Joint meeting of the Canadian and American Quaternary Associations

Crossing borders in the Quaternary

Conference Location: Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada
07-11 August 2018


Abstract submission and registration are now closed for the CANQUA/AMQUA 2018 conference but registration has re-opened. Click on the red box below for a PDF file of the conference schedule.



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Instructions for Presenters


Each oral presentation time slot is scheduled for 20 minutes. Ideally, this will include a 15 minute talk followed by 5 minutes for questions and switching between talks. Please name your presentation file as "LASTNAME_Session". The preferred format for presentations are powerpoint files. Please introduce yourself to your session chairs and load your presentation in the morning before your talk or during the lunch break for those speaking in the afternoon sessions. 


Poster presentations must include paper title, author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). The poster boards are horizontal with maximum dimensions of 45.75”/ 1.17m  high and 94.75” / 2.40m  wide. Push pins to attach the posters will be provided. Poster Sessions will be in the foyer outside the lecture rooms where the talks are held in Richcraft building (2nd floor).

There will be two poster sessions, one on August 8th and one on August 10th (see schedule). Unofficial viewing can take place all day however, we encourage poster presenters to be in front of their posters during the designated poster session.

Poster Iinstallation and removal:

Posters will be grouped by sessions. Your poster must be installed on your assigned board.  A poster location map will be available to direct you to your spot and the boards will be appropriately marked.  Poster presenters are responsible for mounting and removing their posters. Volunteers will be available to direct you to your allotted poster board, and to assist with mounting the poster, if necessary.


Poster Session 1:

  • Set up time: After 7 pm on August 7th

  • Official poster session August 8th 4:30 - 6:30 pm

  • Poster removal: August 8th 6:30 pm 


Poster Session 2:

  • Set up time: After 6:30 pm on August 8th

  • Official poster session: August 10th 12:30 - 2:30 pm

  • Poster removal: August 10th 2:30 pm (to allow for Banquet set up). 


Accommodations for the duration of the conference through Carleton University Residence Services can also be booked through the online registration form. Single Suite Residence accommodations in the Frontenac Building have been reserved for conference attendees. Single Suites consist of 2 single bedrooms with double beds with a shared washroom and meal preparation/dining area. Each suite includes a refrigerator and microwave.  Breakfast from Aug 8-11 is also included in the cost of the room. Cost is $70/night per bedroom *4 nights and includes breakfasts = $280 +tax = $316.40 or for $632.80 you can pay for the entire suite (2 bedrooms and 2 breakfast per day). 


The online registration form has 3 options to pay for the suite.

1) You can pay for the whole suite

(i.e. 2 bedrooms +2 breakfasts/day) Cost $632.80;

2) You can pay for half the suite

(1 bedroom + 1 breakfast/day) Cost $316.40; or

3) you can select that your suitemate is paying for the suite

and breakfasts.


No matter which choice you select please include the name

and affiliation of your suitemate so that we get the matches

right on our end.


There is also an option on the online registration form if you would like us to put you in contact with potential suite mates for the conference.


If you do not wish to stay in residence Ottawa also offers many great Hotel and AirBnB opportunities for accommodations.


Many great events have been organized for the conference including an optional pre-conference field trip and workshops, a mid-conference field trip, and an optional post-conference field trip. Read more about these events on the website below and register for them during your Online Registration process.   

Award Winners

Both CANQUA and AMQUA will be presenting their major society awards during the banquet on Friday August 10th 2018. We congratulate the recipients of the following awards  




W.A. Johnston Award

Dr. W. Richard Peltier

Department of Physics,

University of Toronto

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Aleksis Dreimanis Doctoral Scholarship

Marissa Davies

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

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Dr. Cathy Whitlock 

Montana State University

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Dr. Gifford Miller

University of Colorado-Boulder



Michelle A. Chaput 

University of Ottawa



Session: S1

The Quaternary record of aeolian systems in mid- to high-latitudes

Stephen Wolfe (Geological Survey of Canada)

Nick Lancaster (Desert Research Institute)

Session: S2

Island biogeography in a changing world: an interdisciplinary roadmap from the Quaternary


 Melissa Kemp (Harvard University)

