Annual Meeting 2018 Field Trips Eight field trips will be offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Advanced registration for all field trips is required. Onsite registration will not be accepted. SVP reserves the right to alter or cancel a field trip due to low registration or if access to sites is limited or closed to the public. In the event of a field trip cancellation, SVP will refund fees in full.

1. Pennsylvanian (Missourian) Vertebrates from the Kinney Brick Quarry Lagerstätte, New Mexico
This will be a single day field trip to visit the Kinney Brick Quarry (KBQ), a Lagerstätte locality that preserved an estuarine to lagoonal biota from the Late Pennsylvanian (Missourian) Tinajas Member of the Atrasado Formation. KBQ is located approximately 20 miles from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and is situated in the Manzanita Mountains near the town of Tijeras. The 300 million year old fossils were first discovered in the early 1960’s, with extensive collections being made by the Smithsonian Institution, University of Kansas, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, with smaller collections at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. New interest in the vertebrate assemblage of KBQ was sparked by the discovery of a complete 2.5 meter long ctenacanth shark skeleton, presently the most complete ctenacanth found in North America and the largest vertebrate discovered at KBQ.

At present there are at least twenty six fish taxa from KBQ, many known from near complete specimens or isolated teeth: an acanthodian, eight chondrichthyans (two symmoriids, two ctenacanths, a xenacanth, a hybodont, a petalodont, and a holocephalan), fourteen actinopterygians, and three sarcopterygians (two coelacanths and a lungfish). The tetrapod component of the KBQ assemblage includes three amphibian taxa known from near complete skeletons. The trip begins with a tour of NMMNH lab and collection facilities, including an examination of its extensive collection of KBQ fossils. Following the museum tour, we will drive to Kinney Brick Quarry arriving mid to late morning and we will be excavating fossils from Kinney Brick Quarry for the rest of the morning and afternoon. Though vertebrate fossils are the target of this trip, expect to find a wide variety of fossil plants and invertebrates as well. Lunch and beverages will be provided while at the quarry.

Begins: 8:00am, Tuesday, October 16, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Ends: 6:00pm, Tuesday, October 16, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Cost: $53
Cost Includes: Transportation, box lunch, beverages, and field trip guide.
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 28
What to Wear and Bring: Hat, long-sleeved shirt/jacket, long pants (shales and limestones at quarry can be sharp), hiking boots, daypack, water bottle, and sunscreen. We will be collecting extensively through multiple layers at Kinney Brick Quarry. The weather should be quite pleasant, sunny and dry with temperatures in the high 50’s or low/mid 60’s.
Physical Capabilities: Must be able to walk from vehicle to quarry approximately 100 yards or more. Elevation of KBQ is approximately 7,300 feet. Bathrooms are not available at the quarry.
Children: Children 15 and over are welcome. Please contact field trip organizer to inquire about participation by children.

Leaders:
John-Paul Hodnett
Maryland-National Capital Park
and Planning Commission
Dinosaur Park
Laurel, Maryland
jmh253@nau.edu

Jim Moore
New Mexico Friends of
Paleontology/ New Mexico
Museum of Natural History and
Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico
jamoore@uidaho.edu

2. Where the Pelycosaurs Roamed: Tour of the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
This one day field trip will provide participants with the paleontological and geological highlights of Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (PTNM). After arriving at PTNM from Albuquerque, the group will hike four miles on moderate terrain to visit two scientifically important localities. The first, Discovery Site, is where citizen-scientist Jerry MacDonald first discovered the megatrackways in 1987, and where most of the PTNM collection at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science originated. Second, we will visit Site Flood, a paleochannel containing petrified wood and leaves. Along the way, we will encounter several different geologic formations, from Permian limestones to Paleogene and Neogene volcanics and faults. After the hike, the group will eat dinner and tour the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, which displays two large megatracksites. 

