Each Judging Category has a 1st and 2nd place winner, with the following prizes:

1. Undergraduate Best Poster Award, 1st ($600) and 2nd ($300) place

2. Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award, 1st ($800) and 2nd ($400) place (must be first year Master’s or pre-candidacy for PhD)

3. Late-Career Masters Best Poster Award, 1st ($1000) and 2nd ($500) place

4. Late-Career PhD Award, 1st ($1000) and 2nd ($500) place

5. Best-Represented Research Group, 1st ($300) and 2nd ($200) place (Research groups with at least 5 graduate students and 100% participation will be considered. Winning groups are selected among qualifying groups, based on collective presentation quality.)


Congratulations to our 2017 winners!


1st place)  Emilie Bowman (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Investigating Magma Chamber Evolution using Mafic Enclaves and Plagioclase Zoning: Grasberg Igneous Complex, Papua, Indonesia

2nd place)  Cole Speed (Marine Geosciences):  Late Quaternary Paleochannel Systems of the East Texas Inner Continental Shelf

Honorable Mention:  Cody Draper (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Trace Elements and Oxygen Isotope Zoning of the Sidewinder Skarn


Early Career Graduate Student

1st place)  Allison Lawman (Climate, Carbon & Geobiology):  A Coral-based Reconstruction of Interannual Climate Variability at Vanuatu during the Medieval Climate Anomaly (950-1250 CE)

2nd place)  Kelly Thomson (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Tracing Environmental Signals from Source to Sink: Zircon (U-Th)/(He-Pb) Double Dating Applied to the Foreland Basins of the South Central Pyrenees, Spain

Honorable Mention:  Brandon Shuck (Marine Geosciences):  Evolution of the Upper Lithosphere in the ENAM Area from 3-D Wide-Angle Seismic Data


Late Career Masters Student

1st place)  Nicholas Ettinger (Climate, Carbon & Geobiology):  A Multiproxy record of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event in Shallow-Water Carbonates from the Adriatic Carbonate Platform

2nd place) Reinaldo Sabbagh Maciel (Climate, Carbon & Geobiology):  Sensitivity analysis of Lower Miocene sandstones to CO2 saturation in the inner continental shelf of the Texas Gulf of Mexico

Honorable Mention:  Juan Munoz (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Holocene Geologic Slip Rate for the Mission Creek Strand of the southern San Andreas fault, Indio Hills, CA


Late Career PhD Student

1st place)  Douglas Barber (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Linkages between orogenic plateau build-up, fold-thrust shortening, and foreland basin evolution in the Cenozoic Zagros (Iran-Iraq)

2nd place)  Tomas Capaldi (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Neogene foreland basin evolution during a shift to flat-slab subduction in Argentina (30.5°S)

Honorable Mention:  Margaret Odlum (Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes):  Detrital zircon (U-Th)/(He-Pb) double dating of Southern Pyrenees foreland basin fill: implications for sediment routing during tectonic inversion and orogenesis


Best Represented Research Group

1st place)  Whitney Behr research group

2nd place)  Sergey Fomel research group


Past winners:


Undergraduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Susannah Morey, “The Evolution of the Surveyor Fan and Channel System, Gulf of Alaska Based on Core-Log-Seismic Integration at IODP Site U1417”
2nd Place: 
Natalie Raia, “Petrogenesis of Cycladic Serpentinites: Understanding the Tectonic History Preserved in Metamorphic Rocks in Syros, Greece”
Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Sarah George, “Basin evolution in northern Peru: Implications for the growth of topographic barriers linking the Central and Northern Andes”
2nd Place: 
Tomas Capaldi, “U-Pb geochronology of modern river sands from wedge-top foreland depo-centers; when sinks becomes the source”
Late-Career M.S. Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Kelly Regimbal, “Optimizing CMP Stacking Using the Seislet Transform”
2nd Place: 
Matt Ledvina, “Investigating the Pathways and P-T-X Conditions of Hydrothermal Fluid Flow Responsible for Cu-Au Mineralization in the Ertsberg East Skarn System, Papua, Indonesia”
Late-Career PhD Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Mason Fried, “Mass Loss Down Under: Distributed Subglacial Discharge Drives Significant Submarine Melt at a Tidewater Glacier”
2nd Place: 
Romy Hanna, “3D measurement of fine-grained rims in CM Murchison using XCT”
Best represented Research Group Award:
1st Place: Whitney Behr

