The Workshop

An informal Colorado River workshop, to be held at the USGS Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, is intended to provide a forum for summarizing ongoing research and future goals relating to our understanding of the Cenozoic evolution of the Colorado Plateau- Rocky Mountain landscape, including the upper and lower Colorado River system, uplift of the plateau, and carving of Grand Canyon. The workshop is planned as a “decade-after” update of the symposium held at Grand Canyon in 2000 (Colorado River, Origin and Evolution, edited by Young and Spammer, 2001). The proposed results of the workshop will be: 1) a summary paper that summarizes the last 10 years of progress and continued challenges to be submitted as the “Introduction” to a Geosphere theme issue, and 2) Individual research papers from the community to be solicited for the Geosphere issue for 12 months after the workshop. No funding is available for this meeting, but participants can contact Sue Beard regarding recommended accommodations. 

Invitees are encouraged to submit an extended abstract no later than May 1, 2010. The abstracts should be 3-5 pages with 1-2 essential figures. Send all abstracts in GSA format and as a pdf file (preferred) via email to: All the abstracts will be made available on this website as they are received The workshop is designed to encourage discussion, rather than to give oral presentations, and posters are encouraged. The conveners expect the attendees to read the extended abstracts prior to arrival at the meeting; this will facilitate the process of forming working groups immediately following the first morning's introductions. Please volunteer to be working group conveners, be on the writing committee, and spread the word to other potential participants, especially students. We hope for about 40-60 participants.

 Workshop Organizers

Dick Young, SUNY Geneseo,

Karl Karlstrom, University of New Mexico,

Joel Pederson, USU Logan,

Kyle House, Univ. Nevada, Reno

Andres Aslan, Mesa State College, CO

Sue Beard, USGS, Flagstaff, 

George Billingsley, USGS, Flagstaff,

Points of Interest

For registration and further Information, please email Dick Young: