The Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation 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.
Mechanisms of rock deformation depend on many factors, including stress state, temperature, pressure, loading rate, composition, and fluid content. Variations in these factors throughout the lithosphere account for the wide range of deformation processes that drive plate tectonics, with implications for natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes), economic resources (e.g., ore deposits, hydrocarbons), and the geomorphic signature of Earth’s surface. Building a more unified understanding of rock deformation requires the synthesis of many disparate data sets and analysis techniques that can account for spatial and temporal scales spanning several orders of magnitude. In this seminar, we invite contributions investigating deformation under conditions ranging from Earth’s surface to the upper mantle, at rates ranging from seconds to millions of years, and length scales ranging from atomic to global. In particular, we encourage studies integrating field, laboratory, geodetic, geophysical, and/or modeling techniques to address outstanding questions in the field of rock deformation.
The seminar 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 seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 18, 2018. 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 Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.