Alexis Mychajliw (La Brea Tar Pits and Museum)

Session: S3

Empirically testing paleoglaciological hypotheses and models

Jonathan E. Cripps (Simon Fraser University)

Tracy A. Brennand (Simon Fraser University)


Session: S4

Syntheses of human-environment interactions during the Holocene

Konrad Gajewski (University of Ottawa)

Michelle Chaput (University of Ottawa)

Session: S5

Mapping the Quaternary – Advances and applications of surficial geology mapping

Kristen Kennedy (Yukon Geological Survey)

Dan Utting (Alberta Geological Survey

Alain Plouffe (Geological Survey of Canada)

Session: S6

Reducing the “Time to Science”: Data Management in the Quaternary Sciences (lightning session 5 min talks)

Simon Goring (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Michelle Chaput (University of Ottawa)

Konrad Gajewski (University of Ottawa)

Session: S7

Improving understanding of Quaternary Environments through multi-proxy, network, or statistical advances

Andria Dawson (Mt Royal University)

Simon Goring (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Session: S8

The relict permafrost environment

Trevor Porter (University of Toronto - Mississauga)

Denis Lacelle (University of Ottawa)

Duane Froese (University of Alberta)

Session: S9

Changes in the wildfire regime and impact on ecosystem structure and function

Olivier Blarquez (University of Montreal)

Nicolas Pelletier (Carleton University)

Session: S10

High-resolution Records of the Common Era

Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques (Concordia University)

Matthew Peros (Bishop's University)

Session: S11

New Perspectives on the Use of Karst Basins for Paleoenvironmental Research: Implications for Paleoclimatology, Paleontology, and Archaeology

Matthew Peros (Bishop's University)

Eduard G. Reinhardt (McMaster University)

Anna Acosta G'meiner (Environmental Consultant, Toronto)

Session: S12

Geohazard processes and impacts: Landslides, Floods, Earthquakes, Permafrost and others

Andree Blais-Stevens (NRCan)

Michael Parkhill (ERD - New Brunswick)

Greg Brooks (Natural Resources Canada)

Session: S13

The Application of Quaternary Science to Societal Issues in the 21st Century

Rolfe D. Mandel (University of Kansas)

Julio Betancourt (USGS)

Ester Sztein (The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine)

Session: S14

General Contributions


Session: S15

Reflections on John Shaw's career and contributions to geoscience

 Tracy Brennand

Peter Ashmore

Mandy Munro-Stasiuk

David Sharpe 

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Pre-Conference Workshops

* Please note this is a preliminary schedule subject to change 

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Plenary Talks

1) David McGee; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; August 8th AM:

Uncovering the hydrological history of closed basin lakes in the Americas over the past 150,000 yrs


2) Aaron Putnam; University of Maine; August 8th AM

An interhemispheric perspective on the Last Glacial Maximum


3) Ben Potter; University of Alaska Fairbanks; August 8th PM

Ancient Beringians and the colonization of northeast Asia and the Americas

4) Olivier Blarquez; Université de Montréal; August 8th PM

Late Holocene influence of societies on the fire regime in southern Quebec temperate forests


5) Valerie Trouet; University of Arizona; August 9th AM

Natural drivers of early spring Northern Hemisphere tropical belt movements over the past 800 years


6) Dick Peltier; University of Toronto; August 9th AM

The Dansgaard-Oeschger oscillation of glacial climate


7) Larisa DeSantis; Vanderbilt University; August 10th AM

Clarifying the ecology of Pleistocene predators and their prey from the La Brea Tar Pits and beyond


8) Vachel Carter; Charles University; August 10th AM

North American mega-fire synchrony: contextualizing the 2017 fire season through a paleo-perspective

9) Martin Ross; University of Waterloo; August 10th PM

A journey to the center of the glacier bed: Exploring the archives of Quaternary ice sheet interior regions

10) Nick Eyles; University of Toronto August 10th PM

Glaciotribology of drumlins and megascale glacial lineations



Getting to Ottawa

Ottawa is served by the Macdonald–Cartier International Airport with frequent flights between major international airports. The easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel or Carleton University is by Taxi or Uber. Inter-city train service is available through Via Rail and bus service through Greyhound. Ottawa is also easily accessible by car although only paid parking is available at Carleton University.  