Begins: 7:00am, Monday, October 15, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Ends: 8:30pm, Monday, October 15, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Venues: Prehistoric Trackways National Monument and Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science.
Cost: $75
Cost Includes: Transportation, snacks, lunch, dinner, and guidebook.
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
What to Wear and Bring: Sun protection, such as a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and long-sleeved shirt is highly recommended. Bring a water bottle and more water than you think you will need. Most flora in the Chihuahuan Desert contains thorns and spikes, so long pants are also recommended. Sturdy hiking boots and/or hiking stick will aid your travel over the rocky and uneven terrain.
Physical Capabilities: The expected tour around PTNM will be a moderate hike of about 4 miles (~6.4 km) with expected elevation changes of up to 350 feet (~107 m) between sites at an average altitude of 4150 feet (~1265 m) above mean sea level.
Children: Children 16 and over are welcome.

Leaders:
Colin R. Dunn

Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office
Las Cruces, NM, USA
CRDunn@blm.gov

Joshua A. Ludtke
Las Cruces, NM, USA
joshualudtke@gmail.com

Stephanie Hawkins
Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science
Las Cruces, NM, USA
shawkins@las-cruces.org

3. The Triassic Deposits of Ghost Ranch: Chronicling the Rise of Dinos Near the Equator
This two-day field trip visits the highly fossiliferous early Mesozoic sediments surrounding Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. Participants will visit a series of incredible fossil quarries and other nearby localities sampling the rise of dinosaurs in North America. These localities include the Coelophysis Quarry, famous for its population of complete dinosaurs and other reptile skeletons, the Hayden Quarry, known for its high abundance of unique dinosaurs found with their closest relatives, and the Canjilon Quarry, a classic excavation of phytosaur and aetosaur skeletons. These localities sample dozens of extinct reptiles and amphibians and several paleoenvironments through millions of years of North American history in the Late Triassic. Ghost Ranch was made famous by visits by Cope and his collectors, and more recently, this area was immortalized in paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe. Participants will visit the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology and will stay at Ghost Ranch.

Begins: 7:30am, Monday, October 15, at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, NM
Ends: 6:00pm, Tuesday, October 16, at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, NM
Venue: Ghost Ranch: www.ghostranch.org
Cost: $256
Cost Includes: Transportation, one night of a shared hotel room, two lunches, one breakfast, one dinner and travel snacks.
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 35
What to Wear and Bring: Moderate hiking footwear is recommended for walking on hilly and rocky terrain. Additionally, sun protection (hat, sunscreen, and clothing covering your arms and legs) and a light jacket is recommended as it may be hot or, less likely, wet. A water bottle would be useful.
Physical Capabilities: Must be able to walk on trails for about a half mile and endure prolonged exposure to sun and wind. Bathrooms may not be easily accessible during parts of the trip.
Children: Children 15 and over are welcome.

Leaders:
Sterling Nesbitt

Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech
926 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
480-215-6114
sjn2104@vt.edu

Michelle Stocker
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech
926 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-8417
stockerm@vt.edu

Randall Irmis
Chief Curator & Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Utah & Dept of Geology & Geophysics
University of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1214
801-585-0561
irmis@umnh.utah.edu

Alan Turner
Associate Professor
Stony Brook University
HSC, T8 (040)
Stony Brook, NY 11794
631-444-8203
alan.turner@stonybrook.edu

Nathan Smith
Associate Curator
The Dinosaur Institute
Natural History Museum of Los
Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd
nsmith@nhm.org

