2019 GeoPRISMS Synthesis & Integration Theoretical and Experimental Institute


 Hotel Menger, San Antonio, Texas
 February 27-March 1, 2019
Preceded by an Early Career Symposium

Attendees of the 2019 GeoPRISMS Synthesis & Integration TEI in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, TX

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The 2019 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) will represent an opportunity for our community to synthesize results from the Rift Initiation and Evolution Initiative (RIE) and the Subduction Cycles & Deformation Initiative (SCD). During this meeting we will evaluate what has been accomplished so far in all GeoPRISMS themes and primary sites, and what gaps still need to be filled in the last years of the decadal program. We will also try to identify emerging new opportunities and to develop new research directions for our community after the end of the GeoPRISMS Program. The three-day meeting will be preceded by an Early-Career Investigator symposium on Tuesday February 26.

Key objectives that the workshop will try to achieve:

  1. Set the stage for legacy of GeoPRISMS, develop concrete ideas for legacy products or activities in the coming 2-3 years. This should include both science and Education and Outreach.
  2. The meeting program should identify the outstanding process-based questions and cross-cutting themes that engage both RIE and SCD communities. These burning science questions can help guide the integration of science results from GeoPRISMS, and it can lead to future proposals and funding opportunities.
  3. The Early Career Investigator (ECI) symposium will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations among young scientists. This symposium will be led by two young scientists in our community.
  4. The synthesis workshop will help position our science community for future years. We can evaluate the role that large research infrastructure will play, how science goals of the GeoPRISMS program can be met in other initiatives such as a SZ4D, and the importance of continued NSF support for cross-disciplinary and cross-shoreline research.

Organizing Committee

Katie Kelley (University of Rhode Island)
Harm Van Avendonk (University of Texas at Austin)
Jessica Warren (University of Delaware)
Kyle Straub (Tulane)
Rob Harris (Oregon State university)
Katie Keranen (Cornell)
Joe Dufek (University of Oregon)
Christie Rowe (McGill)
Philip Skemer (Washington University, St Louis)
Ikuko Wada (University of Minnesota)

Ex officio: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Office/Pennsylvania State University)

Early Career Investigator symposium leaders:

Eric Mittelstaedt (University of Idaho)
Taryn Lopez (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Important Dates

October 10: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage
November 12: Application deadline
December: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
January 7: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late January: Final meeting agenda is released

last update 02/26/2019

Morning meeting of workshop conveners (including leaders of EC symposium)

Tuesday February 26 – Early Career Symposium | Ballroom A, Leaders: Taryn Lopez & Eric Mittelstaedt

12:00-12:30 | Registration for early career symposium attendees (booth by Ballroom A)

12:30-12:45 | Welcome, Introduction and outline of symposium | Demian Saffer, GeoPRISMS Chair; Taryn Lopez and Eric Mittlestaedt, ECS conveners

12:45-13:05 | Deformation at all timescales: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Emishaw Luelseged, James Muirhead, Sarah Jaye Oliva, and Tianhaozhe Sun

13:05-13:45 | Lightning Talks in breakout groups

13:45-14:30 | Breakout session: Deformation at all timescales

14:30-14:45 | Coffee Break

14:45-15:05 | Mass fluxes: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Helen Janiszewski, Michelle Muth, and Richard Palin

15:05-15:50 | Breakout session: Mass Fluxes

15:50-16:10 | Geohazards and margin stability: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Christine Chesley, Connor Drooff, Hui Tang, and Mel Zhang

16:10 -16:55 | Breakout session: Geohazards and Margin Stability

16:55 -18:00 | Wrap-up and Synthesis

TEI attendees are invited to put up their posters on Tuesday afternoon. Please refer to your poster ID#  to find your poster board.

