The GCSSEPM Organization
The GCSSEPM comprises two autonomous but closely associated organizations: the the Gulf Coast Section of the SEPM (GCSSEPM), which was established in 1953, and The GCSSEPM Foundation, which was established in 1981.
The Gulf Coast Section is the largest section of SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and is likely the most active. It was established for the purpose of "promoting the science of stratigraphy in the Gulf Coast states through research in paleontology and sedimentary petrology, especially as it relates to petroleum geology." The GCSSEPM hasan active Executive Council for governing affairs, bylaws, and representatives in the business community. The most important activities that occur throughout the year are cosponsoring the GCAGS annual convention and its published Transactions, and producing the annual Perkins-Rosen GCSSEPM Research Conferences and Conference Proceedings volumes. Learn more about the GCSSEPM's history, activities, and officers here.
The GCSSEPM Foundation serves as a trust for sponsoring research and research-related activities, including research grants, seminars, conferences, symposia, publications, and programs of continuing education in stratigraphy and the related sciences of paleontology and sedimentary petrology. The Foundation supports these activities through tax-exempt donations from corporations and individual patrons, and through fees from conference registrations and publication sales. Learn more about The Foundation, its activities, and trustees here.
The Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (GCSSEPM), a section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), was established in 1953 to promote the science of stratigraphy in the Gulf Coast states through research in paleontology, sedimentology, and sedimentary petrology, especially as it relates to petroleum geology. Over time, the section has expanded its scope to promote all geological sciences that help explorationists and academic researchers better understand depositional systems, petroleum systems, reservoir development, and related depositional and plate tectonic controls. Once focused primarily on the Gulf of Mexico, the GCSSEPM now encourages examination of these issues world-wide and promotes the exchange of geological concepts.
GCSSEPM reaches out to the general public through participation in nationwide Earth Science Week programs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, by engaging the public with microscopes and specimens to examine, along with interactive demonstrations. The Section occasionally offers free courses for college students. GCSSEPM is closely associated with the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) and each year co-sponsors the GCAGS-GCSSEPM Convention with the local host geological society.
The GCSSEPM Foundation was founded in 1981. Each year the Foundation holds a research conference in December, provides fellowship grants for deserving students as well as professorial projects, and supports other societies in time of need.