Geologists from across the Southeast, including many geology professors from the College of Charleston, will descend on the Holy City this week for the annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America.

This year marks the first time the Southeastern Section meeting has been held in Charleston since 2000, when the meeting was led by former Geology faculty and department chairman Mike Katuna. The 2019 meeting is co-sponsored by CofC’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, which is housed at the College. Scott Harris, associate professor of geology for CofC, and alumna Katie Luciano ’10 (M.E.S.), a coastal geologist for the South Carolina Geological Survey Department of Natural Resources, are co-chairs of the conference. Other faculty and alumni who have helped developed the meeting as part of the local organizing committee include professors John Chadwick, Steve Jaumé, Erin Beutel and Adem Ali, as well as alumni Amber Onufer ’11 and Cyndi Hall ’95.

As many as 750 attendees are expected to attend the conference March 28-29, 2019, at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. Several CofC professors will present research or lead field trips during the conference. A total of 21 geology majors will also assist as student volunteers during the meeting.

“We are excited to showcase all the great things the College of Charleston and the Charleston region have to offer to meeting attendees later this week,” says Timothy Callahan, professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.