24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association

June 28 - July 2, 2016

Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Santa Fe, New Mexico


At a Glance


Abstract deadline: CLOSED

Abstract notifications: May 10, 2016 (rolling notifications prior to deadline)

Early registration: October 1, 2015 to May 5, 2016

Fieldtrip & workshop registration deadline: June 1, 2016

Hotel registration deadline: May 10, 2016

Late registration deadline: June 1, 2016

Pre-meeting field trips: June 28, 2016

Post-meeting fieldtrip: July 1, 2016

Post-meeting Neotoma workshop (in Albuquerque): July 2, 2016


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AMQUA, the University of New Mexico, and the USGS (Climate & Land Use Mission Area) extend an invitation to convene the 24th Annual AMQUA Biennial Meeting in historic Santa Fe, NM, founded in 1610. The meeting and related activities will be held at the Santa Fe Community Center, steps away from world-renowned museums, historic sites, and superb restaurants. Santa Fe is a gateway to the Rio Grande Pueblos, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Jemez Mountains, encompassing Bandelier National Park, the Valles Caldera Natl Preserve, and Los Alamos Natl Laboratory.


Theme of the meeting: Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene


A pressing challenge for today's Quaternarists is the development of robust methodologies and approaches to discriminate how geological and ecological rates and processes in the Anthropocene deviate from the earlier Holocene and other times past. The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting will address the theme, "Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene," and kickoff on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with three exciting, all-day fieldtrips addressing ongoing research on Geology and Paleohydrology of the Jemez Mountains; Vegetation, Fire, and Alluvial Histories in the Jemez Mountains; and Paleoindian Geoarcheology in Middle Rio Grande Basin. Our meeting's keynote speaker is the award-winning science writer Andrew Revkin, author of the New York Times blog DotEarth and himself a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Subcommittee on Quaternary Stratigraphy. Over two and a half days, our 26 invited plenary speakers (see program) will address different aspects of the "Retooling" challenges.  The remaining presentations will be contributed posters, which will remain up for the entirety of the meeting. All posters will be featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) at strategic times during the technical program. The posters will remain up in for the entirety of meeting, with 3-hour poster sessions each afternoon. After the meeting adjourns at noon on Friday, July 1, we are offering a guided tour to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque and an all-day Neotoma/Tilia/Bacon workshop at the University of New Mexico on July 2. We recognize the educational value of the meeting and strongly encourage students to register and apply for AMQUA Student Travel Grants on our meeting registration page. The 24th Biennial AMQUA meeting is sponsored by the University of New Mexico, USGS and other organizations.


Keynote Speaker: Andrew Revkin


Mr. Andrew RevkinAndrew Revkin is Senior Fellow at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, is a current member of the Anthropocene Working Group, Subcommittee on Quaternary Stratigraphy, and writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog for the Op-Ed side of The New York Times. He has written books on the once and future Arctic, the Amazon, and global warming. His 1992 book Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast (New York: Abbeville Press) accompanied the first museum exhibition on climate change at the American Museum of Natural History. Mr. Revkin covered the environment for The New York Times as a staff reporter from 1995 through 2009. His quarter century of coverage of global warming earned honors from the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Institute of Medicine, Columbia University, the State University of New York, Pace University, and Tufts University. In his spare time, Mr. Revkin is also a performing songwriter.



The American Quaternary Association


AMQUA is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, the last 2 million years of Earth history. The Quaternary Period is significant because the Ice Age environmental changes associated with the growth and decay of continental glaciers were the backdrop for global changes in floral and faunal communities, including extinction of diverse megafauna, and for the evolution of modern humans and their dispersal throughout the world.


Organizing Committee:



Felisa Smith, University of New Mexico


Julio Betancourt, USGS-Reston


Emily Jones, Seth Newsome, University of New Mexico

Abstract Committee:

Emily Jones, University of New Mexico

Fieldtrip Committee:

Bruce Huckell, Peter Fawcett, University of New Mexico


James Bixler


AMQUA Officers:



Alison Smith, Kent State University


Sheri Fritz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Colin Long, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh


Christopher Hill, Boise State University




University of New Mexico and U.S. Geological Survey (Climate & Land Use Mission Area)


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