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Contact Information

AGU Meetings Department
2000 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009 USA
Phone: +1 202 777 7330
E-mail:  chapman-help@agu.org

Scientific Program

Conference and Field Trip Photos

Group photo of conference conveners
Chapman conference conveners from the left - Luivi Giosan, Dorian Fuller,
Peter Clift, Rowan Flad, Sam VanLaningham, and Jim Aimers.


Who's Coming [pdf] to Santa Fe

Format and Schedule

Paper Conservation
In alignment with the priority objectives of AGU's strategic plan, AGU will not provide printed programs for the Chapman conferences. Instead, you may access real-time, detailed presentation information via the on-line itinerary planner (IP). Additionally, on-line evaluation surveys will be sent via email before the final day of the conference.

To view the final program, please click here [pdf].


The meeting will span five days, with the afternoon of the fourth day being reserved for a field trip to Native American Pueblas in the Sante Fe region. The schedule is designed to start with an overview of general, global climate change processes, especially focused on the Holocene, followed by a series of focused sessions on a number of geographic areas where early human societies have evolved and where interactions with the evolving environment appear to have been important to their success or subsequent collapse.

The meeting will be concluded with a synthesis session in which more general patterns of human-environmental interactions will be outlined. The meeting will further discuss what issues are now most pressing and should be targetted for future research work.

Field Trip

We plan a conference field trip on the fourth day of the meeting to the Bandelier National Monument to allow participants a mental break from the focus sessions and the opportunity to see some of the spectacular geology and scenery of New Mexico, as well as some of the famous Puebla sites of the Native American peoples.

Note: There are only a few tickets left for the field trip; attendees must be registered in order to participate. If you have not already registered, or if you would like to confirm your registration, please stop by the registration desk on 21 Monday, between the hours of 1700h–2000h.

Buses will begin departures from the conference hotel at 0830h, arriving at Bandelier National Monument at 1000h. Tour leaders, Barbara Judy and Lauren Meyer, will discuss the history of the park and its many treasures on the bus ride to Bandelier.

Indoor eating space has been reserved at Bandelier National Monument and boxed lunches will be provided as you board the bus. Eating is also allowed outside on the trails.

Click here [pdf] for more details about the field trip.

Fields of Interest

This meeting is designed for input from geologists, climatolgists, geomorphologists, archaeologists and paleoceanographers.

Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentations

The poster hall is located in the Pavilion Room. Posters may be put up on Tuesday 22 March, between the hours of 0800h–0830h.

Poster Dimensions – 4' H x 8' W. The presentation must cover the material as cited in the abstract. See page 6 for the diagram for detailed poster information.

Complimentary Science Communication Workshops

Registration is closed.

Monday, 21 March, 1500–1700h

How Journalists Work and How Scientists Can (Successfully) Cooperate With Them

How reporters work; what they expect from scientists
What makes a science story newsworthy?
Interviewing with the media: From preparation to follow-up

Tuesday, 22 March, 1830–2030h

Online Outreach to the Public: Using Social Media to Communicate Science

Go where the public is: What social media is all about
Choose your online tools: Twitter? Facebook? Blogging? Other/none?
How scientists can use social media to communicate research

NOTE: Complimentary dinner will be served at this workshop.

Thursday, 24 March, 1800–2000h

Talking Science (with practical exercise)

Basics of public speaking
Crafting your elevator speech
Talk to the camera: Practical exercise and round of feedback

NOTE: Complimentary dinner will be served at this workshop.

All three workshops will be taught by:

Maria-José Viñas, AGU Public Information Specialist and AGU Blogosphere Community Manager

Maria-José has worked as a science writer for several news agencies, newspapers, press offices and magazines in Spain and the United States. At AGU, she combines her work in media relations with the use of social media to communicate science. She also manages the AGU Blogosphere, a community of Earth and space science blogs. Maria-José holds degrees in veterinary medicine, journalism, and science writing.

Kathleen O'Neil, AGU Public Information Specialist

Kathleen has worked as a science reporter for newspapers in Idaho and Connecticut, and as a freelance radio reporter based in Washington D.C. She also worked in public affairs and media relations for the University of Southern California, Connecticut Sea Grant, and other organizations. She holds degrees in environmental science and journalism.