StraboSed Virtual Workshop

June 22-26, 2020

Good news for the sedimentary community!

You are invited to a free, one-week virtual workshop on how to use the NSF-EarthCube sponsored StraboSpot digital field notebook and data management system for sedimentological data and stratigraphic sections. The system works on iPads/Android devices and through the StraboSpot website (see for more info).

Leaders: Margie Chan (Utah), Diane Kamola (Kansas), Liz Hajek (Penn State), Casey Duncan (Utah), and Basil Tikoff (Wisconsin)

Date: Week of June 22, 2020 (while you have no other field commitments!)

Format: The workshop is designed to introduce you to StraboSpot and enable you to develop a good working knowledge of its capabilities for teaching and research. There will be 3 sessions of ~1.5hrs. each: M, T, F morning (8am PT, 9am MT, 10am CT, 11am ET). W and Th are for you to complete your own stratigraphic sections, and there will be a staffed Help Desk to answer questions. We encourage teams of “field partners” (any combination of faculty, students, assistants, etc.) to participate. As an added incentive, we will be able to provide a limited number of small ($200) stipends for teams that complete and upload stratigraphic columns to the StraboSpot webpage at the end of the workshop. We anticipate a time commitment of ~ 10 hours for the entirety of the short course (4.5 hrs. workshop time plus additional 4-6+ hrs. for your own explorations).

Who: We welcome any faculty, students, or individuals interested in sedimentary geology data collection. Please help us spread the word and share this with anyone who might be interested. This program may be very helpful for those who will be teaching online/virtual sedimentary geology classes!

Why Strabo?: StraboSpot is a field data collection web and mobile app for Android and iOS devices that permits high-level data collection for research and teaching. The app covers clastic, carbonate, evaporite, and other sedimentary rock types and facilitates collection, organization, and sharing of typical sedimentary field and core data. The vocabulary-based structure makes it is possible to standardize and organize a back-end database that can capture, sort, and share sedimentologic/stratigraphic data that is typically stored only in field notebooks. The same structure also makes the app useful for teaching applications, guiding students through traditional workflows and reinforcing hierarchy of sedimentary terms.

Community support: This virtual workshop is sponsored by NSF, and endorsed by the GSA Sedimentary Geology Division, the GSA Geoinformatics Division, and SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

Sign up: Please register with Casey Duncan ( by Jun 15, 2020!

StraboSed Virtual Workshop

Strabo Field Workshop for Petrology

There is a StraboSpot demonstration trip led by Allen Glazner for the Petrology part of StraboSpot.


Here is the schedule:


Saturday, Oct 6: gather at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) by noon for departure to Bishop. Lodging at Owens Valley Station of the White Mountain Research Center (

Sunday, Oct 7 and Monday, Oct 8: Field and classroom projects involving Strabo.

Tuesday, Oct 9: Depart Owens Valley Station for Crooked Creek Station; project en route in the White Mountains.

Wednesday, Oct 10: Field project and wrap-up.

Thursday, Oct 11: Depart Crooked Creek Station for Reno; arrive Reno by 4 p.m.

Strabo Field Workshop for Petrology

Early 2018 Informational Poster

This poster was shown at several conferences including the Geologic Mapping Forum in Minneapolis, MN and the Digital Mapping Techniques (DMT) workshop in Lexington, KY. The first panel (on the left) gives an overview of all the components in StraboSpot- a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices and an online graph database. The middle panel showcases features of the mobile app and projects (including University of Kansas Field Camp) where StraboSpot has been used. The right panel deals with how the data is stored within a graph database and shows the interoperability of StraboSpot with ArcGIS and QGIS. MN_Poster_v3

Early 2018 Informational Poster