AGS Colloquium in Truro


The 44th Colloquium and Annual General Meeting of the Atlantic Geoscience Society were held at the Holiday Inn, Truro, Nova Scotia, on February 2 to 3, 2018. Nearly 200 participants enjoyed a full and diverse program pushing the boundaries of geoscience in all its branches. As usual, the event was well attended by industry, government and university participants, including 4 professors and 26 students from Acadia, and many former Acadia students.

Acadia undergraduate students at the closing banquet and awards event (photo: Anthony Chu).

This year’s Colloquium started on Friday morning with two well-attended, day-long workshops: (1) Your Career and Public Reporting - A QP Short Course for Students (& others) by Amy Tizzard, Acadia grad of 2003, and sponsored by Geoscientists Nova Scotia and (2) Subsurface Methods - How to use and interpret drill-hole data and other subsurface data for both industry and academia by Robin Adair, outgoing president of the AGS. Poster displays started late Friday afternoon and remained available to view until late Saturday afternoon. Three concurrent sessions ran Friday evening: (1) Rocks, maps, and tectonic models, organized by Sandra Barr and adjunct professors Chris White and Deanne van Rooyen; (2) Advances in Assessing Arctic Geohazards; and (3) a General Session on Igneous rocks, mineralogy and mineral deposits. A highlight of the exhibits was the display of the recent compilations of new geological maps of Southwest Nova Scotia by Chris White, and Cape Breton Island, featuring decades of work by Sandra Barr, Chris White and many Acadia students and faculty.

Sandra Barr and Chris White with the newly published map of Cape Breton Island (photo: Anthony Chu).

Saturday’s events started early with several concurrent sessions including: Records of Environmental Change from the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond, organized by Ian Spooner and Dewey Dunnington; Basin-forming Processes during Supercontinent Assembly: New insights from the Devono-Permian Record of Atlantic Canada; The Meguma Terrane: its place in the Appalachian Orogen and Beyond; Paleontology and Sedimentology in the Maritimes and Beyond; AGS Outreach Innovations: Past, Present and Future; Methane Emissions from Legacy Fossil Fuel Sites in the Maritimes; Petroleum Geoscience on the Atlantic Margin; and a General Session on Techniques in Earth Science.

Several Acadia students gave presentations:

Alex Squires speaking on Middle to Upper Ordovician ironstone of the Western Asturian-Leonese Zone, Spain: coastal upwelling, ocean anoxia, and Paleozoic biodiversity (photo: Anthony Chu).

Baillie Holmes speaking on Application of the paleolimnological method in the environmental assessment of effluent-influenced freshwater sediment: an example from northern Nova Scotia (photo: Anthony Chu).

Heather McGuire speaking on A paleolimnological approach to understanding metal mobility and retention associated with salt-water inundation at Laytons Lake, Nova Scotia (photo: Anthony Chu).

Kirklyn Davidson speaking on Application of the paleolimnological method in the environmental assessment of estuarine sediments in a pulp effluent receiving pond: an example from Northern Nova Scotia (photo: Anthony Chu).

Max Chipman speaking on New insights into a brackish Carboniferous ecosystem through the coprolites of the Joggins Formation, Nova Scotia (photo: Anthony Chu).

Saturday evening was the Awards Banquet and Social where following dinner several prestigious AGS awards were presented in recognition of worthy student presentations and professional accomplishments.

Winners of the student awards (left to right): Matt Stimson, St. Mary's University; Kate Woods, Dalhousie University; Max Chipman, Acadia University;, Taylor Ducharme, University of Ottawa; Steven Rossiter, University of New Brunswick (photo: Anthony Chu).

The Rob Raeside Award for best undergraduate student poster went to Taylor Ducharme (University of Ottawa) and his co-authors David Schneider and Mark Coleman for their poster “Resolving episodes of deformation and hydrothermal quartz precipitation in the Amalgamated Break fault, Abitibi Subprovince, Ontario from microstructural and SEM-CL analyses”  (photo: Anthony Chu).

The Graham Williams Award for best graduate student poster went to Steven Rossiter (University of New Brunswick) and his co-author Bruce Broster for their poster “Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis of terminal grade in basal till south of the Mount Pleasant deposit, New Brunswick" (photo: Anthony Chu).

The Rupert MacNeill Award for best undergraduate student oral presentation was split between two top talks: Max Chipman (Acadia University) and his co-authors Melissa Grey and Peir Pufahl for his talk “New insights into a brackish Carboniferous ecosystem through the coprolites of the Joggins Formation, Nova Scotia,” and Kate Woods (Dalhousie University) and her co-author James Brenan for her talk “An experimental study of the effect of water on chromite saturation in komatiite (photo: Anthony Chu).

The Sandra Barr Award for best graduate student oral presentation went to Matthew Stimson (St. Mary’s University) and his co-authors Andrew MacRae, Randy Miller, Steve Hinds, Nicholas Minter and Zabrina Prescott for his talk “A review of Kinneyia simulans: An ichnotaxonomic approach to wrinkled microbially induced sedimentary structures from New Brunswick, Canada.”

The new Nelly Koziel Award, given to a person who has recently made a significant contribution to geoscience in the Atlantic Provinces, beyond the call of duty, was awarded in recognition of Nelly Koziel, former treasurer of the Society, and long-term AGS volunteer who staffed the sales table at colloquia, the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show and many other events. The inaugural award was made to Nikole Bingham-Koslowski of the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), who ably and assumed the role of treasurer following Nelly’s death last year (photo: Anthony Chu).

Nikole Bingham-Koslowski receiving the Nelly Koziel Award from Lynn Dafoe, AGS incoming president

The Distinguished Scientist Award - Gesner Medal, given to a person who developed and promoted the advancement of geoscience in the Atlantic Region in any field of geology, was awarded to Reginald Wilson (retired from the New Brunswick Geological Surveys Branch) (photo: Anthony Chu).

Reg Wilson receiving the Gesner Medal (photo: Anthony Chu).

After the awards, the guest speaker Deanne van Rooyen (Cape Breton University) gave an entertaining talk entitled “Folds, furs, and flies: Adventures in Northern research” about her exploits in northern Quebec and Labrador.

This was followed by the annual AGS Kitchen Party and open mike, showcasing the instrumental and voice talents of several members of the Mud Creek Boys and other AGS members.

Ian Spooner, Dewey Dunnington and Peter Williams providing a musical interlude (photo: Anthony Chu).


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