Getting around Ottawa

Most of the conference activities will be held at Carleton University, which is located along the historic Rideau Canal and the the Rideau River. Carleton University is readily accessible by public transportation, including Ottawa's new light rail system that is scheduled to open in 2018. In addition, a number of taxi companies as well as Uber operate in the city. There is also a bike sharing program in the downtown core.    

Pre-Conference Field Trip (August 7th 2018)

Sensitive clay landslides in the Ottawa valley

Leaders: Greg Brooks and Heather Crow (Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa)

Thick deposits of glaciomarine silty-clay and clayey-silt sediments accumulated within the Champlain Sea between 13.9 and 11.5 cal ka BP and now underlie large areas of the Ottawa Valley.  These deposits are commonly geotechnically sensitive and prone to rapid, large (>1ha), retrogressive earth flows and earth spreads.  Approximately 250 sensitive clay landslides appear on surficial geology maps in the Ottawa Valley; most of the landslides are prehistoric in age.  Sensitive clay landslides are an important natural hazard regionally and caused loss of life and property. 


This one-day field trip will visit selected sensitive clay landslides west of Ottawa, including the massive Quyon Valley landslide, which is one of the largest sensitive clay landslides in eastern Canada.  Participants will learn about the Champlain Sea sediments, the geomorphology of sensitive clay landslides, and the evidence supporting paleoearthquakes as an important trigger of sensitive clay landslides. The field trip also is an excellent opportunity to see the local Quaternary geology and geomorphology of the Ottawa Valley.

Maximum of 24 participants

$80.00 per person (all prices in Canadian dollars)

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Pre-Conference Workshops (August 7th 2018)

Neotoma Workshop

Leaders: Simon Goring (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Allan Ashworth (North Dakota State University); Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University); Konrad Gajewski (University of Ottawa)

This workshop is aimed at researchers looking to use data from the multi-proxy Neotoma Paleoecological Database ( and for data managers and those interested in managing their data with and submitting their data to Neotoma.  Neotoma supports 28 data types including geochronological (e.g., 14C, 137Cs, 210Pb, and OSL dates), geochemical, geophysical, isotopic and biological proxy data. The workshop will consist of a morning session to walk participants through paleoecological workflows, highlighting the use of the new Neotoma web interface, and using R to directly access data from Neotoma in real time. Users with specific questions will be provided with assistance, code review and possible solutions to current data challenges. The afternoon will highlight Neotoma’s new DOI system, the use of Neotoma as a data management tool for grant proposals and long term archiving of paleoecological data, and how individuals can format and submit paleoecological data to Neotoma.

Free but registration for the workshop is required

Mapping the Quaternary – Advances and applications of surficial geology mapping

Leaders: Kristen Kennedy (Yukon Geological Survey); Dan Utting (Alberta Geological Survey); Alain Plouffe (Geological Survey of Canada)

This is a more technical Quaternary mapping workshop to complement the Quaternary mapping session. Participants will learn and discuss some of the latest Quaternary mapping techniques. 

Free but registration for the workshop is required

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Student Mixer and Mentoring Panel (August 8th 2018)

Mentoring Panel and Student Mixer

Panel Participants: Rolfe Mandel (University of Kansas); Tony Layzell (Kansas Geological Survey); Cathy Whitlock (Montana State University); Christopher Hill (Boise State University & National Science Foundation); Steve Wolfe (Geological Survey of Canada); Jim Teller (University of Manitoba); Kendra McLauchlan (Kansas State University & the National Science Foundation)

Want to learn more about professional development as a Quaternary scientist? An early career mentoring panel followed by a mixer event will be held at the Mill St Brew Pub. Located on the scenic Ottawa River this event will provide an opportunity for attendees to get off Carleton's campus and meet other researchers in the Quaternary community. This event is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for Quaternary Research, INQUA, AMQUA, and CANQUA.  