2nd Place: Sergey Fomel



Undergraduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Emilie Gentry, ‘Pseudotachylites in the footwall of the Whipple detachment: implications of seismicity along low angle normal faults’
2nd Place: Andrew McPeak
, ‘Seamount Arrival into the Franciscan Subduction Complex at 100 2 Ma: Marin Headlands, San Francisco Bay, CA’
Honorable Mention: Laura Dafov
Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Pamela Speciale, ‘Evaluating the consistency of experimental paleopiezometers using naturally deformed rocks’
2nd Place: Tim Prather
, ‘A Combined Stratigraphic, Architectural, and Ichnologic Analysis of the Loyd Sandstone (Late Cretaceous) Near Rangely, Colorado’
Honorable Mention: Eric Peterson
Late-Career M.S. Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Woong Mo Koo, ‘Architecture and Evolution of Submarine Fans Coupling With High Sediment-Supply Shelf-Margins: Maastrichtian Washakie Basin, Wyoming’
2nd Place: Aleksandr Montelli
, ‘Late Quaternary history of Bering Glacier dynamics and sedimentation’
Honorable Mention: Reed Roush
Late-Career PhD Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Stephanie Wafforn, ‘Ertsberg-Grasberg Mining District, Papua, Indonesia: Insights from Zircon U/Pb and Trace Element Analysis’
2nd Place: Rattanaporn Fong-Ngern
, ‘Clinoform Growth in a Miocene, Para-Tethyan Deep Lake Basin: Thin Topsets, Irregular Foresets, and Thick Bottomsets’
Honorable Mention: Nick Perez
Best represented Research Group Award:
1st Place: Sergey Fomel

2nd Place: Jack Holt



Undergraduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Audrey Eljuri, ‘The efficiency of storm water management structures, rain gardens and vegetated retention ponds, in reducing urban runoff and contaminants in downtown Austin, Texas’
2nd Place: Julie Zurbuchen, ‘Imaging Evidence for Hubbard Glacier Advances and Retreats since the Last Glacial Maximum in Disenchantment and Yakutat Bays, Alaska’
Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Joshua (Bud) Davis, ‘A New Tectonic Model for the Breakup of India and East Antarctica’
2nd Place: Jacob Jordan
, ‘Reactive melt transport in binary solid solution’
Late-Career M.S. Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Felicia Kulp, ‘Examination of Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) Feather Microstructure ‘
2nd Place: Michael Cronin, ‘Core-scale heterogeneity and dual-permeability pore structure in the Barnett Shale’
Late-Career PhD Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Marie G. Cavitte, ‘Constraints on transient fast flow at South Pole in the last glacial cycle’
2nd Place: Rattanaporn Fong-Ngern, ‘Peculiar deepwater slope morphology in the semi-enclosed Mio-Pliocene Dacian Basin, Romania’
Best represented Research Group Award:
1st Place: Bayani Cadenas

2nd Place: Danny Stockli



Undergraduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Aaron Hantsche, ‘Rare Earth Element Analysis of Anhydrite Veins and Source Magmas from the Ertsberg Mining District, Papua, Indonesia’ (SETP22)
2nd Place: Marissa Vara
, ‘Investigating ENSO Variability in the mid-Holocene using a Fossil Coral from the South Pacific’ (MG05)
Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Lauren Becker, ‘Analysis of fracture-related seismic attenuation and scattering: insights gained through numerical modeling’ (EG35)
2nd Place: Jake Jordan, ‘Shock and Rarefaction Waves in a Heterogeneous Partial Melt’ (SETP35)
Late-Career M.S. Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Jessica Kopp, ‘The Effects of Varying Tectonic Subsidence in a Fluvio-Deltaic System’ (SHP27)
2nd Place: Kerstan Wallace
‘Use of 3-Dimensional Dynamic Modeling of CO2 Injection for Comparison toRegional Static Capacity Assessments of Miocene Sandstone Reservoirs in the Texas State Waters, Gulf of Mexico’ (CCG39)
Late-Career PhD Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Dusty Schroeder, ‘Configuration of Subglacial Water and Sediments Beneath Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica: Context for a Potential Melt-Water-Intensive Grounding-Line-Retreat’ (SHP01)
2nd Place: Paul Betka, ‘The formation of a retroarc fold-thrust belt by the closure and inversion of a back-arc basin; Patagonian-Fuegian fold-thrust belt, Chile’ (SETP21)
Best represented Research Group Award: 1st Place: Marc Hesse
2nd Place: Danny Stockli



Undergraduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Quinn Wenning, ‘Characterizing Reactive Flow Paths in Fractured Cement’ (EG 15)
2nd Place: Robert Zinke, ‘Pre-eruptive storage conditions and the eruption of Douglas Knob obsidian lava dome, Yellowstone Caldera’ (SETP 29)
Early-Career Graduate Best Poster Award: 1st Place:  Qinjian Jin, ‘The Change in Wind and Dust Storm in the Middle East in multi-decadal scale and Their Correlations’ (CCG-09)
2nd Place:  Maureen LeVoir, ‘Preliminary analysis of the Baranof Fan system, Gulf of Alaska, based on 2D seismic reflection and multibeam bathymetry data’, (MG06)
Late-Career M.S. Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Bryant Kopriva, ‘Stratigraphic Response of Variable Mini-Basin Subsidence Patterns Due to Autogenic Effects’ (SHP 08)
2nd Place: Justin Fitch, ‘Retroarc foreland basin evolution during Paleogene shortening, northern Altiplano plateau, southern Peru’ (SETP 13)
Late-Career PhD Best Poster Award: 1st Place: Charles Brothers, ‘New constraints on the formation of Abalos Mensa, Planum Boreum Mars from radar stratigraphy and high-resolution imagery’ (PS01)
2nd Place: Ethan Lake, ‘Geometric controls on large volume mid-crustal magma chambers and magma evolution zones: A 3-D modeling approach’ (SETP16)
Best represented Research Group Award: 1st Place: Danny Stockli
2nd Place: Tim Shanahan