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GSM Meetings, Programs & Abstracts

The Society holds meetings three times per year, in the late fall (Annual Meeting), early spring, and mid-summer (usually a field trip).  The fall meeting program usually includes a symposium with speakers invited from the geologic consulting and regulatory communities.  The spring meeting program consists of student research oral and poster presentations, with students from Maine colleges, universities, and high schools participating.  Cash awards from the Walter Anderson Fund are given to the best oral and best poster presentation, chosen by a panel of geologists.  The summer meeting is a field trip led by one or more geologists who offer to share their field area and expertise with the group.

Spring Meeting Rotation: Spring meetings are traditionally hosted by geology or earth science departments at Maine colleges and universities.  The established rotation, which is subject to change (see Calendar of Events Page for meeting announcements and details) is the order shown below.  The Fall meeting 2010 will be held at USM, Gorham, which alters the Spring Meeting schedule.  The anticipated Spring Meeting rotation for the next few years is as follows:

2011 Bates College, Lewiston

2012 Univ. Maine, Presque Isle

2013 Univ. Maine, Farmington

2014 Bowdoin College, Brunswick

2015 Colby College, Waterville

2016 Univ. Maine, Orono

Link to History of Spring Meetings with student presentations.:  GSM Spring Meetings History




Opportunities and Challenges Facing
Maine’s Mineral Resource Industries

12:45  Registration

1:00   Annual GSM Business Meeting, including election of officers

1:15   Technical presentations

Fred Beck,  F.M. Beck, Inc.

John Slack, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Lithium Pegmatites in Western Maine

Gary Freeman, Mt. Mica and Plumbago Mtn owner-operator

Chip Laite,  Sargent Corp.

 Bob Marvinney, Maine State Geologist

3:00   Break, refreshments

3:20   Technical presentations

Don Hoy, Wolfden Resources Corp.

Andrew Morgan, University of Maine

John Hopeck, Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection

4:20   Panel discussion with questions from the membership


  • Tom Saviello, Maine State Senate
  • Ralph Tucker, Maine State House of Representatives
  • Nick Bennett, Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • John Hopeck, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Don Hoy, Wolfden Resources Corporation


November 9, 2012: Maine Metallic Minerals Conference and Fall Meeting

November 9, 2012: Maine Metallic Minerals Conference and Fall Meeting, hosted by GSM in cooperation with the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Maine Geological Survey, at the Black Bear Inn, Orono, Maine.

Program with Abstracts:  Coming soon.

Session I.  Background, Mineral Rights

1)  Maine’s Geology and Mineral Potential –  Robert Marvinney, Maine Geological Survey

2)  A History of non-ferrous metal mining and exploration – Frederick M. Beck, F.M. Beck, Inc.

3)  Legal and Regulatory Issues that Affect Mine Development in Maine – Judy Woodbury, Pierce Atwood

4)  Mineral Development-Surface and Mineral Owner Perspectives – Ray Kaczorowski, Natural Resource Partners – BRP LLC

Session II.  Modern Mining Techniques

1)  Lentz -Exploration and Mining in the 21st Century – David Lentz, University of New Brunswick

2)  Sidenko – Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching in Northern Latitudes – Nikolay Sidenko, Stantec

3) Boscardin – Practical Considerations for Tunnels Used in Mining Applications – Marco Boscardin, Boscardin Consulting

4) Gerber – Mine Dewatering Impacts on Local Hydrology in Fractured Crystalline Rocks – Robert Gerber, Ransom Environmental

5) Tashe – Evolution of Reclaimation for Wildlife Habitat at Sulphide Mines – Natalie Tashe and Carol Jones, Stantec

October 15, 2010: Hosted by University of Southern Maine.

March 26, 2010: Hosted by University of Maine, Orono.

November 5, 2009:  Hosted by University of Maine at Farmington

  • Meeting Program: GSM fall 2009 meeting program
  • Climate Change: Perspectives, Surprises, Opportunities, Paul Mayewski, University of Maine Orono (link: 2010_v36_n1)
  • Did Early Farming Prevent a New Ice Age?  The Answer: Yes!, Bill Ruddiman, University of Virginia (link: 2010_v36_n1)
  • Arsenic in Drinking Water- Challenges, Problems, and Limits to Knowledge [link: GSM Abstract Nov09 John Peckenham], John M. Peckenham, Maine Water Resources Research Institute, University of Maine, Orono (.pdf here)
  • The Geochemical Legacy of Landfills in Maine [link: GSM Abstract Nov09 Richard Heath], Richard Heath, Division of Technical Services, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, Maine Department of Environmental Protection [GSM PPT Nov09 Richard Heath].
  • Planning for Maine’s Climate Future:  Implications for Geologists [link:GSM PPT Nov09 Malcolm Burson], Malcolm Burson, Office of the Commissioner, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • FEMA’s New Coastal Zone Flood Maps for Cumberland County [link: GSM Abstract Nov09 Robert Gerber FEMAmaps], Robert G. Gerber, P.E. & Certified Geologist, Vice President – Environmental Engineering, Sebago Technics, Inc., Westbrook , ME 04098-1339

August 8-9, 2009, Summer Field Trip, Camden Hills State Park. See Bulletins and Field Trip Guides Page for more information.

April 3, 2009:  Hosted by Colby College Geology Department


July 26-27, 2008,  Field Trip to Mt. Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula, based at Schoodic Education and Research Center, Acadia National Park.  See Bulletins and Field Trip Guides page for more information.