4. A Traverse Across the K-Pg Boundary of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico
The San Juan Basin, New Mexico contains a unique record of Late Cretaceous (late Campanian, late Maastrichtian, and Danian) terrestrial ecosystems - one of the few outside of the Upper Great Plains that provides a nearly continuous record across the K-Pg boundary. This field trip will focus on the upper Campanian Hunter Wash Member, Kirtland Formation that is beautifully exposed within Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area (Day 1), spectacular exposures of the uppermost Cretaceous Naashoibito Member, lowermost Paleocene Ojo Alamo Sandstone, and lower Paleocene (Puercan) Nacimiento Formation within the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness Area (Day 2), and classic late Torrejonian exposures of the Nacimiento Formation in Escavada and Torreon washes (Day 3). This trip will visit classic and new sites including areas from which iconic New Mexican dinosaurs have been collected over the past 100+ years (including the types of Alamosaurus, Bistahieversor, Glyptodontopelta, Kritosaurus navajovius, Naashoibitosaurus, Nodocephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus tubicen, Sphaerotholus goodwini, Ziapelta, among others), featuring recent efforts by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The trip will also visit locales of the type faunas for the Puercan and Torrejonian North American Land Mammal Ages and will emphasize current collaborative research activities by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Baylor University, University of Edinburgh, and University of Nebraska into improving the San Juan Basin geochronologic record across the K-Pg boundary and exploring a high-resolution record of early Paleocene climate.

Begins: 7:00am on Sunday, October 14, Albuquerque Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Front Entrance.
Ends: 4:00pm on Tuesday, October 16, Albuquerque Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Front Entrance.
Cost: $390; single room supplement $106.
Cost Includes: Transportation via rental 15 passenger minibuses. Double occupancy hotel rooms (includes continental breakfast, days 2 and 3), lunches, days 1, 2, and 3 (participants are responsible for their own snacks), bottled water.
Minimum Number of Participants: 10
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
What to Wear and Bring: Room in vehicles will be limited, so participants will be restricted to day pack and 1 carry-on piece of luggage. Participants may need to check in some of their luggage at their hotel. Individuals must wear closed-toe hiking boots and carry 2-3 liters of water/day (bottled water will be provided), day pack, sunscreen, lip balm, wide-brimmed hat, clothing that covers arms and legs, and light jacket are highly recommended. A camera is strongly recommended. Areas to be visited are remote and rugged.
Physical Capabilities: All participants must be capable of hiking on uneven and steep
terrain for up to 10 miles per day while being exposed to intense wind and sunlight. If you have doubts about your ability to do this, then please don’t register for this trip.
Children: No children under 18 allowed for liability reasons.

Leaders:
Thomas E. Williamson

Curator of Paleontology
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375
thomas.williamson@state.nm.us

Robert M. Sullivan
Research Associate
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375
r.sullivan45@comcast.net

Stephen L. Brusatte
School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute
James Hutton Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FE, UK
sbrusatt@exseed.ed.ac.uk

Steven E. Jasinski
Curator of Paleontology and Geology
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Section of Paleontology and Geology
Harrisburg, PA 17120, USA
sejasinski@gmail.com

Ross Secord
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
200 Bessey Hall
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0340
rsecord2@unl.edu

Daniel J. Peppe
Department of Geosciences
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97354
Waco, TX 79782, USA
Daniel_Peppe@baylor.edu

5. Miocene Vertebrates from the Santa Fe Group, Española Basin, Northern New Mexico
Two day field trip to visit Miocene vertebrate sites in the Española basin of northern New Mexico. First discovered in 1874, Miocene vertebrates are currently being collected in the Española basin as part of an ongoing survey by the U. S. Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico Museum of Natural History. The Española basin contains Miocene vertebrates ranging in age from 17 to 6 Ma, with faunas from the Hemingfordian, Barstovian, Clarendonian, and Hemphillian NALMAs. These faunas are known for important samples of borophagine canids, hemicyonine ursids, early felids, horses, rhinos, oreodonts, camels, antilocaprids, and among the oldest well-preserved proboscidean fossils in North America.

