Lake Bonneville Geologic Conference and Short Course

With the publication in 2016 of the “Lake Bonneville: A Scientific Update” book, the Utah Geological Survey is interested in bringing together the geologic community to review and discuss relevant research in the Lake Bonneville basin. The goal of the conference and short course was twofold: (1) to provide a setting for the review and discussion of Lake Bonneville/Great Salt Lake geologic research, and (2) provide education and networking opportunities for the local geologic community.

Please contact Adam McKean with questions (801-537-3386 or

2018 Lake Bonneville Geologic Conference & Short Course

The conference covered geologic topics related to pre-Bonneville Quaternary lakes, Lake Bonneville, the Gilbert episode, and Great Salt Lake. The meeting included technical presentations, poster sessions, and group discussions to disseminate and discuss the results of current research and consensus about the overall geologic stratigraphy and chronology.

Conference Meeting Schedule:
Day 1: October 3rd, 2018

  • Lake Bonneville and Great Salt Lake Introduction (Keynote: Jack Oviatt)
  • Pre-Bonneville and Lake Bonneville
  • Bonneville Salt Flats
  • Pleistocene and Holocene Carbonates of Lake Bonneville and Great Salt Lake: Windows to the Past?

Day 2: October 4th, 2018

  • Overflow and Termination Phases of Lake Bonneville (Keynote: David Miller)
  • Paleolimnology and Stratigraphy of Pilot Valley, Utah
  • Quaternary Paleoclimate/Glaciation

Short Course: October 5-6, 2018

A comprehensive proceedings volume, including the conference agenda; available technical session PowerPoint presentations, most with an accompanying abstract or short paper; poster presentations; and short course presentations were published as UGS Miscellaneous Publication 170 [see Publications at right].


Please contact Adam McKean, UGS Project Geologist, with any questions at (801) 537-3386 or


Proceedings Volume: 2018 Lake Bonneville Conference + Short Course
Edited by William R. Lund, Adam P. McKean, and Steve D. Bowman, Utah Geological Survey. Miscellaneous Publication 170, variously paginated.

Proceedings Volume (PDF)
Day 1, Sessions 1-4 (PDF)
Day 2, Sessions 5-8 (PDF)
Short Course (PDF)
Posters (ZIP)