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Geobiology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Past to Present – Integrating Modern Techniques, Laboratory Studies, Analogue Environments, and Chemostratigraphy to Unravel the Geobiology of Modern and Ancient Environments


January 20-21, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Leslie (Jamie) Robbins & Mirna Daye

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 23, 2017. 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by October 20, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Geobiology is the ideal venue for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and senior scientists to come together and discuss cutting edge, unpublished research over a two-day period and support a new cohort of early career scientists. The GRS has an inherent focus on providing graduate students and early career scientists the opportunity to present their most recent research in a collegial environment meant to foster discussion.

We seek presentations that will generate informative discussions on the following themes:

  • modern environments as analogues for ancient environments
  • metabolic signatures of deeply rooted metabolisms in modern and ancient sediments
  • modern and ancient chemostratigraphic studies including trace elements and isotopes
  • laboratory or field based experimental geobiology
  • microbial surface reactivity, biomineralization, and metal cycling

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by October 20, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

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

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by November 20, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
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