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Mid-Conference Field Trips (August 9th 2018; included in registration costs)

Trip M1: Deglaciation of the Outaouais region, southwestern Québec

Leaders: Robert-André Daigneault, Martin Roy, Sylvain Milette and Michel Lamothe

The objective of this fieldtrip is to outline some of the major features of the deglaciation of the Outaouais region based on sedimentary sections and associated exposures present between the cities of Gatineau and Chénéville. The following themes will be addressed: regional ice flow history, succession of ice-front positions – including the one associated with the Saint-Narcisse Moraine, and the elevation and extent of the Champlain Sea.

Free but must register for trip (max of 22 participants)

Trip M2: Bogs and Beer, Eastern Ontario

Visit Mer Bleue, a 7,700 year old bog and an important conservation and research area within Ottawa. The 3,500-hectare conservation area is one of the most studied bogs in the world and has a northern ecosystem that is more typical of the Canadian north than of the Ottawa Valley. The hikes through this landscape are relatively easy with well cleared trails and boardwalks through the bog. Following Mer Bleue we will head to Beaus brewery in Vankleek Hill to learn about and sample some of eastern Ontario's finest craft beer.  

Free but must register for trip (max of 38 participants)

Trip M3: Bedrock erosion forms, Cantley, Quebec

Leaders: Dave Sharpe and Hazen Russell

Several erosional forms on bedrock at Cantley, Quebec, differ from well-known glacial erosion forms. The forms mainly consist of hollows, depressions, and channels, which are interpreted to have been produced by rapid, sediment-laden, turbulent, meltwater flows under the glacier.  The meltwater erosion forms are different than, yet complementary to, classic erosion forms such as striations which are also present at the site.


The association of forms produced both by glaciofluvial erosion and ice abrasion suggests that the glacier was alternately lifted from, and reattached to, the bed during periodic subglacial meltwater floods. The action of such large meltwater floods on the ice sheet, streamlined landforms and down-flow landscapes will be discussed.

Free but must register for trip (max of 40 participants)

Trip M4: A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory + Parliament Hill guided tours

The André E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) Laboratory was designed for the analysis of isotopes at very low concentrations in natural materials and for research into new techniques and applications of this technology. The Lalonde Laboratory is located in University of Ottawa’s new Advanced Research Complex (ARC), a state-of-the-art, open-concept, research-only building designed to integrate students and researchers from across Canada and the world and to foster innovation and interdisciplinarity in the Geosciences and Photonics.


Following the AMS Laboratory tour, small groups will walk across and along the picturesque Rideau Canal to Canada’s Parliament for a ~40 minutes guided tour of the Centre Block. The iconic Centre Block is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament.  After the guided tour, get a bird’s eye view of the National Capital Region from the Peace Tower or visit the Memorial Chamber, which commemorates Canadians who have lost their lives in military service.

Free but must register for trip (max of 40 participants)

Trip M5: Laflèche Cave Discovery Tour and hiking trails, Val-des-Monts, Quebec

Experience the thrill of an underground trek in the vast Canadian Shield’s largest visited cave, 35 minutes from downtown Ottawa!  With geology that is accessible to everyone, the cave holds many surprises and discoveries. Its history is littered with astonishing anecdotes and mysteries.  The exploratory one-hour tour will push your limit to the maximum bringing you into narrow passage that gives access to big room never seen. Laflèche Adventure also offers clearly marked walking paths and mountain trails with scattered lookouts where the views of the Laurentian forest are simply breathtaking.

Free but must register for trip (max of 32 participants)

Trip M6: Mackenzie King Estate guided tour and Gatineau Park trails, Quebec

The Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park is a precious Canadian legacy. This 231-hectare country estate belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King. After spending almost 50 years (1903–1950) beautifying and expanding his property, King bequeathed his beloved estate to all Canadians.  From the moment you enter the Estate, you will feel as though you have been taken back to the early 1900s.  The private tour will give you the story of the Estate as told by one of the guide-interpreters from the Friends of the Gatineau Park. After the tour, take a relaxing stroll through the magnificent gardens, visit the historical ruins, or sit back and enjoy a cup of tea on the main veranda of the Mackenzie King Tearoom.  Or hike the Waterfall Trail and the Lauriault Trail for 3 km (1 hour). Several lookouts provide an opportunity to admire views of the Ottawa Valley and Ottawa River.

