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Organic Geochemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advancing Technology in Organic Geochemistry to Address Society's Challenges


July 23-24, 2016


Holderness School
Holderness, NH


Ryan A. Pereira

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Organic Geochemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The aim of this meeting is to create an open and informal atmosphere where early-career organic geochemists from academic and industrial backgrounds can present and discuss their research in our innovative field. The 2016 GRS will focus on the advancement of organic geochemical approaches to address current and future societal challenges. This meeting will include a career panel where members of our community, at different stages in their career, will share their experiences of how they got to where they are today.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Organic Geochemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmTracing Human Activity
Discussion Leader: Gordon Inglis (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmHelen Mackay (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
"Organic Geochemical Insights into the Occupation of a Celtic Iron Age Wetland Village"
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmUlrich Hanke (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
"Combustion Leaves Its Signature in Aquatic Sediments: A Radiocarbon Source Apportionment from 1750 to 2000"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmUnderstanding Sources of Organic Matter
Discussion Leaders: Juliane Bischoff (The Lyell Centre, United Kingdom) and Loes van Bree (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMarc Besseling (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands)
"Archaeal Sources of Isoprenoid GDGTs in the Water Column of the North Atlantic as Revealed by a Combined Lipidomic and Genetic A1:K47"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJaime Cesar (Curtin University, Australia)
"The North West Shelf of Australia: Origin of Light Hydrocarbons from the Dampier Sub-Basin. Molecular and Isotopic Approach to Determine Fluid Provenance in the Rankin Platform Reservoirs"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmAlysha Coppola (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
"Young and Ancient Dissolved Black Carbon Cycling in the Ocean"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmRichard Pancost (Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Do Organic Geochemical Careers Produce Value Outside of Our Field?"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDeveloping the Geochemist's Toolbox
Discussion Leaders: David Naafs (University of Bristol, United Kingdom) and Jessica Hinojosa (California Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKevin Becker (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
"The Microbial Lipidome of the Oligotrophic North Pacific Subtropical Gyre"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGreg Connock (Chesapeake Energy, USA)
"Investigating the Temporal Dynamicity of the Woodford Shale Water Column: A Union of Sequence Stratigraphy and C40 Aromatic Carotenoids"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amNemiah Ladd (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"Effect of Nutrient Availability on Hydrogen Isotope Fractionation in Algal Lipid Biomarkers"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amGabriella Weiss (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), The Netherlands)
"Towards a Core-Top Calibration for the Alkenone Paleosalinity Proxy – Linking Culture Studies with the Natural Environment"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Ryan Pereira (Lyell Centre, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Do Organic Geochemical Careers Produce Value Outside of Our Field?"
  • Ann Pearson (Harvard University, USA)
  • Francien Peterse (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Lloyd Snowdon (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Artur Stankiewicz (Schlumberger, USA)
  • Richard Pancost (Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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