Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    “The Great Gully Group: a Time-Stratigraphic Framework for Late Quaternary Events in the Eastern Finger Lakes of New York State”

    The Finger Lakes region of central New York has long been recognized as an iconic landscape most recently refined by the Ontario Lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. The earlier record of glacial events and the actual age of formation of the Finger Lakes has been studied less and thus are not well known. Detailed geologic field mapping by the New York State Geological Survey as part of an ongoing STATEMAP and Great Lakes Geological Mapping Coalition project has provided the resources to investigate and establish a detailed lithostratigraphic and chronostratigraphic record for deeply buried sediment packages within Great Gully, an expansive east-west oriented gorge on the eastern flanks of Cayuga Lake near the village of Union Springs in Cayuga County. 

    Identification of laterally continuous and distinct lithologic units observed from 16 exposures has allowed us to develop a comprehensive type section and confidently assign formal names at the formation and member level lithostratigraphic hierarchy. Newly collected continuous wire-line cores, 50 meters in depth, substantiate continuity and expand the stratigraphic and spatial range of preserved deposits. 

    Lithostratigraphic units are comprised of alternating packages of diamicton and fluvial\lacustrine facies. The fortuitous abundance of subtill organics provides a metric to establish a robust, internally consistent radiocarbon chronology and assess paleoenvironmental conditions. Strata older than the limits of radiocarbon are constrained by optically stimulated luminescence dating. Together the combined geochronology and lithostratigraphic information provide a unique basis for a chronostratigraphic record of glacial and non-glacial phases in the Finger Lakes spanning Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 1-5 and possibly beyond. 

    Dr. Kozlowski’s research focus utilizes geologic mapping of surficial deposits, primarily glacial in origin to address, societal and land use issues. Specifically his work directing the geologic mapping program in the state museum has focused on understanding sediment – landform relationships to address geologic hazards such as landslides, water quality and resources, and aggregate resources, etc. In pursuit of this objective his long term goal is to develop a better understanding of three-dimensional geologic frameworks of glacial deposits that provide better understanding and resolution of glacial stratigraphy and glacial chronology in New York State. 

    Dr. Kozlowski is a native of Cortland, New York and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1995. He received his MS (1999) in Hydrogeology and Ph.D. (2004) in Glacial Geology from Western Michigan University. From 2002 to 2006 he was an Assistant Professor of Geology at Susquehanna University. In 2006 he joined the NYSM/NYSGS as a glacial geologist and Senior Scientist. Dr. Kozlowski was the Director of the New York Geologic Mapping Program from 2006 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2013 he was the Acting Associate State Geologist and Director of NY Geological Mapping Program. Since August 2013 he has been the Chief Quaternary Geologist and Curator of Quaternary Landscape Materials at the NYSM and Director of the NY State Geological Mapping Program for the NYSGS. 



    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Joint meeting with Northeast American Institute of Professional Geologists and New York State Council of Professional Geologists. More information to come this fall.



    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Spaghetti Warehouse

    Topic to be announced.



    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Jamesville Quarry

    Field trip date is tentative.



Past events

Thursday, August 17, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, July 20, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Summer Break
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Charles Ver Straeten (NYS Museum) Explosive volcanic eruptions, and the fate of volcanic ash in sedimentary environments
Thursday, April 20, 2017 April Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Rachel Lee (SUNY Oswego) Compositional and Textural Analysis of Maar-Diatreme Volcanic Deposits at Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field (AZ) Using GigaPan and Thermal Infrared Imagery
Thursday, March 16, 2017 March Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Peter Knuepfer (SUNY Binghamton) Evidence for Changing Flood Frequency, Upper Susquehanna River Basin
Thursday, February 16, 2017 February Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Barbara J. Tewksberry (Dept. of Geosciences, Hamilton College) Karst Development in Western Egypt
Thursday, January 19, 2017 January Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth K. Thomas (SUNY Buffalo) I Can See Clearly Now: Improving our ability to reconstruct past rain and snowfall by monitoring seasonal trends of hydrogen isotopes in environmental water and sedimentary leaf wa
Thursday, December 15, 2016 ** CANCELED **December Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kozlowski (New York State Geological Survey)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 November Dinner Meeting and Speaker: Dr. Jeff Over (SUNY Geneseo)
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October Dinner Meeting and Speaker
Friday, October 07, 2016 2016 High Resolution Site Characterization and Emerging Contaminants Symposium
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