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Workshops Seven workshops will be offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Advanced registration for all workshops is required. Onsite registration will not be accepted. SVP reserves the right to alter or cancel a workshop due to low registration or if access to sites is limited or closed to the public. In the event of a workshop cancellation, SVP will refund fees in full. 

Please note that a 10% tax will apply to all workshop prices. 

Please read listings carefully for locations of workshops.

1. Women in Paleontology: a discussion on promoting gender equality
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 1:00pm–5:00pm
Location: M1, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Free
Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 100

Instructors:
Taissa Rodrigues
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
taissa.rodrigues@gmail.com
Femke Holwerda
Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences
f.m.holwerda@gmail.com
Annie S. Hsiou
Universidade de São Paulo
anniehsiou@ffclrp.usp.br
ReBecca Hunt-Foster
National Park Service
rebecca_hunt-foster@nps.gov
Zoe T. Kulik
University of Washington
zkulik@uw.edu
Ashley Morhardt, Ph. D.
Washington University School of Medicine
amorhardt@wustl.edu  
 
Discussion on gender issues are on the rise. From the #metoo movement that began with Hollywood actors, to academic works being published on gender inequality in different academic fields, paleontology was not exempt from discussion. Recent roundtables in meetings organized in Brazil, Germany, and Portugal have exposed some deep-rooted issues that women face in the lab, field, classroom, and conferences.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has an increasingly international scope and has dealt with gender matters through the “Women in Paleontology” luncheons and SVP meeting code of conduct that includes specific policies on harassment. This workshop proposal comes as a natural next step towards a more profound debate on gender-biased issues, which, if left unaddressed, may ultimately exclude women from this academic field. The aim is not only to raise attention to specific gender-based topics and issues but also to discuss steps to overcome these and to promote equality. The workshop will begin with invited lectures on: identifying and reporting bullying and harassment; overcoming prejudices towards women doing fieldwork; balancing maternity and productivity; and promoting inclusiveness in lab and classroom environments. The workshop will conclude with a roundtable where the attendees will be welcome to share their personal experiences and ultimately to suggest policies to promote gender equality that can be further considered within SVP and other paleontological associations.

2. SVP 3D Workshop
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00-12:00
Location: The Edge @ State Library of Queensland (700 meters/0.4 mile walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre; about 8 minute walk)
Cost: $45.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 24

Instructors:
Melina Celik
Pietro Viacava
Joseph Burgess
australianmegafaunaproject@gmail.com

The three hour session will cover an array of 3D media from photogrammetry and laser surface scanning through to making 3D prints. The aim of the session is to acquaint participants with 3D workflows using free and open source software such as Zephyr and Meshlab. The workshop will be composed of four sections; scanning (using a portable 3D scanner), photogrammetry, post-processing and 3D printing. The primary focus of the workshop is the capture of high quality imaging for use in scientific data sets.
The Edge is located adjacent to the State Library and Queensland Museum and a short walk (700 meters) from the convention centre. The Edge is the premiere public maker space in Brisbane with a fabrication lab, audio recording studio, and a digital media lab equipped with 16 workstations.
The Edge: http://edgeqld.org.au/

3. Best Practices in Paleontology: Fossil Laws, Global Perspectives and 50 Years of UNESCO 1970
Date:   Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time:   10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: M2, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $15.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants:  10
Maximum number of participants:  100
 
Instructors:
Jeff Liston
Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
leedsichthys@gmail.com
John Long
Flinders University
john.long@flinders.edu.au
 
Recent interventions by SVP with regard to the attempts by the US President to remove protection from fossils in national monuments have raised the role of paleontologists as advocates for policy change, as opposed to simply being passive recipients of legislation. Paleontologists have a responsibility to ensure that legislation meets their needs in order to be fit for purpose, particularly in an environment where archeology-driven legislation often is assumed to be a suitable umbrella for our science. Beginning with the basic precept of how fossils are defined (for example, the ‘Montana Mineral’ legal case), this raises questions over the competing and sometimes conflicting roles of industrial interests, private and commercial collectors. In the 50th year of UNESCO 1970, it is also appropriate to consider the impact of this key piece of international legislation on paleontology globally, in respect of whether it too needs refreshed.
 