Free but must register for trip (max of 48 participants)

Trip M7: Ottawa City Rafting 3-hour trip

Bring your bathing suit and towel! From the sweep of the river, the Ottawa looks as majestic as when Champlain viewed it four centuries ago. This trip has everything - fun, education and just enough excitement to be thrilled at the end of the run. Starting at Britannia Beach, you practice with the guide in the flat water on the way downstream to the rapids. The trip starts off with a bang, the Deschenes Rapids. Looking back upstream, you can savor the experience and size of the rapid you just challenged. It's now time to relax a little as your guide keeps the raft in the current as you float along learning about the river. You can start to see Parliament Hill in the distance and it seems to rise magically as you paddle along.

Free but must register for trip (max of 40 participants)

Trip M8: Ottawa Bike Tour

Experience the best of Ottawa on a 2-hour Express Bike Tour (includes bicycle, helmet, a guide and water bottle).  The leisurely-relaxed 2-hour bike tour of Ottawa is about 12 kilometers (7.5 Miles) and shows you many of downtown Ottawa’s major attractions on beautiful and safe bicycle paths. Cycle through 2 provinces, see Rideau Falls, Governor General’s house at Rideau Hall and much more. After the guided tour, you will have some time to take a stroll on the By Ward Market or go for a coffee.

Free but must register for trip (max of 40 participants)

Trip M9: Ottawa Walking Tour

Canada’s bilingual capital city, Ottawa, is best explored on foot! A professional and knowledgeable guide will lead you on a 2-hour Historical Highlights walk around Ottawa’s most famous monuments explaining the city’s colourful history, its larger than life political characters and graceful architecture that lines its streets. This tour is the perfect opportunity to get to know Ottawa’s past, present and future with a entertaining and educational experience. Stops at Parliament Hill, National War Memorial, Sparks Street, Chateau Laurier, Rideau Canal, and By Ward Market.  After the guided tour, you will have some time to take a stroll on the By Ward Market or go for a coffee.

Free but must register for trip (max of 48 participants)

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Banquet (August 10th 2018)

The conference banquet will be held at Carleton University and is included in the registration fee. More details will follow.

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Post-Conference Field Trip August 11-13 2018

Subglacial bedforms in southern Ontario: from flood paths to flow sets (3 DAYS)

Leaders: : Nick Eyles (University of Toronto); Riley Mulligan (Ontario Geological Survey); Roger Paulen (Geological Survey of Canada); Shane Sookhan (University of Toronto)

Previous work has emphasized the role of ‘subglacial megafloods’ in the formation of drumlins, spillway systems, and large moraine systems in southern Ontario.  This field trip will show an alternative to why this model can be rejected by examining the geomorphic record left by former ice streams tracts within the Laurentide Ice Sheet (LIS) between Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario that can be resolved and mapped using high resolution DEMs and LiDAR imagery.  This exercise shows that deglaciation of LIS in its eastern Great Lakes sector after c. 14,400 yrs BP saw the onset of several fast flowing ice streams in southern Ontario and adjacent parts of New York State (NYS). This event postdates deposition of the Valley Heads Moraine at the southern Finger Lakes in NYS and is coeval with the previously recognized St. Lawrence Ice Stream flowing east to the Gulf of St. Lawrence pointing to region-wide reorganisation of flow within the ice sheet.  Regional warming during the Bölling-Alleröd warm interval, topographic confinement and the presence of large ice frontal lakes appear to have been keys to the onset of fast flow.  Ice stream corridors are recorded by megascale glacial lineations on rock and sediment indicating a common erosional origin; they are part of a bedform continuum with drumlins; ‘channeled drumlins’ are an intermediate morphotype recording lowering of high standing asperities (drumlins) to form a lower relief megalineated bed. The 160 km long Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) was formed between the convergence of the Simcoe and Halton ice streams just after 13,300 yrs BP preceding the formation of glacial Lake Iroquois. New subsurface data from ORM from deep drilling also inspires a review of past models and supports the new paradigm of LIS deglacial history.

$565/participant (includes coach bus, accommodations, 2 lunches and drinks); Max 40 participants

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