18:00-20:00 | TEI registration, reception and ice breaker | Minuet & Patio Rooms


Wednesday February 27 – Day 1

7:00-8:00 | Breakfast | Minuet & Patio Rooms

8:00-09:40 | Early morning session: moderated by Philip Skemer and Rob Harris

08:45-09:00 | Discussion

09:00-09:20 | Summary of SCD Initiative | Sarah Penniston-Dorland

09:20-09:40 | Summary of RIE Initiative | Donna Shillington

09:40-10:00 | Coffee break

10:00-11:45 | Late morning session

10:00-10:30 | Outcome of Early-Career symposium. Eric Mittelstaedt and Taryn Lopez

10:30-11:30| Allied organizations

11:30-11:45 | Discussion. Moderated by conveners

11:45-13:15 | Lunch provided | Minuet & Patio Rooms

13:15-15:25 | Early afternoon session

THEME 1: Deformation at all timescales

TOPIC 1a: The role of structural inheritance in plate tectonic events
TOPIC 1b: Reconciling strain budgets at different time scales

15:25-15:45 | Coffee break

15:45 – 17:35 | Late afternoon session

15:45-16:05 | IEDA data repositories for the GeoPRISMS Community – Suzanne Carbotte

Breakout session 1: Deformation at all time scales

16:05-16:20 | Instructions on first breakout session presented by Ikuko Wada-Phil Skemer
16:20-16:35 | Dividing the participants in four groups and send them to breakout rooms
16:35-17:35 | Breakout meetings

  • Where do we have gaps in our understanding? What are remaining or emerging science questions?
  • What kind of infrastructure does our community need to address current science questions? What data sets must we collect?
  • Is an amphibious research program required to accomplish our goals? How do we maintain a cohesive community that conducts research across the shoreline?
  • How do we capture the momentum of the GeoPRISMS community? Can a Research Coordination Network (RCN) serve this purpose?

17:35-19:30 | Poster session with cash bar

Dinner on your own


Thursday February 28 – Day 2

7:00-8:00 | Breakfast | Minuet & Patio Rooms

08:00-09:40 | Early morning session

08:00-08:30 | Summaries of Breakout session 1. Moderated by Harm Van Avendonk and Katie Kelley. The breakout scribes present summaries

Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4

THEME 2: Mass fluxes

TOPIC 2a: Fluid and volatile fluxes at plate boundaries.
TOPIC 2b: Evolution of the volcanic arcs, and the composition of continental crust

  • 08:30-08:45 | Introduction of the science theme | Harm Van Avendonk and Katie Kelley
  • 08:45-09:05 | What are the mechanisms and consequences of fluid and volatile exchange between the Earth, oceans, and atmosphere at rifted continental margins? | Keynote 2a/RIE – Tobias Fischer
  • 09:05-09:25 | How are volatiles, fluids, and melts stored, transferred, and released through the subduction system? | Keynote 2a/SCD – Terry Plank
  • 09:25-09:40 | Questions for both speakers. Moderated by Harm Van Avendonk and Katie Kelley

09:40-10:00 | Coffee break

10:00-11:45 | Late morning session

11:45-13:15 | Lunch provided | Minuet & Patio Rooms

13:15-14:30 | Early afternoon session

Breakout session 2: Mass fluxes

13:15-13:30 | Instructions on second breakout session; Dividing the participants in four groups and send them to breakout rooms. Presented by Harm Van Avendonk and Katie Kelley
13:30-14:30 | Breakout meetings.

  • What studies are necessary for synthesis what questions will be important beyond GeoPRISMS
  • Where do we have gaps in our understanding? What are remaining or emerging science questions?
  • What kind of infrastructure does our community need to address current science questions? What data sets must we collect?
  • Is an amphibious research program required to accomplish our goals? How do we maintain a cohesive community that conducts research across the shoreline?
  • How do we capture the momentum of the GeoPRISMS community? Would a Research Coordination Network (RCN) serve this purpose?

