Continental Crises of the Jurassic: Major Extinction events and Environmental Changes within Lacustrine Ecosystems
5th Symposium of IGCP 632
Jurassic Tropical to Polar Biotic and Climatic Transects
Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA: September, 28 - October, 2, 2017

(Fieldtrip: September, 28-30) (Symposium: October, 1-2)






Invitation Letter

Registration and Payment

Getting to Flagstaff


The 5th Symposium

The 5th Symposium of IGCP 632 is planned for the Sunday and Monday of October 1 and 2, 2017 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. Flagstaff sits near the south end of the Colorado Plateau, which has spectacular exposures of largely continental Triassic and Jurassic sequences. Flagstaff is also close to the famous Grand Canyon that cuts down to a depth of over 1.6 km deep along a 433-km-long course. This symposium will focus on, but is not limited to, continental events and processes in the Jurassic world and their relation with the marine record along transects from the Jurassic tropics to the poles, including the Triassic-Jurassic, Toarcian, and Jurassic-Cretaceous events.

The overall scope of IGCP 632 focuses on the global aspect of Jurassic climate, biota and the correlation between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. It is supported by the International GeoScience Program of UNESCO, along with the IUGS.

Above: Black Canyon near the south entrance to Zion National Park. Purple units at the base of the exposures are fluvial Late Triassic (Norian-Rhaetian) Chinle Formation. Overlying is the slope-forming fluvial and lacustrine ?latest Triassic-Early Jurassic (?Rhaetian-Hettangian-Sinemurian) Moenave Formation. The small cliff in the middle is the fluvial Springdale Sandstone Member of the Early Jurassic (Sinemurian-Toarcian) Kayenta Formation, the fluvial and lacustrine remainder of which forms the overlying slope. The steep cliffs in the background are eolian sandstones of the Early-?Middle Jurassic (Toarcian-?Aalenian) Navajo Sandstone. The Navajo Sandstone comprises one of the largest sand-sea formations in the world.


The pre-meeting field trip (September 28-30) will examine spectacular outcrops of largely continental Triassic-Jurassic boundary through Jurassic-Cretaceous sections on and around the Colorado Plateau. We will look at sites that exemplify the various formations that provide critical time control.


Abstract deadline was August 1, 2017, but abstract s can still be accepted on a linited basis until September 1.

Official Language is English
Abstract can be no more than 2500 characters, not including spaces
Title can be no more than 200 characters, not including spaces
No figures

Please send the abstracts as a Microsoft Word document to:

Paul E. Olsen

Use a subject line of  “abstract for IGCP 632 – 5th”


Registration: $500 USD
(includes abstract book, meeting, lunches during meeting and banquet)

Fieldtrip: $525 USD (three days)
(includes guidebook, transportation, lodging [double occupancy, singles extra], bag lunches)

All costs not listed in the above will be the responsibility of the participants, including lodging for the symposium.
We will provide recommendations for transportation to and from the airport as well as a list of possible hotels.

Invitation Letter

An invitation letter will be sent to you upon request to:

Registration and Payment

Payment: Payment may be made using credit cards through EventBright. Click here to pay (

Payment can also be made on site but only in cash United States Dollars (USD)

Getting to Flagstaff and the symposium and the fieldtrip

Fieldtrip departure and return locations: The field trip will depart from and return to the Musum of Northern Arizona at 8:00 AM on September 28 and end on September 30, and therefore if you are planning on going on the field trip you must arrive on September 27. Further details to be announced shortly.

Symposium: The symposium will begin at 9:00 AM on October 1 and end on October 2.  Therefore if you are planning on just going on to the symposium, you should arrive on September 30. It may be possible to leave the evening of October 2 (especially if you are driving), but probably easier to depart on October 3. Further details to be announced shortly.

Flagstaff: It is possible to fly directly into the Flagstaff, Arizona airport (Flagstaff Pulliam Airport: FLG). It is possible to fly directly into the Flagstaff, Arizona airport (Flagsaff Pulliam Airport: FLG). American Airlines and several other airlines have flights from Phoenix Arizona International Airport (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: PHX). Thus, if you wish to fly directly to Flagstaff, you should have a connection through Phoenix.

Link to Flagsaff Pulliam Airport (FLG);
American Airlines have flights to Phoenix.

Another option is to fly into Los Angeles and take the the train (Amtrak) from Union Station. It takes abour 10:30 hr to get from Los Angels by train.


Some participants may want to rent a car in some other major city within a few hours drive of Flagstaff and drive on their own. Las Vegas, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Albuquerque, New Mexico are good options and many international flights arrive there.

Approximate driving times to Flagstaff are as follows:

Las Vegas, Nevada to Flagstaff: 4:30 hours
Albuquerque, New Mexico,: 5:00 hours
Salt Lake City, Utah to Flagstaff: 8:30 hours

Map of United States. Red dot is location of Flagstaff. Red box is map below.

Getting from Flagsaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) to your hotel

We will arrange transportation from and to the airport, via a van driven by one of the field trip leaders. You must tell us your arrival and departure times in advance. Send to Paul Olsen:


Field Trip

September 27: Arrival and Field Trip
A block of rooms has been reserved (double occupancy) September 27 at the Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff (300 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 8600. Phone: (928) 773-4900) If you have made other arrangements please email P. Olsen ( as soon as possible. Cost is included in Field Trip Fee.

September 28: Field Trip
A block of rooms has been reserved (double occupancy) at the Quality Inn, Red Cliffs (912 W Red Cliffs Dr, Washington, UT 84780. Phone: (435) 673-3537). Cost is included in Field Trip Fee.

September 29: Field Trip
A block of rooms has been reserved (double occupancy) at two hotels in Moab, Utah, because of limited availability.
1) Moab Valley Inn (711 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532. Phone: (800) 831-6622).
2) Hotel Moab Downtown (182 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532: Phone: (435) 259-7141)
Cost is included in Field Trip Fee.

September 30: End of Field Trip
We will be returning to the Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff (300 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 8600. Phone: (928) 773-4900).

Symposium: September 30, October 1 – 2

Rooms are reserved at the Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff (300 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 8600. Phone: (928) 773-4900), double occupancy. Cost is $88.25 per night per room, per person. That is a total of $264.75 for 3 nights that can be paid at arrival in cash, please.

Arrival is September 30, departure October 3.

Availability is extremely limited in Flagstaff, but if you have made other arrangements and want to keep them or what a single room (at 176.5 / night at the Drury Inns & Suites) please email P. Olsen ( as soon as possible.


Other Links
IGCP 632 (
International GeoScience Program (
Museum of Northern Arizona
IGCP 632 project leaders: Jingeng Sha (China), Vivi Vajda (Sweden), Paul E. Olsen (USA), Emma  Msaky (Tanzania), Mohammed Et-Touhami (Morocco), Olena Shevchuk (Ukraine), Hamish Campbell (New Zealand), Wolfram M. Kuerschner (Norway).