In a time of increasing pressures in the field of paleontology, this symposium-workshop will provide an introduction to the issues relating to paleontological legislation with examples from around the world, and some of the related ethical debates. Invited speakers will present on selected topics and participate in panels that will explore the sometimes complex intersections between paleontology and legislation. As with last year’s ‘Global Perspectives on Ethics in Paleontology’ workshop in Albuquerque, this event will consider a wide range of viewpoints from a variety of stakeholders, in the hope of informing our own responses to these questions and how they affect us in our workplaces. In that session, the point was made that paleontology may not have been appropriately included within UNESCO, and, depending on what arises in connection with the UNESCO debate during this workshop, it is intended that a proposal may be brought forward for a representation to be made to request that the wording being altered.   
 
Provisional speakers/panelists (11):
John Long (experience in Australia and globally),
Tom Kapitanyi (how to change a country's fossil legislation - China),
Brent Breithaupt (Wyoming’s unique legislation, allowing sale of fossils from federal land),
John Martin (on 50 years of UNESCO & Paleo – a time for reflection)
Emanuel Tschopp (working with a private collector as a researcher),
David Ward (criticism of BLM attitude),
Pete Larson (his story of Sue/experience with the ‘Montana mineral dinosaur’ case)
Elizabeth Jones (media and the paleontologist, Sue and the media’s influence on Paleontology),
Kirby Siber (guidelines for ethics as a commercial collector)
Bruce Schumacher (Federal Government US Forestry Service experience)
Jeff Liston (Minerals in Montana/Merchant of Venice and Minerals in Montana)

4. Neotoma Paleoecology Database: Facilitating transparent data curation in vertebrate paleontology
 
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm, with a break for lunch
Location: P2, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $20.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 20

Recommended items to bring. Participants should bring a laptop computer. A training version of Tilia will be distributed, so participants should have administrative rights on their laptops to install new software. Tilia runs on Windows, so this component of the workshop requires Windows; Macintosh users must have Windows installed with Parallels or similar software.

Organizers:
Jessica Blois
University of California-Merced
Life and Environmental Sciences
209-228-2256
jblois@ucmerced.edu
Allison Stegner
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Department of Integrative Biology
allison.stegner@gmail.com
Nathaniel Fox
University of California-Merced
nfox2@ucmerced.edu
 
The Neotoma Paleoecology Database is a community-curated data resource that supports interdisciplinary global change research by enabling broad-scale studies of taxon and community diversity, distributions, and dynamics during the large environmental changes of the past. One of the strengths of Neotoma is the ability to compare vertebrate data with other proxy data such as fossil pollen, diatoms, ostracodes, insects, charcoal, and geochemical data. By consolidating many kinds of data, Neotoma lowers costs of paleodata management, makes paleoecological data openly available, and offers a high-quality, curated resource. In addition, the database is structured to relate absolute dates to taxon occurrences and to allow the creation and storage of age models built on absolute dates from stratigraphic sections. Furthermore, data can be embargoed while undergoing the data collection and publication process, and all datasets are ultimately assigned stable DOIs that facilitate citation of Neotoma data and enable linked data systems for sharing and connecting earth science data across platforms. Neotoma is a public-access, community-supported database that is emerging as the standard repository for Pliocene and Quaternary paleoecological data.
 
This one-day workshop will focus on training participants in the process of submitting data for upload to the database. Workshop participants will get an overview of the Neotoma database, then will be introduced to Tilia as a tool for data entry, metadata entry, and age-model construction. Finally, participants will practice uploading data, using their own or workshop provided datasets.
 
Early-career scientists are especially encouraged, but all are welcome.

5. Australasian Paleontology on the World Stage: CAVEPS 2019
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: P1, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $10.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 15
Maximum number of participants: 130

Thank you to Monash University for their sponsorship of this workshop.

Recommended things to bring: 2-minute talk including one PowerPoint slide that outlines your background and research interests.

Organizers:
Alistair Evans
Monash University
Phone: +61 3 9905 3110
Mobile: +61 411 956 506
arevans@fastmail.fm
David Hocking
Monash University
Mobile: +61 434 825 013
david@dphocking.com
Erich Fitzgerald
Geosciences, Museums Victoria
Phone: +61 3 9270 5082
Mobile: +61 406 899 237
efitzgerald@museum.vic.gov.au
 