14:30-14:50 | Coffee break

14:50-17:30 | Late afternoon session

  • 14:50-15:20 | Summaries of Breakout session 2. Moderated by Joe Dufek and Kyle Straub. The breakout scribes present summaries

Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4

Theme 3: The stability of margins and geohazards

Topic 3a: Feedbacks between tectonics, surficial processes, sediment transport and deposition
Topic 3b: Geohazards

17:10-17:30 | Questions for both speakers, and Discussion. Moderated by Joe Dufek and Kyle Straub

17:30-18:30 | Poster Session with cash bar – Ballroom C

19:30-21:30 | Conference dinner | Ballroom AB


Friday March 1 – Day 3

07:00-08:00 | Breakfast | Minuet & Patio Rooms

08:00-09:45 | Early morning session

Breakout session 3

08:00-08:15 | Instructions on third breakout session; Dividing the participants in four groups and send them to breakout rooms.Presented by Joe Dufek and Kyle Straub
08:15-09:15 | Breakout meetings

09:15-09:45 | Education and Outreach – Julia Morgan

09:45-10:05 | Coffee break

10:05-11:45 | Late morning session

  • 10:05-10:35 | Summaries of Breakout session 3. Moderated by Joe Dufek and Kyle Straub. The breakout scribes present summaries.

1. Origin and evolution of plate boundaries (Presenter: Sarah Jay Oliva)
2. Linking geophysical imaging to active composition/state/properties (Presenter: Christine Chesley)
3. Fluids/metamorphism/rheology & 7. Exhumed records of plate margins at depth
4. Fluid and volatile migration (Presenter: Darin Schwartz)
6. Feedbacks between tectonic deformation and magmatism (Presenter: Brandon Chiasera)
8. The pace and mechanisms of magma supply (Presenter: Jordan Lubbers)
9. From slow slip to mega-earthquakes (Presenter: Connor Drooff)
10. Coupling geodynamics and surface processes & 11. Geohazards on passive-aggressive margins (Presenter:

  • 10:35-11:05 | Legacy of MARGINS and GeoPRISMS data
  • 11:05-11:45 | Discussion of Mid-Scale Research

11:45-13:15 | Lunch provided | Minuet & Patio Rooms

13:15-14:55 | Early afternoon session

  • 13:15-13:45 | Group discussion on outstanding research questions
  • 13:45-14:15 | Discussion on emerging science opportunities
  • 14:15-14:55 | Discussion on synthesis of the GeoPRISMS program

14:55-15:15 | Coffee break

15:15-16:45 | Late afternoon session

  • 15:15-15:45 | Discussion of strategies, themes and focus areas for future community research
  • 15:45-16:15 | Discussion on leveraging GeoPRISMS research in other science programs
  • 16:15-16:45 | Future plans for GeoPRISMS | Demian Saffer, GeoPRISMS chair, and steering committee

Dinner on your own

Meeting adjourned


last update 02/22/2019

Tuesday February 26 – Early Career Symposium | Ballroom A, Leaders: Taryn Lopez & Eric Mittelstaedt

12:00-12:30 | Registration for early career symposium attendees (booth by Ballroom A)

12:30-12:45 | Welcome, Introduction and outline of symposium | Demian Saffer, GeoPRISMS Chair; Taryn Lopez and Eric Mittlestaedt, ECS conveners

12:45-13:05 | Deformation at all timescales: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Emishaw Luelseged, James Muirhead, Sarah Jaye Oliva, and Tianhaozhe Sun

13:05-13:45 | Lightning Talks in breakout groups

13:45-14:30 | Breakout session: Deformation at all timescales

14:30-14:45 | Coffee Break

14:45-15:05 | Mass fluxes: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Helen Janiszewski, Michelle Muth, and Richard Palin

15:05-15:50 | Breakout session: Mass Fluxes

15:50-16:10 | Geohazards and margin stability: Background, methods & opportunities for advancing GeoPRISMS science

Presenters: Christine Chesley, Connor Drooff, Hui Tang, and Mel Zhang

16:10 -16:55 | Breakout session: Geohazards and Margin Stability

16:55 -18:00 | Wrap-up and Synthesis

The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. There is no registration fee. We will be able to cover most on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on multiple occupancy, and most meals) for approximately 175 participants. Partial funding for travel may also be available, with preference given to students and postdocs. Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Tuesday evening and leave on Saturday morning.

