43rd Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium

The Field Tradition in Geomorphology
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
September 21-23, 2012
Poster Presentations and Abstracts Submission

Call for Posters:

The organizers of the 43rd Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium invite submissions of abstracts for posters related to the symposium theme of the field tradition in geomorphology, especially those posters related to innovative field techniques or integrating field techniques with other techniques (e.g., remote sensing). Poster abstracts will be published in the conference program and the poster session will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

A reduced registration fee is offered to students. Students presenting posters are also eligible for a limited number of travel stipends. Students interested in receiving travel assistance should make a request for funding (up to $200) along with their abstract submission.

Abstract: Please limit abstracts to under 350 words and use 12-point font with one-inch margins. The abstract should be formatted with the titled centered at top with initial capital lettering, followed by author(s), affiliation(s) (academic department and university), and an e-mail address for the corresponding author. The body of the abstract should be single-spaced. Include up to five keywords at the end of the abstract. A sample abstract is provided below.

Submission: Please submit abstracts after you register for the symposium. Digital submittals (preferred) using MS Word or Adobe pdf format should be sent to Richard Marston.  If you use surface mail, send your abstract to:

Dr. Richard Marston
Department of Geography
118 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-2904

Please include a digital version of the abstract on a CD. You will be receive an email confirming your submission; if you do not please contact the organizers.

Deadline: Poster abstracts are due by no later than Sunday, September 1, 2012.

Poster dimensions: Use the poster format for your presentation when your material can easily be communicated visually. Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement. Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance of four feet (4'). Graphic materials will be displayed on a 4' x 6' poster board supplied by the BGS.  Text should be limited to brief statements. Presentations consisting mostly of text are most appropriate as paper presentations.


Sample abstract:

Title: Gopher Esker Soil Temperature and Possible Impact on Conifer Establishment in Subalpine Meadows

Author: Clayton J. Whitesides

Affiliation: Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos

Email address:


       Alpine treeline has long been used as a proxy for global change. Past treeline research primarily attributed conifer invasion of subalpine meadows and alpine tundra to climate variability. Despite the strong control of macro-scale climate on treeline location, many micro-scale factors have been shown to influence treeline pattern and process. Microscale sites disturbed by animal activity in mountains regions have experienced altered soil characteristics that directly impacted vegetation. Animal disturbance in subalpine meadows or alpine tundra may allow conifers to establish in areas that were previously uninhabitable. Northern pocket gophers (Thomomys talpoides) in Glacier National Park have created a network of mounds and eskers in subalpine meadows that may contain dissimilar soil temperature characteristics than the surrounding matrix. Variations in surface and subsurface temperature may facilitate seedling establishment on eskers as opposed to undisturbed areas.Gopher activity was evaluated in a conifer invaded subalpine meadow of Glacier National Park. Soil temperature of gopher eskers was recorded at surface and subsurface (depth of 10 cm) levels. The same sampling method was employed to obtain soil temperature in undisturbed areas adjacent to eskers. A paired t-test was performed to determine the difference of the average esker temperature compared to the average temperature of undisturbed areas. The mean temperature difference was significantly different from zero (two-tail p=0.0006) and suggested that soil temperature at sites disturbed by gopher activity was higher than soil temperature at undisturbed locations. Elevated soil temperatures due to gopher activity may aid seedling establishment in cooler alpine and subalpine environments.

Keywords: alpine environments, pocket gophers, zoogeomorphology

Conference organizers:

Carl J. Legleiter
University of Wyoming

Richard A. Marston
Kansas State University





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