The leading conference on vertebrate paleontology in the Australasian region, the Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Paleontology and Systematics (CAVEPS), has been organized every second year since 1987. It is well-known for its relaxed, open atmosphere that promotes brainstorming and open platform discussions. With the first SVP in Australasia (and the first in the Southern Hemisphere) aligning with the CAVEPS meeting schedule, we would like to take this opportunity to bring together students, researchers and preparators for a workshop on Australasian paleontology to provide the Australasian community the benefits of a typical CAVEPS meeting. It will aim to showcase the work of current and future Australasian vertebrate paleontologists and provide workshop experience and networking opportunities for students and junior researchers. The full-day program will include the following main elements.
(1) A keynote speaker will present a 40 min talk outlining the state of vertebrate paleontology in Australasia.
(2) Two 20-minute presentations by selected early career researchers (ECRs, late PhD students or early postdocs) on significant, cutting-edge topics, giving important exposure and experience to these researchers. Participants interested in being considered for this should contact the workshop organizers for details.
(3) All participants will be asked to present an introductory 2-minute speed talk briefly outlining their main research interests in Australasia and methodological approaches. Prizes will be presented to the best student talks.
(4) The remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to ice-breaker activities (such as paleo-themed puzzles) and “donuts-and-chat” networking opportunities for all participants, which are often rare in largescale scientific meetings. Activities will include panel discussions on careers in vertebrate paleontology. While this workshop is targeting current or future CAVEPS attendees, especially students and early career researchers, it is open to any interested participants from around the globe.
 
This workshop is supported by the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.

6. Fossil Preparation, Conservation, Replication and Storage Techniques
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:30 pm
Location: Queensland Museum Hendra Campus, 122 Gerler Road, Hendra, Queensland
Transportation: Own transport – limited free parking available. Public transport - Bus no. 301 from Cultural Centre Station will drop you at the bus stop outside the venue. Cultural Centre Station is 290 meters from the convention centre.
Cost: $95.00 USD per person (Cost includes a BBQ lunch and morning and afternoon tea)
Minimum number of participants: 20
Maximum number of participants: 25

Materials provided: All materials are provided

Organizer:
Joanne Wilkinson
Geosciences, Queensland Museum
joanne.wilkinson@qm.qld.gov.au

This series of 5 x 1 hour workshops includes a wide range of techniques used in fossil preparation, conservation, replication and storage with the purpose of giving participants a basic understanding of methodology, applications and products used in this field. Participants will be divided into small groups (5 max) and rotated through each workshop throughout the day. These workshops are as hands-on as practicable and include practical applications wherever possible. The use of air tools; an exercise in repairing a small fossil bone under the microscope; preparing a limestone block from the World Heritage Riversleigh site for acid preparation; creating a mold and cast and constructing a purpose-made storage box exactly matching the dimensions of a Type specimen are all included in the day. The BBQ lunch will provide an opportunity for us to gather together at one time and exchange ideas.
 
7. Developing Accessible and Inclusive Research-focused Paleontology Education Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: P3, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $25.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 15
Maximum number of participants: 30

Materials Provided: Handouts
Materials to bring with you: Laptops

This workshop, produced in partnership with the SVP Education and Outreach Committee, is an education-focused workshop for members of SVP and K-12 educators that presents resources and best-practices for developing accessible and inclusive paleontology-focused lesson plans that can integrate current research, distance learning, and Australian (and other) educational standards.
The morning session will be devoted to interactive presentations, resource exploration, and breakout sessions. We will highlight the myriad of internet-based resources (e.g., Paleobiology Database, Neotoma, Morphosource, etc.) that serve the missions of both professional scientists and educators and technologies (e.g., 3D printing, augmented/virtual reality, auto-captioning programs, etc.) that aid in developing accessible experiential learning. Additionally, with the aim of developing more inclusive pedagogies and increasing science accessibility for underserved communities, such as Australian Aboriginal students and First Nations peoples more broadly around the world, our workshop will highlight the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge into lesson planning.
In the afternoon session, participants will workshop lesson plans that target specific classroom needs and challenges. At the end of the workshop, participants will present their work and leave with one or more draft lesson plans that can be incorporated into their courses and classrooms.

Leaders:
Jeanette Pirlo
Ph.D Student and Research Assistant
University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
Phone: (209) 815-7280
Email: jpirlo@flmnh.ufl.edu
Michael Ziegler
M.S. Student and Research Assistant
University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History
Phone: (678) 523-4914
Email: michael.ziegler@ufl.edu             
Gabriel-Philip Santos
Collections Manager and Outreach Coordinator
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 482-5243
Email: gsantos@webb.org
@paleoparadox
Note: Meals will not be provided. Lunch will be on own from 12pm to 1pm.