Reimbursement instructions for Attendees with fixed travel funding

Attendees who are provided a fixed travel funding limit (as specified in the invitation letter) are responsible for making all travel arrangements (including airline reservations) on their own. Reimbursement to the attendee for travel costs (up to the limit established) will be processed according to the guidelines outlined below.

General Instructions

Address questions and submit required travel forms and reimbursement documents (using regular mail, email or fax) to the GeoPRISMS Administrative Offices.

The Department of Geosciences
503 Deike Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Attn: Jo Ann Lehtihet

Email: jxl902@psu.edu
Tel: 814-867-4760
Fax: 814-867-2378

Forms to Complete to Receive Transportation Reimbursement

The completion of the following two forms are required to receive a reimbursement check in the specific amount indicated in your invitation letter.

Non-Employee Information Form

  1. Complete Section I.
  2. Complete Section II. If you are a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident, you do not need to complete Section III. If you are a Resident for Tax Purposes or a Non-Resident for Tax Purposes, you need to complete Section III and attach your Admission Stamp or I-94 Card to the form.
  3. Skip Section IV.
  4. Sign and date at the bottom of the form.

Non-Employee Travel Reimbursement Form

  1. Enter personal information in the top left-hand corner of the form. ((Note: The address entered should be the same as that listed in the Non-Employee Information Form; this is the address where the reimbursement check is sent.) For Business Purpose, enter “GeoPRISMS S&I TEI Conference, February 2019, San Antonio, TX.”
  2. Check the appropriate Residency Status box in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. In the Departure/Arrival Section, list round-trip information on departing and arrival locations/dates/times; do not list all intermediate stops.
  4. In the Expense Type Section, enter the total amount in the category reflected in the backup documentation you are submitting.
  5. Skip the section on Daily Meal Per Diem.
  6. Skip the bottom section designated as For Office Use Only.
  7. Sign and date the form.
  8. You must attach backup travel expense documentation to the Non-Employee Travel Reimbursement Form as part of the submission package. (See Documentation Guidelines below.)

Specific Guidelines for Backup Travel Documentation

If you traveled by plane: submit a printout, with your name, showing flight itinerary and total costs.

If you traveled by bus or train: submit a receipt showing start point and destination with total cost.

If you used a rental vehicle: submit the vehicle rental contract documenting check-out and check-in dates as well as total cost; for fuel expenses, submit fuel receipts.

If you used a personal vehicle: Submit a MapQuest (or equivalent on-line service) printout showing total mileage between start-point and destination. Mileage allowances cover all operating costs, including repairs, insurance, fuel, depreciation, towing and other auto-related expenses.

Reimbursement instructions for Keynote Speakers and Conveners

Keynote speakers and conveners are provided funding for their transportation expenses to and from San Antonio, Texas. For air travel, we ask that you use the Penn State Travel Agency (Anthony Travel) to book your flight with the cost billed directly to the GeoPRISMS project. If you do not use Anthony Travel or are using other modes of transportation and thereby incurring out-of-pocket costs, you will need to submit backup up travel documentation, as outlined below, to receive reimbursement.

General Instructions

Address questions and submit required travel forms and reimbursement documents (using regular mail, email or fax) to the GeoPRISMS Administrative Offices.

The Department of Geosciences
503 Deike Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Attn: Jo Ann Lehtihet

Email: jxl902@psu.edu
Tel: 814-867-4760
Fax: 814-867-2378

Forms to Complete if Booking Airfare Through Anthony Travel

Because GeoPRISMS is incurring your airfare cost, Penn State travel policy requires that you complete the Non-Employee Information Form as indicated below.

