2017 Amtrak Club

Propagation of climate and tectonic signals through landscapes

May 19-20, 2017

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Credit: R. Walter

Update 5/22/2017: Photos

Update 5/18/2017: Abstract Volume

Schedule of events

Friday, May 19, 2017
Location: 22 Deike Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16803
8:00 am: Coffee, tea, pastries, and poster setup
9:00-9:30: Welcome/introductions, 22 Deike Building
9:30-10:10: Isaac Larsen (UMass Amherst)
Modeling canyon carving by glacial outburst floods in the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington
10:10-10:50: Sujith Ravi (Temple University)
Interactions between aeolian processes and vegetation in changing landscapes
10:50-11:20: Break
11:20-12:00: Ryan McKeon (Dartmouth College)
Shouldn’t the Appalachians be flatter by now? New perspectives on an old landscape from low temperature thermochronology
12:00-12:15 pm: Frank Pazzaglia (Lehigh University)
Propagation of climate and tectonic signals through landscapes: Cyclostratigraphy of Pleistocene fluvial deposits and insights into exogenic vs. autogenic process forcing
12:15-1:45: Lunch
1:45-2:00: Virginia Marcon (Penn State University)
Evaluating the effect of lithology on porosity development in ridgetops in the Appalachian Piedmont
2:00-2:40: Eitan Shelef (University of Pittsburgh)
Hillslopes, permafrost, soil carbon, and their potential influence on Earth’s climate
2:40-2:55: Margaret Christie (University of Delaware)
Quantitative reconstruction of phosphorous concentrations in the tidal Christina River Watershed, DE
2:55-4:05: Break
4:05-4:20: Noah Snyder (Boston College)
Legacy sediment storage in New England river valleys: Anthropogenic processes in a postglacial landscape
4:20-5:00: Dorothy Merritts (Franklin and Marshall College)
Propagation of base-level change through legacy landscapes in the unglaciated mid-Atlantic region, US
5:00-7:00: Dinner, refreshments, and posters in the EMS Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:50 am: Meet in parking lot behind Deike Building – Vans leave at 9:00 am
9:00-11:30: Catskill fluvial stratigraphy exposures along PA322 near Philipsburg
11:30-12:30: Lunch (provided) at Whipple Dam State Park
12:30-3:00: Periglacial controls on critical zone architecture at Garner Run, Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO
~3:00 pm: return to Deike Building

The 6th annual Amtrak Club Meeting, hosted by the Department of Geosciences with support from the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, will feature a relaxed program of talks and poster sessions on Friday, May 19, followed by a local field trip on Saturday, May 20. This year the theme is “Propagation of climate and tectonic signals through landscapes,” and we have a great list of speakers lined up:

Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall

Sujith Ravi, Temple

Ryan McKeon, Dartmouth

Isaac Larsen, UMass Amherst

Eitan Shelef, U of Pittsburgh

If you would like to participate in the scientific program, please send a 1-page abstract (including title and authors) to rdibiase@psu.edu, and indicate if you prefer a poster or oral presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Registration costs:
Meeting registration: $20 (includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday)
Field trip registration: $10 (includes lunch and transportation on Saturday)

Please register in advance for the 2017 Amtrak Club using the following link:

The meeting will take place in the Deike Building near the southwest corner of Penn State’s University Park campus. You can find it in Google maps by searching for Penn State Earth and Mineral Science Library.

We suggest reserving a room early because hotels or private rentals can fill up on spring weekends. Downtown hotels and the Nittany Lion Inn are within a 5 minute walk of the Deike Building. Hotels on North Atherton Street near the intersection with Blue Course Drive are a 20-25 minute walk.

Parking in downtown State College and in campus lots open to visitors is generally $1/hr. The closest parking to the Deike Building includes the Nittany parking deck on campus http://transportation.psu.edu/visitors and the Fraser Street and Beaver Avenue garages downtown http://www.downtownstatecollege.com/get-around/parking-information/#

Public transportation to Penn State
State College is served by Greyhound and Megabus. The closest train station with a bus connection to State College is Harrisburg, PA. More information on these options can be found here: https://global.psu.edu/info/campus-community/life-state-college/transportation

Contact information:
Roman DiBiase, rdibiase@psu.edu
Liz Hajek, hajek@psu.edu

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