24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene

28.06 - 02.07.2016  
Santa Fe, USA

A pressing challenge for Quaternarists is the development of innovative and robust methodologies and approaches to discriminate how geological and ecological rates and processes in the Anthropocene deviate from the Holocene and other times past.

Meeting goals

In 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy will decide on whether or not the Geologic Time Table will designate a new Anthropocene Epoch, and where in time to drive the Golden Spike. This decision is apt to shine the spotlight on the Quaternarist, who surely will be challenged and motivated to discriminate how geological and ecological rates and processes in the Anthropocene deviate from the Holocene and other times past.

The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting, addressing the theme "Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene", begins Tuesday 28 June 2016 with three exciting, all-day field trips addressing ongoing research on Geology and Paleohydrology of the Jemez Mountains; Vegetation, Fire, and Alluvial Histories in the Jemez Mountains; and Paleoindian Geoarcheology in Middle Rio Grande Basin.

Keynote speaker

Our meeting’s keynote speaker is the award-winning science writer Andrew Revkin, author of the New York Times blog DotEarth and himself a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the Subcommittee on Quaternary Stratigraphy.

Over two and a half days, our 25 invited plenary speakers (see program) will address different aspects of the "Retooling" challenges. The remaining presentations will be contributed posters, which will stay up for the meeting entirety. All posters will be featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) at strategic times during the technical program.

Excursions and additional workshop

After the meeting adjourns at noon on 1 July, a guided tour to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque is offered, and an all-day Neotoma/Tilia/Bacon workshop at the University of New Mexico is planned for 2 July.


We recognize the educational value of the meeting and strongly encourage students to register and apply for AMQUA Student Travel Grants on our meeting registration page.

The 24th Biennial AMQUA meeting is sponsored by the University of New Mexico, USGS and other organizations.

Important dates

Early registration: 1 October 2015 to 5 May 2016

Abstract deadline: 1 May 2016 (extended from 10 April)

Abstract notifications: 10 May 2016 (extended by 1 May, rolling notifications prior to deadline)

Fieldtrip & workshop registration deadline: 1 June 2016

Hotel registration deadline: 10 May 2016

Late registration deadline: 1 June 2016

Pre-meeting field trips: 28 June 2016

Post-meeting field trip: 1 July 2016

Post-meeting Neotoma workshop (in Albuquerque): 2 July 2016

Further information

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