  1. Complete Section I.
  2. Complete Section II. If you are a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident, you do not need to complete Section III. If you are a Resident for Tax Purposes or a Non-Resident for Tax Purposes, you need to complete Section III and attach your Admission Stamp or I-94 Card to the form.
  3. Skip Section IV.
  4. Sign and date at the bottom of the form.

Forms to Complete if Incurring Out-of-Pocket Transportation Costs

The completion of the following two forms are required to receive a reimbursement check for out-of-pocket transportation costs.

Non-Employee Information Form

  1. Complete Section I.
  2. Complete Section II. If you are a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident, you do not need to complete Section III. If you are a Resident for Tax Purposes or a Non-Resident for Tax Purposes, you need to complete Section III and attach your Admission Stamp or I-94 Card to the form.
  3. Skip Section IV.
  4. Sign and date at the bottom of the form.

Non-Employee Travel Reimbursement Form

  1. Enter personal information in the top left-hand corner of the form. ((Note: The address entered should be the same as that listed in the Non-Employee Information Form; this is the address where the reimbursement check is sent.) For Business Purpose, enter “GeoPRISMS S&I TEI Conference, February 2019, San Antonio, TX.”
  2. Check the appropriate Residency Status box in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. In the Departure/Arrival Section, list round-trip information on departing and arrival locations/dates/times; do not list all intermediate stops.
  4. In the Expense Type Section, enter the total amount in the category reflected in the backup documentation you are submitting.
  5. Skip the section on Daily Meal Per Diem.
  6. Skip the bottom section designated as For Office Use Only.
  7. Sign and date the form.
  8. You must attach backup travel expense documentation to the Non-Employee Travel Reimbursement Form as part of the submission package. (See Documentation Guidelines below.)

Specific Guidelines for Backup Travel Documentation

If you traveled by plane: submit a printout, with your name, showing flight itinerary and total costs.

If you traveled by bus or train: submit a receipt showing start point and destination with total cost.

If you used a rental vehicle: submit the vehicle rental contract documenting check-out and check-in dates as well as total cost; for fuel expenses, submit fuel receipts.

If you used a personal vehicle: Submit a MapQuest (or equivalent on-line service) printout showing total mileage between start-point and destination. Mileage allowances cover all operating costs, including repairs, insurance, fuel, depreciation, towing and other auto-related expenses.

Meeting location

The meeting will be held at the Hotel Menger in downtown San Antonio, TX.

Hotel information

For attendees staying at the Menger Hotel

  • All rooms are designated as non-smoking
  • Check-in Time is 3:00 PM and Check-out Time is noon
  • Attendees must present a personal credit card or debit card when checking in to cover incidental charges made at the hotel. If using a debit card, there will be a $50 per day “hold” charge against the debit card account that will disappear if no charges are made. For a credit card, there are no holds against the cardholder’s account
  • For attendees who are driving to San Antonio, the hotel provides guest parking (subject to availability) at a charge of $22 plus tax for overnight parking and $20 plus tax per day for day event parking (again subject to availability). These costs are the responsibility of the attendee.
  • The Menger Hotel does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport. Average cab fare from the hotel to the airport ranges from $18 to $25. Both Lyft and Uber serve the San Antonio are. Super shuttle is also available but requires reservation. More information about ground transportation can be found from that link provided by the San Antonio airport.

Poster information

Posters boards are 4’H x 8’W. Pushpins will be provided.

Attendees are invited to put up their posters on Tuesday afternoon and remove them on Thursday evening. Poster ID number will be provided ahead of the meeting.

Helpful links

  • Meeting documents

Link to Dropbox folder (you will first need to accept the invitation in order to upload your slides)
Agenda ECS + TEI (last update 02/26/2019)
Participant list (last update 02/19/2019)
Early Career Symposium Participant list (last update 02/12/2019)
Poster list & ID numbers (last update 02/22/2019)
Abstract volume [NEW]
Participant rooming list (last update 02/22/2019)

Breakout groups leaders and scribes (last update 02/22/2019)

  • Hotel documents

Hotel map, meeting rooms