The Shreveport Geological Society is proud to host the 68th Annual Convention of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Join us in Shreveport, Louisiana, September 30 - October 2, 2018.


Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsoring the 2018 GCAGS Annual Convention is an excellent way to make your organization more visible to Gulf Coast geoscientists and companies.

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Downtown Shreveport

Welcome to the lively center of our bustling city! Shreveport offers a unique vantage point for this year's convention theme: "Energy! Ready for the next round." It's the perfect place to learn from the past and share ideas for the future, and we can't wait for you to join us in this endeavor.

Shreveport Convention Center and the Hilton Shreveport

The Hilton Shreveport is located in the heart of downtown, connected to the Shreveport Convention Center, site of GCAGS 2018. A modern hotel with all the amenities you’ve grown to expect from Hilton (heated rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center, three on-site restaurants, business center), the Hilton is located within walking (or complimentary shuttle) distance of the Red River and Boardwalk, Festival Plaza (which will house the Red River Revel Arts Festival during the convention), Sci-Port Discovery Center, and the brand-new Aquarium.

The convention rate is $119 for a single or double room, $129 for triple occupancy, $139 for quad. Suites are also being offered based on availability. Rates do not include applicable taxes (currently 15.6%). Reservations may be made by calling reservations, 1–800–HILTONS, the calling the hotel directly at 1-318-698-0900; be certain to mention “Geological Societies” and “GCAGS 2018.” Or easier yet, click here to go directly to GCAGS 2018’s custom reservations page.

The discount deadline is September 14, 2018, after which rooms will be released for general booking and the special rate may no longer be available. Don’t delay—reservations are open now!

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Things to Do

Art. Shopping. Food. Fun. Downtown Shreveport has it all - in walking distance! Get some ideas:


Our Team

The 2018 GCAGS board members and committee chairmen bring innovative plans and years of experience to the table. 



Ralph Richardson

Vice President

Secretary & Treasurer
David Benscoter

General Chairman
Alan Brittain

Vice Chairman: GCAGS

GCAGS Exec. Secretary
Kate Kipper

GCAGS Continuity Committee
Dallas Dunlap

GCAGS Convention Consultant
Bruce Lemmon

Technical Committees

Technical Program/Oral Session: GCAGS
Zach McDonald


Core Presentation
Scott Martin

Field Trips
David Williamson

Transactions Editor
James J. Willis

Transactions: GCAGS Co-Editor
Scott Comegys

Transactions: Associate Editors
 Mary Barrett
Roger Berg
Wesley Brown
Scott Caswell
Melinda Faulkner
Michael T. Roberts

General Committees


Alumni Functions

Announcement Brochure/Pocket Program
Greg Zerrahn


Audio-Visual Speakers Assistance
Sam Kalmbach

Daryl Fultz

Coordinator with Other Societies

All Convention Luncheon
Donna Walker

Employment Assistance

Kevin Hill


Kevin Hill

Judging/Awards GCAGS
Mark Dunham

Printing & Publications
Scott Comegys

Prospect Expo/Exhibits
Bruce Lemmon

Simeon Horton

Content Cortese

Science Theatre

Short Courses
Miles McDowell

Speakers and Judges Breakfast
Robin Smith

Sporting Events
Anthony Spano

Spouse Activities

Gary Abrams

Annie Green

Rachel McNerney