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 two meetings each year, of which one is commonly in association with the meetings of the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), the Geological Society of America (GSA), or the American Geophysical Union (AGU). This committee organizes a series of biennial “Teaching Climate Change” teaching workshops in collaboration with On The Cutting Edge and AMQUA. The most recent workshop was held in Duluth, MN, in June 2012. 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, most recently, as a self-standing mentoring activity at the 2012 AMQUA meeting.
Upcoming INQUA Funding Deadline - January 30, 2014
INQUA funding is designed to support and facilitate activities that are considered priorities by its Commissions. Commissions sponsor applications for funding and support is allocated by the INQUA Executive. There are three categories for INQUA funding: funding for International Focus Groups (IFGs), funding for projects, and funding for skills enhancement. For more details, please consult the INQUA Funding Applications and Guidelines website.
2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014
The symposium will examine high-latitude changes causally linked to mid-latitude weather, and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event is spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences. More details can be found on the event page.
2013 AAAS Symposium - "U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
Sponsored by the four USNCs for the Earth Sciences and spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research. This session provided both current and paleoclimatic perspectives on the nature of recent extreme climate and weather events and their societal and ecological impacts, with a focus on the United States. The symposium was held February 15, 2013 at the AAAS meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about this meeting, including a list of speakers, please visit here.
Teaching Climate Change using Large Lakes
The 2012 teaching climate workshop was held June 19-20 in conjunction with the AMQUA Biennial Meeting. Co-sponsored by the USNC/INQUA, this workshop introduced participants to an array of data that was gathered from large lakes and used to study past climates and predict future climate changes. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine cores and historic images and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. It also included an optional field trip that combined a tour of working core and research labs with a cruise on Lake Superior on the research vessel Blue Heron. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program.
- Steve Colman, University of Minnesota Duluth
- Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
- Rolfe Mandel, University of Kansas
- Alison Smith, Kent State University
USNC/INQUA Vice Chair
- Ester Sztein, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences
- Katryn Wiese, Department of Earth Sciences, City College of San Francisco
- Greg Wiles, The College of Wooster
Mentoring Event for Early Career Scientists at the American Quaternary Association Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota on Saturday, June 23
The USNC/INQUA organized a lunch hour mentoring event on Saturday, June 23rd, 1:00-2:00 pm during the AMQUA meeting in Duluth, MN (http://www.cce.umn.edu/American-Quaternary-Association-Meeting/). The event was open to students and early-career scientists, and began with a panel of senior scientists describing research opportunities and ways for the participants to get their careers started. The participants then broke into groups according to their area of interest for roundtable discussions led by members of the USNC/INQUA and other senior scientists. This allowed the early career scientists to network with others with similar interests. Rolfe Mandel (USNC Chair), Art Bettis (USNC member and incoming AMQUA President), and Ester Sztein (The National Academies) organized this event.
INQUA Early Career Researcher Activities
INQUA has established an Early Career Researchers Committee (INQUA ECR) to support and connect young scientists and help them to become involved in INQUA activities. From December 2nd – 6th, 2013 the inaugural INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress was held in 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. Details can be found on 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. You may also email Jenn Marlon at email@example.com for more information.
2012 AAAS Symposium - “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels”
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2012 AAAS Symposium - “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"
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Teaching Climate Change from the Geologic Record
This August 2010 workshop introduced participants to a variety of paleoclimate records and examined how they are collected, analyzed, and interpreted. The workshop provided hands-on opportunities to examine fossils and use public-domain databases to develop classroom teaching exercises. Read the workshop overview | View the workshop program
Contact the USNC/INQUA
Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate
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