Bretz Club

The Evolution and Settlement of Western Oregon

3rd Annual Bretz Club Conference & Field Trip
Friday April 13 & Saturday April 14, 2012
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston, Oregon

2012 Conference Directors:
Josh Roering
, University of Oregon, and Sarah Lewis, Oregon State University

Gordon Grant, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station; Andrew Meigs, College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University; Jim O'Connor, USGS Oregon Water Science Center

BretzClub Field Trip 2011
Bretz Club 2011 Field Trip Group at Blue River Reservoir (yes, that's snow)

Pre-registration is required to attend any portion of this conference. Registration is closed.

What is the Bretz club?
We are pleased to invite you to the 3rd Annual 'Bretz Club', held at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in lovely Charleston, OR, along the coast.

We hope the Bretz Club will bring together Oregon geomorphologists and encourage new ideas, new friendships, and new collaborations amongst fellow Oregonians who share a love of the Earth’s surface.
The conference begins Friday, April 13, at 9am, with the first of three keynote talks (Ray Weldon, UO; Stephen Lancaster, OSU; and Loren Davis, OSU).  We encourage you to arrive at OIMB on Thursday night so that you can enjoy morning on the coast and be ready for a big day of provocative science.

We will hold an informal poster session on Friday afternoon and break for refreshments and lunch as outlined below.  Attendees will also have a chance at their own contributions during a pop-ups session (short 3 minute presentations on quite literally anything from ideas to announcements or otherwise). Friday evening will include continuation of the poster session and highly scientific (and non-scientific) socializing.  We’ll provide plenty of ‘supplies’ following dinner to keep the discussion going.

On Saturday, April 14th, we’ll set off for a field trip led by Ian Madin (DOGAMI), with contributions from many others. The conference will conclude following the field trip.

This year's cost for the 2-day (2 night) conference is $140 (Students $80). Registration is handled through OSU Conference Services. If you have any questions about billing please contact them directly.

Notes about registering this year:
1) We encourage Thursday night arrival.  If you’re resigned to arrive on Friday morning, be sure to get an early start.
2) We are accepting additional donations this year to offset our costs. Feel free to donate early and often, or bring an item of geomorphological interest for our informal raffle at the end.

The Evolution and Settlement of Western Oregon (program)
Friday, April 13 – Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston, OR (directions & map)
7am: Breakfast
9:00am: Key note #1: Ray Weldon (University of Oregon), The ups and downs of the Oregon coast from timescales of seconds to millenia
Coffee break
10:45am: Key note #2: Stephen Lancaster (Oregon State University), The Coast Range's Dammed Heavy Tails: Nonlinear Sediment Dynamics or Pleistocene Firestorms?
Noon: Lunch
2pm: 3 minute Pop-ups on whatever comes to your mind!
Coffee break & Poster viewing
4pm: Key note #3: Loren Davis (Oregon State University), Searching for Pleistocene-aged Archaeological Sites Along Oregon's Coast
5:30pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Evening Extravaganza: Poster session, mini field-trip, raffle and libations oceanside!

Saturday, April 14 – Field trip of coastal tectonics, geomorphology, and archaeology
Field Trip led by Ian Madin with fabulous coastal sites. (field guide)
Departure Time 8am (breakfast at 7am), sack lunches will be provided.

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