines. This panel was created to elevate the conversation about diversity in the geosciences, why diversity matters, and how we can move beyond the discussion to the integration of the range of perspectives and voices to support the adaptability and longevity of the geosciences.

Proposed Technical Sessions

In addition to the traditional geoscience technical sessions, the committee is inviting abstracts on topics related to risk management in the geosciences. These topic areas include:

Managing Risk through Data and Data Management: Presentations related to data visualization; digitalization of information; integrating geospatial data into geoscience databases; machine learning; data analytics; and data storage, management, and sharing on varying scales.

Asset Management: Presentations related reliability, robustness, and resiliency in resource management; source water protection; aquifer storage, recharge, and recovery; water and soil as agricultural resources; and water systems, resources, and issues of scale.

Workforce as a Renewable Energy: Presentations and discussions on how to build pipelines into research, consulting, and government positions and building a workforce that is resilient.

Where Water and Energy Meet: Presentations related to the research, models, and interdisciplinary approaches to looking at water and energy issues and climate change.

Abstracts must be submitted by Thursday, December 31, 2020 and be 500 words or less.


Online registration is available until Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM. After that, you can register on-site.

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