2012 Annual Conference and Field Trip

GANJ XXIX: Geology of Public Lands

Friday October 12th and Saturday October 13th, 2012
Great Swamp Environmental Education Center, Lord Stirling Park, Bernards Twp., Morris. County


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The 29th Annual Geological Association of New Jersey (GANJ) conference and field trip will focus on the use of public lands to advance geologic education in New Jersey.   

The teachers’ workshop will be the first ever New Jersey geologic field site information exchange.  This interactive workshop will identify favorite locations that illustrate geologic concepts and/or the geology of New Jersey for students from kindergarten through college.  Participants should bring site location maps and geologic descriptions of features there for students to see, along with photographs and examples of exercises or research students can complete at that site.  Please email Jane Alexander of the College of Staten Island/CUNY and GANJ President if you would like to contribute to this workshop or have any questions (  After the conference, GANJ hopes to use this information to make an online resource for teachers looking for geologic field trip locations. 

Speakers for this year are from New Jersey and New York academic and research organizations.  They have conducted much of their geologic research on public lands.  Presentations will span the geologic provinces represented in New Jersey, with talks on the Precambrian rocks of the New Jersey Highlands, paleontology in the Ridge and Valley Province, Glacial Lake Passaic features in the Piedmont, and environmental management on the Coastal Plain. 

Our keynote speaker is Richard G. Lathrop, Jr., Director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University.  Dr. Lathrop edited The Highlands:  Critical Resources, Treasured Landscapes in 2011.  The Highlands are a prominent geologic and hydrogeologic topic, especially since the 2004 Highlands Protection and Planning Act, a law that addresses issues of land use, natural resource protection, and water supplies.  Dr. Lathrop will be available to sign copies of the book and will have a limit number available for purchase.  Copies may be purchased in advance from Rutgers University Press.         

Following Dr. Lathrop’s presentation will be GANJ’s annual dinner and business meeting with the election of GANJ officers for 2012-2013.  We have a very nice venue for the dinner meeting – the Ridge Tavern in beautiful Basking Ridge, only a few miles from the Environmental Education Center.         

Saturday’s field trip has stops at state and community public lands in the Highlands and Piedmont.  We will visit and discuss glacial geology at the Environmental Education Center, Precambrian rocks at Round Valley Recreation Area and along hiking trails in Chester, NJ, and the geologic contact between the sedimentary rocks of the Jurassic Feltville Formation and the Orange Mountain Basalt of the First Watchung Mountain. 



Friday October 12th:

11:00-4:00     Registration

11:30-12:30   Teacher Workshop – New Jersey Field Site Information Exchange - Jane Alexander, College of Staten Island/CUNY, and GANJ President        

1:00-1:20      Welcoming Remarks/Conference Overview –Jane Alexander, GANJ President - College of Staten Island/CUNY
1:20-1:40      Paleozoic Trace Fossils from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area - Robert Metz, Kean University
1:40-2:00       Geology along the Trail across Mount Paul Memorial County Park, Chester, New Jersey - John Puffer - Rutgers University Newark
2:00-2:20       Telling the Story of Glacial Lake Passaic Using Public Lands - Scott Standford, NJ Geological Survey
2:20-2:40       break
2:40-3:00       Geology of Round Valley Recreation Area:  The Complex Interplay of Metamorphic, Magmatic and Tectonic Processes - Richard Volkert, NJ Geological Survey
3:00-3:20       Soil Survey of Crooke’s Point, Gateway National Recreation Area as a Guide for Vegetation Management - Amanda Rollizo, College of Staten Island/CUNY
3:20-3:40       New Jersey’s Public Lands:  An Invaluable Resource for Geology Education - Emma Rainforth, Ramapo College
3:45-4:45       Keynote Address: Richard G. Lathrop, Jr., Rutgers University

6:00         Dinner and Business Meeting   - The Ridge Tavern, Basking Ridge NJ


Saturday, October 13th   - Meet at Great Swamp EEC, Bernards Twp, NJ


Field Trip:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  

The Saturday field trip will visit state, county and township parks displaying rocks of all four geologic provinces. .   

Professional Development/Continuing Education Credits

If attendance at the GANJ annual meeting is considered by your school or other organization as an acceptable professional development activity, GANJ will provide annual meeting certificates of attendance.  Four (4) hours will be credited for the Friday presentations and six (6) hours for Saturday’s field trip.  If you will need a certificate of attendance, note this with your registration form.

Nominations for the
GANJ 2012-2013 Executive Board

Nominees for the GANJ executive board were solicited from the GANJ membership in the Spring Newsletter.  Nominees are all individuals who had been contacted by the person nominating them and had agreed to serve.  The board presents the following list of candidates and will seek election of the entire slate by voice vote at the annual meeting.  If anyone would like to make a nomination for future service, including a self-nomination, please contact any existing board member.  Current board members can also answer questions regarding specific duties of the various positions.  Please consider volunteering your time and energy to serve.  We meet about once every four (4) to six (6) weeks.  Members are also invited to suggest ideas for future meeting themes, locations, and presenters.

The board would like to thank Jane Alexander, College of Staten Island / CUY, as she completes her three (3) year term as President. 

President-Elect: Nurdan S. Duzgoren-Aydin, New Jersey City University
Responsibilities: A three (3) year position (as President-Elect, President and Past-President) where during the first year one learns the responsibilities of the President, the second year is responsible for organizing the annual meeting and field trip, and the third year assists the President by sharing past experiences.

Treasurer:  Emma Rainforth, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position (with the understanding of serving multiple years) keeping track of the organization’s finances.

Membership Secretary:  Suzanne Macaoay Ferguson, Sadat Associates
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position (with the understanding of serving multiple years) maintaining the membership database.

Recording Secretary:   Stephen J. Urbanik, NJDEP  
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position recording minutes at the executive board and annual meetings, preparing the bi-annual newsletters, and tracking correspondence.

Councilors at Large (three (3) positions):
Pierre Lacombe, U.S. Geological Survey
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Responsibilities: A one (1) year position assisting other members of the board as needed and learning the organization’s operations in order to possibly serve in another position of the executive board. 

Publications Committee:
Matthew l. Gorring, Montclair State University
Gregory Herman, New Jersey Geological Survey
Michael J. Hozik, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Currently Elected Officers:  
President: Alan Benimoff, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Past President: Jane Alexander, College of Staten Island/CUNY


Environmental Education Center, Great Swamp, Lord Stirling Park; 190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge NJ

Driving Directions are available at the Great Swamp website


Each conference attendee is responsible for his/her own lodging.  Due to the large number of facilities in the area, special arrangements/group discounts have not been established. 

Meeting Sponsorship

GANJ invites support of the annual meeting through sponsorship ($250.00).  Sponsors receive recognition in the proceedings volume and on the GANJ web site for a year.  More important is the opportunity to support geologic education in New Jersey.  If interested, please contact a board member.  Thank you again to our 2011-2012 sponsors.


GANJ is also accepting advertisements from geologically-oriented entities (e.g., universities, environmental consulting firms, environmental laboratories, well drilling firms, etc.). For $15.00, a copy of your business card will be included in the annual meeting proceedings volume. If interested, please contact a board member.


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