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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin. We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).

Bi-monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

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December 14, 2023 6:00 PM • Bella Sera, 414 Morganza Rd., Canonsburg, PA
January 09, 2024 5:00 PM • Southern Tier Brewery, 316 N. Shore Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15212

November 15 GSP Meeting

975 Sols of return sample science on Mars

Presented by

Dr. Kathleen Benison

West Virginia University

Wonder what the Perseverance rover has been doing on Mars and the status of its sample collection? This talk will provide a summary of the past 2.5+ years of the rovers accomplishments on Mars, from the perspective of a Mars 2020 mission return sample scientist. The talk will also describe the role of a return sample scientist, including the daily jobs required to help the rover work on Mars and the related research on Mars-analogs to better understand rocks in Jezero crater and prepare for study of Mars rocks in Earth labs.  Finally, a detailed description of the compositions and textures of two interesting rocks  sampled by Perseverance, and the preliminary interpretations about clues they offer about habitability and potential biosignatures, will be featured.

About our speaker: Kathy Benison grew up in a suburb of Boston, along the coast in Massachusetts.  She was introduced to science by Carl Sagan's and Jacque Cousteau's TV shows. She earned a B.S. in geology and chemistry from Bridgewater State College in 1990, after which she worked as a field chemist for Clean Harbors Environmental Services for one year. Kathy then earned a M.S. in Geology from Binghamton University, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 1997. Kathy was a professor of geology from 1997 until 2012 at Central Michigan University. She has been a professor of geology at West Virginia University since 2012. Kathy is a GSA Fellow, an Explorers Club Fellow, and a National Geographic Explorer.  She is currently a science editor for the journal Geology and a science team member of the Mars 2020 mission. She's also a mom of three young adults.

11:15 to 11:45 Social Half Hour

11:45 pm Lunch Buffet

12:00 pm Lecture


$25 for members,

$40 for non-members,

$5 for students.


Cefalo's Banquet & Event Center

428 Washington Ave.

Carnegie, PA 15106



Successful 4th Annual ABGS + Golf Outing

The GSP recently successfully hosted the 4th Annual Appalachian Basin Geophysical Symposium (ABGS) in Canonsburg, PA. Over 50 attendees from four states + Canada were able to network and listen to innovative talks on seismic interpretation, processing and well based applications relevant to the Appalachian Basin. All driven by the success of the largest natural gas producing basin in the country. The keynote speaker, past SEG President David Monk, presented a fascinating history of seismic exploration through the lens of AI.


The 11th Annual GSP Golf Open was held the following day as 40 golfers honed their games on a beautiful spring day in Pittsburgh.

The meeting and golf outing were generously supported by 13 industry sponsors.


The GSP Board looks forward to hosting the 5th Annual ABGS in 2024 and encourages you to add the dates June 5-6, 2024 to your calendar.

All the best,

Scott Gorham

GSP President 2022-23

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