Welcome to Crossroads Geology Conference!

March 31 & April 1, 2017

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Abstract Deadline: March 21, 2017!

Tentative Schedule Now Available - (PDF)

The student members of the Rho chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon at Indiana University invite you to participate in the annual Crossroads Geology Conference at Indiana University. This conference is a student-organized event featuring research presentations by graduate and undergraduate students in the geological and environmental sciences from a number of regional colleges and universities, at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Updates and News

  • Presenters: Talks should be ~15min including time for questions.
  • Abstract submission is now open.
  • Previous year programs are available under the abstract submission section.
  • A list of the 2017 judges can be found under the judges tab.

Abstract Submission

To submit your abstract please download the abstract template, fill it out accordingly and email it to crossroadsgeologyconference@gmail.com.

Abstract guildlines are on the first page of the abstract template. An example of a completed abstract form can be downloaded here.

Visiting Students

If you would like us try to place you with a student host, please indicate so on your abstract submission.

Previous Years Awardees

Poster Oral
Undergraduate Michael Lara, Amanda Whaling Madison Ferrara
Masters Kerry Neil Ciara Mills
PhD Rebecca Caldwell Ryan Scrivage

2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Programs are available for download from the Abstract Submission page.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available (e.g. tentative schedule, keynote speakers...). If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us at ancwhit@indiana.edu or camjstew@iu.edu.

Archived Abstracts

Download the pdf of the 2013 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2014 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2015 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2016 Crossroads abstracts here.

2017 Judges

Judge Affiliation
Joel Degenstein EP Energy (Retired)
Kevin Ellet Indiana Geological Survey
Darren Ficklin IU Dept. of Geography
Mark Fisherkeller Arcadis
Lee Florea Indiana Geological Survey
Cody Kirkpatrick IU Dept. of Geological Sciences
James Sullivan Indiana Department of Environmental Management
James Wallace ConocoPhillips
Larry Whitmer Wabash Energy
Allison Yanites Arcadis
Brian Yanites IU Dept. of Geological Sciences

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Darren Ficklin

Indiana University

The Past, Present, and Future of Western United States Hydroclimate

One of the most urgent challenges facing the world today is ensuring an adequate supply and quality of water for human and ecosystem needs in the face of climate variability and change. Recent increases in air temperature are resulting in increases in evaporation/evapotranspiration and changes in precipitation, leading to an overall intensification of the hydrologic cycle. This intensification is projected to continue into the 21st century at potentially faster rates. Using observed climate data and projected climate data from General Circulation Models (GCMs), this talk examines how these changes in the hydrologic cycle will affect water resources and their quality throughout the western United States. These changes will not only impact agricultural and urban communities that depend on these resources, but also aquatic species that are adapted to particular hydrologic regimes and stream temperatures. This work indicates that changes in air temperatures and precipitation will lead to changes in streamflow magnitude and timing (shifting streamflow peaks earlier into the year by 1-2 months), as well extreme events such as flooding and droughts. The streamflow changes coupled with air temperature increases will also result in stream temperature changes by 1-5 °C, subsequently affecting habitat ranges for aquatic species such as trout and salmon that are both culturally and economically significant. These results indicate a very different hydroclimatic future for the western United States, thus requiring an adaptation of water resource and aquatic species management.

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