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Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory

Annual Review Meeting


Invitation to the

2019 Annual Review Meeting and Field Trip


The annual review meeting of the CSL – Center for Carbonate Research will be held October 21-22, 2019 in Miami at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) on Virginia Key. We will report the results of the ongoing projects and discuss the planned projects for the coming year. A list of the projects covered during the meeting is listed in the meeting program section below.


The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 21st in the seminar room at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway. The seminar room is in the Science/Administration Bldg., Room 103 (follow signs). We will not be providing transportation to the meeting. The review meeting will end early afternoon on Tuesday, October 22nd.

In the afternoon of October 22nd there will be an introduction to the field trip.

This year’s field trip (October 23-27, 2019) will be to Belize. The objectives of the field trip will be: 1) Analysis of reef types, 2) Scale and geometry of carbonate build-ups, and 3) Coexistence of carbonate and siliciclastic sediments.


Annual Review Meeting – October 21-22, 2019

Please arrive in Miami by the evening of October 20th. The University of Miami has a special corporate rate with several hotels in Coconut Grove. We recommend you make a reservation at Hotel Aria in Coconut Grove:

Hotel Aria in Coconut Grove

2889 McFarlane Road

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

If the Aria is full, you might want to consider the Mayfair Hotel & Spa:

Mayfair Hotel & Spa

3000 Florida Avenue

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Both of these hotels are only a 15-20 minute taxi ride from Coconut Grove to RSMAS.

Field Trip – October 23-27, 2019

Please extend your hotel reservation in Miami for departure on October 23rd. The field trip participants will fly to Belize City, Belize where they will board a boat that will take them to South Water Caye. The field trip ends on Sunday, October 27th at the Belize International Airport in Belize City early enough to get the flights out of Belize City, which all leave around noon.


Please register for the meeting and the field trip by e-mail or phone as soon as possible with Karen Neher. Her email address is kneher@rsmas.miami.edu and her phone number is (305) 421-4684.

Registration deadline for the fieldtrip is Friday, August 9, 2019. 

Registration for the meeting is Friday, September 20, 2019.

We hope to see many of you at the meeting. Please share this information with your colleagues.


Best regards,



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Meeting Program

MONDAY OCTOBER 21, 2019 Morning



Welcome and Introduction

  Gregor P. Eberli

Seasonal Control of the GBB Whitings Mud Factory by Climate and Currents

  Sam Purkis, Amanda Oehlert, Heather Hunter, Peter Swart, Paul (Mitch) Harris, Thomas Dobbelaere, and Emmanuel Hanert

Sediment Production and Transport Atop Great Bahama Bank: Insights From Fair- and Storm-Weather Conditions on the Andros Platform

  Cecilia Lopez-Gamundi, Sam Purkis, Paul (Mitch) Harris, Thomas Dobbelaere, and Emmanuel Hanert

Quantitative observations of sediment generation dynamics in a modern ooid tidal channel: Joulter Cays

  Miles Frazer, Paul (Mitch) Harris, Imelda Johnson, Juan Carlos, Mingyue Wu, and Sam Purkis

Facies Dynamics of High-Energy Atoll Margins in the Chagos Archipelago

  Mingyue Wu, Sam Purkis, and Paul (Mitch) Harris

Coffee Break


Quantitative Comparative Sedimentology - Role in Subsurface Reservoir Modeling

  Paul (Mitch) Harris and Sam Purkis

Deep Ocean Currents Control on Sediment Distribution and Coral Growth on the Northern Manihiki Plateau

  Sara Bashah, Kimberly C. Galvez, Gregor P. Eberli, Shirley A. Pomponi, Deborah Glickson and Diva Amon

Temperatures of Benthic Waters through Climate Cycles in the Straits of Florida

  Kimberly C. Galvez, Peter K. Swart, Gregor P. Eberli, Mark Grasmueck, Claudia Wienberg, Dierk Hebbeln, Thierry Mulder

The Elucidation of Dolomitization in Deep Water Bahamian Sediments using Sulphur, Calcium, Magnesium, and Clumped Isotopes

  Peter K. Swart, Sean Murray, Higgins John, and Holmden C.


MONDAY OCTOBER 21, 2019 Afternoon

Introduction to the Vaca Muerta Project

  Gregor P. Eberli

Southern shelf-margin evolution of the Vaca Muerta - Picún Leufú system

  Laura E. Rueda, Gregor P. Eberli, Michael Zeller, Liliana Plata Sarmiento, Max Tenaglia, and Ralf J. Weger

Integrating Acoustic Impedance, Seismic, Well and Outcrop Data to Model TOC in the Vaca Muerta, Neuquén Basin, Argentina

  Max Tenaglia, Ralf J. Weger, Gregor P. Eberli, Laura E. Rueda, Donald F. McNeill, Leticia Rodriguez Blanco, and Peter K. Swart

Lateral Facies Variability and Concretion Occurrences in the Vaca Muerta Formation

  Ralf J. Weger, Leticia Rodríguez Blanco, Peter K. Swart, and Gregor P. Eberli

Coffee Break


Porosity in Marine Concretions of the Late Jurassic Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina

  Donald F. McNeill, G. Michael Grammer, and Ibukun Bode-Omoleye

Carbonate concretions: A Comparison of Diagenesis and Formational Mechanisms using Stable (C, O, and S) and Clumped Isotopes

  Megan Smith, Don F. McNeill, and Peter K. Swart

A Reassessment of Clumped Isotope Geospeedometry (∆47) and Implications for Basin Maturity

  Chaojin Lu and Peter K. Swart

Carbonate Contourite Drifts and the Petroleum System

  Gregor P. Eberli



Return to Hotel

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019 Morning



Architecture and Sedimentology of the Cretaceous Maiella Delta Drift 

  Gregor P. Eberli, Ralf J. Weger, Daniel Bernoulli, James Bishop, Adam Vecsei, Maria Mutti, and Mara R. Diaz

Assessing Lithoclast Distribution in Grainstone Drift Deposits with the Pondview Seismic Attribute 

  Mark Grasmueck, Gregor P. Eberli, and David Viggiano

Comparing Sonic Velocity and Resistivity of Miocene Drift Deposits in the Maldives to Cretaceous Drift Deposits in Maiella, Italy

  Emma Giddens, Gregor P. Eberli, and Ralf J. Weger

Seismic Images of the Chicxulub Crater and the Yucatan Platform

  Elizabeth Guzman, and Eduardo Aguayo Camargo

Coffee Break


Statistical Pattern Analysis of the Nullarbor Plain (Southern Australia): An Analog for Subsurface Karst

  Lisa Tanh, Sam Purkis, Michael Zeller, Fabio Lapponi, Christian Gram, Gregor Eberli, and Paul (Mitch) Harris

Statistical Detection of Diagenetic Surfaces using Rolling Window Regression Analysis of Stable Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes

  Amanda Oehlert and Peter K. Swart

The Signature of Sulfur Isotopes and Diagenesis: A comparison of material from the Bahamas, Maldives, Pacific, and Australia

  Evan Moore and Peter K. Swart

Twin Clumped Proxies and Beyond: A New Clumped Isotope Proxy, Δ48

  Peter K. Swart, Chaojin Lu, Evan Moore, Ralf J. Weger, and Megan Smith



Future Projects 


Core Workshop*

  • Vaca Muerta Formation
  • Belize modern environments

*The cores will stay on display on Wednesday and Thursday for viewing 







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