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Organic Geochemistry
Gordon Research Conference

Scientific Insights and Economic Value from State-of-the-Art Organic Geochemistry


July 29 - August 3, 2018


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Lloyd R. Snowdon

Vice Chair:
Richard D. Pancost

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 1, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This meeting will cover a wide range of topics addressing currently emerging organic geochemistry research in areas relevant to the energy industry (particularly unconventional resources), modern and recent sediments and sedimentary process and also aspects of organic matter in the environment. Presentations will range from the initial biosynthesis of organic compounds through sedimentary deposition, microbially mediated diagenesis and thermo-chemical degradation processes to the generation and production of oil and gas. A keynote of the conference will be the consideration of a range of different stable isotopes highlighted as tools useful in tracking organic matter through this continuum. Again this will cover a wide range from understanding fundamental cellular processes through to abiogenic impacts.

Highlighting exciting new results from current or very recent PhD research has been highly successful at previous meetings and this tradition will be continued with an unspecified "emerging research" theme. Understanding carbon mass balance within the geosphere and the environmental implications of moving carbon from one reservoir to another is the underlying motivation for considering both anthropogenic and geogenic processes in a temporal context. The biomarker theme will focus on the biosynthesis aspect of these compounds. New approaches to unlocking information preserved in the high molecular weight and polar fractions of organic matter will be considered in a session dealing with asphaltenes and kerogen. Applications of these tools range from characterizing unconventional resources to determining dominant microbiological inputs to organic rich sediments.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Organic Geochemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • (Geo)Chemistry on the Edges of Space, Time and Consciousness
  • Stable C, H, S, O Isotope Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry/Aquatic Geochemistry Along the Aquatic Continuum
  • Oxygen in the Ocean and Carbon in the Mud: OM Input and Preservation
  • Exploration and Development of Unconventional Resources
  • Lipid Biosynthesis and Novel Methods
  • Catastrophic to Chronic Introduction of OM into the Environment
  • HMW and Polar Fraction Geochemistry
  • Late-Breaking Topics
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