The U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research (USNC/INQUA) represents the interests of the U.S. Quaternary community in INQUA, advances Quaternary research both in the United States and abroad, and formally represents the United States in INQUA through the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to INQUA.
The USNC/INQUA plans and arranges for U.S. participation in INQUA congresses and programs. The INQUA congresses are held every four years and provide the only forum in which the multidisciplinary, international Quaternary research community can collaborate and exchange ideas. The committee normally holds one meeting each year.
This committee has organized a series of biennial “Teaching Climate Change” teaching workshops in collaboration with On The Cutting Edge and AMQUA. This committee is also active in the organization of scientific sessions at professional society meetings with the other U.S. National Committees for Geosciences, and is very interested in supporting the development of early career Quaternary scientists through mentoring activities linked to its travel fellowship programs, and through stand-alone mentoring activities at the AMQUA meetings.
Congratulations to Cathy Whitlock, New NAS Member
The U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research extends heartfelt congratulations to Cathy Whitlock, who became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018. Dr. Whitlock is the immediate past chair of the USNC/INQUA.
CANQUA/AMQUA 2018 Accepts USNC/INQUA Session
The Canadian and American Quaternary Associations will meet jointly at CANQUA/AMQUA 2018 from August 7-11 in Ottawa, Canada. The USNC/INQUA will be hosting a session at the meeting entitled, "The Application of Quaternary Science to Societal Issues in the 21st Century," organized by Rolfe Mandel, Julio Betancourt, and Ester Sztein.
USNC/INQUA Session at the 2017 GSA Annual Meeting
An oral topical session, "A Call to Arms: Applying Quaternary Science in the 21st Century," was led by USNC/INQUA Chair Rolfe D. Mandel (University of Kansas) and USNC/INQUA member Julio Betancourt (USGS). This session addressed how profound environmental, technological, and societal trends and their interactions pose formidable consequences, requiring a repurposing and retooling of applied Quaternary science.
This session was sponsored by the U.S. National Committee-International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA); the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA); the GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; the GSA Geology & Society Division; the GSA Soils IIG; and the GSA Environmental & Engineering Geology Division.
Next INQUA Congress to be Held in Dublin
The 20th meeting of the INQUA Congress will take place from July 25 through July 31, 2019. Congress organizers are already accepting preliminary session ideas that ideally fit with the theme, "Life of the Edge." A list of topics already under consideration is located on the INQUA 2019 website.
For regular updates leading up to the Congress, you can subscribe to the INQUA 2019 newsletter.
24th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association: June 28-July 1, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico
The 24th AMQUA Biennial Meeting addressed the theme "Retooling the Quaternary to Manage the Anthropocene," and kicked off on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 with three field trips addressing ongoing research in the area.
Over two and a half days, 25 invited plenary speakers addressed different aspects of the "Retooling" challenges. The remaining presentations were contributed posters, which were featured in one-minute lightning talks (1-2 slides) during the technical program and remain up for the entirety of the meeting. For more information, please visit http://www.amqua2016santafe.com.
ECR Presentations and Posters Earn Awards at 2016 INQUA Early Career Conference and Summer School
Five early career researchers took home awards for their original work at this summer's INQUA ECR Conference and Summer School in Reading, UK. The summer school, held September 5--9, 2016, presented the next opportunity for young palaeo-observational and climate-modeling researchers, featuring hands-on training, conference sessions, and practical activities. More details can be found on the University of Reading Tropical Palaeoecology Research Group Blog and the Summer School website.
The INQUA ECR was established to support and connect young scientists and help them to become involved in INQUA activities. The most recent INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress was held December 2 through December 6, 2013, at Wollongong University, New South Wales, Australia. The meeting provided an avenue for MSc/PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers, and research-active academics in the early stage of their careers (within 5 years of obtaining their PhD) to attend valuable workshops designed to assist ECRs with career development, to present their science, and to gain invaluable mentoring from more senior scientists. For details, visit the INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress meeting website.
To become involved in INQUA ECR, please visit and "Like" the INQUA ECR on Facebook to share links and find jobs! You can also follow INQUA ECR on Twitter through @INQUA_ECR. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
INQUA Executive Committee Members Convene in Washington, DC
INQUA Executive Committee members and USNC/INQUA senior program officer Ester Sztein
at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
From Wednesday, March 16 through Friday, March 18, 2016, members of the INQUA Executive Committee held their annual meeting at the National Academies' Keck Center. Agenda topics included the review of current and future union and commission activities, review of international proposals, and plans for communications outreach. The EC members also enjoyed a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, March 15, where they examined fossil specimens and toured the Hall of Human Evolution. On Thursday, the committee members attended a talk given by Becca Peixotto, a PhD student at American University, who was part of the recent Homo naledi excavation team in South Africa.
For regular INQUA news updates, visit the INQUA Blog.
Contact the USNC/INQUA
Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate
|SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS|
|2016 AGU Session (PDF):|
"The U.S. Government Role in Preserving Geoscience Sample and Data Collections"
December 16, 2015 AGU Session (PDF):
"Arctic Science Diplomacy: Opportunities for International Collaboration and Policy-Engaged Scholarship" by Ester Sztein and Melody Brown Burkins
February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”
December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”
February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”
February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"
February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"
February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”
February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"
December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”
February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"
September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"
February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”