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Special Events Tuesday Evening Public Lecture
**If you were not able to reserve a seat for Dr. Stephen Brusatte's lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Tuesday, October 16, please note that the talk will be live-streamed into another room at the museum for overflow visitors. There is no charge to attend in the overflow room. Dr. Brusatte will also be available to chat and sign books after his talk. Additionally, the museum will have their Back to the Bones and Picturing the Past exhibits open to the public for free immediately before and after the lecture.**
Speaker: Dr. Steve Brusatte
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Lecture Title: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
Speaker Bio:
Steve is an early career palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a noted specialist on the anatomy, genealogy, and evolution of dinosaurs. He has led fieldwork expeditions around the world and described more than 15 new species of dinosaurs, including the tyrannosaurs Qianzhousaurus (‘Pinocchio rex’) and Timurlengia and the dromaeosaurs Zhenyuanlong and Balaur. Steve has published 110 papers (4128 citations, h index=36), including three in Science, one in Nature, and three in PNAS. His most notable work has shown that dinosaurs gradually rose to prominence, that tyrannosaurs originated as humble human-sized carnivores but then developed large brains and sophisticated senses that enabled them to evolve huge size and ecological dominance, that birds gradually evolved from dinosaurs for over 100+ million years but then started to diversify rapidly once they developed the ability to fly, that some dinosaurs were in decline prior to their extinction, but that on the whole the dinosaur extinction was rapid. He has secured over $3 million in grant funding, including a prestigious ERC Starting Grant (2018-2023, €1,418,195) to study the rise of mammals after the dinosaur extinction, a project based largely on fieldwork in the Paleocene of New Mexico in collaboration with Dr. Tom Williamson.

Steve is co-director of the Edinburgh MScR course in Palaeobiology and Evolution and leads the Vertebrate Palaeontology Research Group in Edinburgh, where he supervises a team of two postdocs, 8 PhD students, and three Master’s students. Steve co-founded PalAlba, a consortium of academics, collectors, and government officials working together to preserve Scotland’s fossil heritage. He is also a respected teacher, with nine University of Edinburgh Teaching Award nominations.

Steve is a keen popularizer of science. He has written seven books, including a leading textbook (Dinosaur Paleobiology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and six books for kids (most notably the giant coffee table book Dinosaurs, Quercus, 2008). In 2018 he will publish his first adult pop science book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, which chronicles the origin, evolution, and extinction of the dinosaurs (US publisher: William Morrow, also Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, and UK editions). He writes for many popular science publications, including Scientific American (five articles, including two cover articles, in 2015-2018), BBC Focus, Highlights for Children, and BA High Life Magazine. Since 2012, Steve has been the ‘resident palaeontologist’ for the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs program, which has included consulting on the 2013 blockbuster film and a giant screen spin-off for museums, and a lead consultant position for a planned revamp of the landmark television series. Steve appears often on television: he was a presenter for the National Geographic Channel’s T. rex Autopsy (2015), and appeared in the BBC/NOVA program The Day the Dinosaurs Died (2017), ITV’s Dinosaur Britain (2015), and many other recent programs. Steve has done hundreds of radio interviews, including several appearances on BBC4’s Today, NPR, Quirks and Quarks, and The Science Show (Australia). In October 2017 he was a panellist on Radio 4’s In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, speaking about feathered dinosaurs. Steve has delivered over 40 public talks, including several at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and a 2017 TEDx talk in Edinburgh.

In 2017 Steve was awarded the Hodson Award for notable early career contributions in palaeontology by the Palaeontological Association, and the early career Makdougall Brisbane Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Steve has a BS from the University of Chicago, MSc from the University of Bristol, and MPhil and PhD from Columbia University in New York.

Welcome Reception
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Transportation will be provided from the Albuquerque Convention Center to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Diversity in Paleontology -- (Full)
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 12:15pm – 1:45pm
Location: Albuquerque Convention Centre
Cost per person: Free
Maximum number of participants: 150
Please join us for "Diversity in Paleontology" on Wednesday, October 17th from 12:20 PM to 1:40 PM MT. The roundtable discussions are intended for paleontologists who belong to underrepresented groups AND for those who seek to better understand and support our diverse colleagues. Discussions will highlight the successes of paleontologists from underrepresented groups, give in-person examples of members who have overcome challenges unique to underrepresentation, and provide practical suggestions for those interested in supporting the inclusion and optimal participation of everyone in paleontology. Through networking and discussion, the event seeks to foster mentoring relationships, as well as to maximize participants’ engagement in the SVP community and the larger scientific sphere.

For more information, please contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster at (435) 259-2179 or; Catherine M. Early at; or Ashley Morhardt, Ph.D., at 314-273-1859. 

SVP Business Meeting and Open Forum
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Ballroom C, Albuquerque Convention Center

LGBT and Allies Annual Dinner 
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Slate Street Cafe, 515 Slate Avenue NW 
Please RSVP to Mark D. Uhen at, or just come!
Click here for an e-coupon worth 15% off dinner (food only). 

Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint Exchange
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: Ballroom C, Albuquerque Convention Center
Do you have questions about being a paleontologist? Do you need networking or career advice? Come to the Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint Exchange! During the informal roundtable students can network and receive advice from experts and leaders in the field of paleontology. Table topics include getting into grad school and career advice for teaching at a university, medical school, and for the government. There will also be tables on collections management, scientific photography, scientific illustration and much more!

The Student Reprint Exchange is a chance for you to build your library, free of charge. Recent reprints on all areas of vertebrate paleontology will be available through the generous donations of SVP members.
Mail in or bring your reprints for this event!
Mail reprints to the following address for RECEIPT by Friday, August 31, 2018.
Kat Schroeder
24 Baugus Lane
Edgewood, NM 87015
or bring them with you to the meeting and drop them off at the SVP Office at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Annual Benefit Auction and Social
Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind items for the bidding; no one should go away disappointed.  Remember to pack light and leave room in your bags.  Start today by gathering items to donate for the auction.  These may include fossil replicas, books, souvenirs, vintage items, tools, reprints, artwork, toys, t-shirts and knickknacks – use your imagination. Fossils will not be accepted. Donate your own treasures – download the Auction Donation Form from the SVP website. Auction proceeds will go to the Legacy League of Funds. A cash bar will be provided.

A minimum bid of $5.00 is required, with bids increasing by $1.00 increments.

For more information on the Auction, contact Auction Co-Chair Brent H. Breithaupt at  

Auction Donation Form is available by clicking here.