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An online repository of Gulf Coast geoscience information.


67th Annual Convention
Gulf Coast Association of Geological
Societies and the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM

November 1–3, 2017

GCAGS 2017 hosted by:
The South Texas Geological Society

Visit the 2017 Convention Website

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Call for Papers!
Deadline: April 1, 2017


2016 GCAGS Journal Vol. 5



Other Gulf Coast News

U.T. to core methane hydrates
in GC 955 in 2017

In Spring 2017, the University of Texas (UT Austin) will drill two research wells in Green Canyon Block 955 (GC 955) to core and log methane hydrate trapped within channel margin levees that are approximately 1350 feet below the seafloor (Fig. 1). The program will acquire and analyze pressurized cores to study the potential of methane hydrates as an energy resource. UT Austin invites interested parties to participate in this operation (see attached).


NAPE Summer
August 16-17, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

2017 GCAGS Journal

The Journal Provides:

• Experienced Editors
• Formal Peer Review
• Quality Hardbound
• Color Graphics
• Fast-Track Publication
• Free Online Access (Now Available!)

Contact Barry Katz, Editor
( for additional details!

If you’d like to publish in the GCAGS Journal The Peer‐Reviewed Journal of Gulf Coast Geoscience Submit an extended abstract of at least 600 words, including 1–2 representative figures, to the GCAGS Journal Editor, Barry Katz at by December 15, 2016. Once accepted for publication, a full manuscript should be submitted before March 1, 2017. Full instructions for manuscript submissions will be posted online at Convention presentations of Journal submissions are encouraged, but not required.

Beginning with the 2012 Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, the GCAGS will publish a yearly collection of formally peer-reviewed articles in a new GCAGS Journal Series: Gulf Coast Geology.

The Journal series will focus on all geoscientific aspects of the greater Gulf of Mexico region. A hardbound journal will be produced each year in concert with the traditional GCAGS Transactions volume, and both will be distributed at the yearly convention. An editorial board, which will serve for a 3-year term, will oversee the review process.

Each Journal volume will consist of 10 to 20 articles selected by an editorial board from among the extended abstracts submitted specifically for the Journal each year. The volume will also contain invited papers. Like Transactions contributors, authors of journal articles will make either an oral or poster presentation at the annual convention.


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Group photo from the GCAGS Mid-Year meeting in Corpus Christi.

GCAGS meeting in CC 2016

2016 Gulf Coast Section IBA Winners
Congratulations to ALL!

1st Place
University of New Orleans

Josiah Hulsey, Ryan Jones, Will Morrison, Zexuan Wang, Celeste Woock,
Toby Roesler (Stone Energy), Benjamin Kirkland (Nexen Petroleum),
and Dr. Royhan Gani (Advisor)

2nd Place
University of Houston

Shenelle Gomez, Jordan Dickinson, Jing Hua, Lingfei Mao, David Mora,
Dr. Mark Richardson, Micahel Liebelt, Dr. John Castagna (Advisor),
and Dr. Paul Mann (Advisor)

3rd Place Tie
Texas A&M University

Tyler Ruchala, John Phillips, Walker Ligon, Ryan Wilcoxson, Meagan DePugh, Vernon Moore (Marathon), Timothy Powell (!ndependent), Dr. Carlos Dengo (Advisor), and Dr. Nicholas Perez (Advisor)

GCAGS Transactions are now available on a single DVD!

Wanted:  Scans of interesting photographs from early GCAGS annual meetings/conventions.

It would be great if each society could provide at least one photograph from one of their early hosted meetings. If you have any photographs, please scan and email (or snail mail) those photos to Jeff Spencer (GCAGS Historian) at or mail to Midstates Petroleum Co., 4400 Post Oak Pkwy., Suite 1900, Houston, TX 77027.

Please let him know if you want anything returned.

Member Societies

Alabama Geological Society - Asociación Mexicana de Geólogos Petroleros [AMPG] - Austin Geological Society - Baton Rouge Geological Society Corpus Christi Geological Society - East Texas Geological Society - Houston Geological Society - Lafayette Geological Society -
Mississippi Geological Society - New Orleans Geological Society - Shreveport Geological Society - South Texas Geological Society - Southeastern Geological Society

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