The trip begins with a tour of the NMMNH, including an examination of Miocene vertebrates from the Española basin. After the museum tour, we will drive to the Española area, arriving about noon. On Monday afternoon, we will see some of the oldest sites in the Española basin sequence, including the late Hemingfordian Nambé Fauna and the early Barstovian White Operation Quarry. On Tuesday morning, we will examine a series of sites of the late Barstovian Pojoaque Fauna, including Arroyo del Llano (= First Wash) and Arroyo de Quarteles (= Second Wash). On Tuesday afternoon, we will visit sites of the late Hemphillian San Juan Fauna, including the San Juan, Rak Camel, and Osbornoceros quarries.

Begins: 8:00am, Monday, October 15, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Ends: 5:00pm, Tuesday, October 16, at Albuquerque Convention Center
Cost: $210
Cost Includes: Transportation, hotel room for one night, lunches for two days, beverages, and field trip guide.
Minimum Number of Participants: 11
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
What to Wear and Bring: A hat, longsleeved shirt/jacket, long pants, hiking boots, daypack, water bottle, and sunscreen. Most collecting will be surface prospecting. The weather should be quite pleasant, sunny and dry with temperatures in the 60s or 70s.
Physical Capabilities: Must be able to walk for distances of nearly a mile, including several fairly steep climbs (not difficult). We will stop at a small country market around noon on both days to use the bathroom and purchase snacks and drinks.
Children: No children under 18 allowed for liability reasons.

Leaders:
Gary Morgan

New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Albuquerque, New Mexico
gary.morgan1@state.nm.us

Phil Gensler
U. S. Bureau of Land Management
Santa Fe, New Mexico
pgensler@blm.gov

Scott Aby
Muddy Spring Geology
Dixon, New Mexico
scottandlluvia@gmail.com

6. Paleontology of Bears Ears National Monument
This three night, four day trip will take participants across a classic landscape of the American west, and will bring them face-to-face with the significant and fragile fossil sites and resources within the original Bears Ears National Monument region. The field trip will showcase several important Paleozoic sites in the coastal/marine Cutler Group preserving a unique and diverse Pennsylvanian/Permian transition fauna in both the Valley of the Gods and Indian Creek. Participants will also visit sites in the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, including rich microvertebrate sites at Comb Ridge, an extensive multitaxic bone bed at Fry Canyon, and significant Triassic tracks and Pleistocene rock art at Shay Canyon in Indian Creek. Participants will also experience the prehistoric and historic cultural resources of the region, including rock art, ruins, and historic mines.

Transportation will be provided to participants from Albuquerque to Bears Ears and back. Participants should bring sturdy hiking clothes and shoes, warm clothing and a rain jacket, hat, water bottles. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks will be provided.

Begins: 7:00am on Sunday, October 21, Albuquerque, NM.
Ends: 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, Albuquerque, NM.
Cost: $830
Cost Includes: lodging, transportation, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and guidebook
Minimum Number of Participants: 8
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
What to Wear and Bring: Participants should bring sturdy hiking clothes and shoes, warm clothing and a rain jacket, hat, and water bottles. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own dinners, which can be purchased in Bluff.
Physical Capabilities: Most of the sites are close to roads for vehicle access, but participants should be able to hike at least a one mile.
Children: Children over the age of 8, who are familiar with the demands of hiking short distances in desert environments (i.e. staying hydrated, being aware of flora/fauna), are welcome (at regular registration rates). 

Leaders:
M. Allison Stegner

University of Wisconsin, Madison
allison.stegner@gmail.com

Robert J. Gay
Colorado Canyons Association
rob@canyonsassociation.org

ReBecca Hunt-Foster
Bureau of Land Management
rhuntfoster@blm.gov

Randall Irmis
Natural History Museum of Utah
Dept of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah
irmis@umnh.utah.edu

Adam Huttenlocker
University of Southern California
huttenlo@usc.edu

7. Exploring the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation at Petrified Forest National Park
This field trip will immerse participants in the famous exposures of the Chinle Formation at Petrified Forest National Park (PEFO) in northeastern Arizona. Participants will get an introduction to the Late Triassic plants and animals of the park with a tour of the museum collections and newly-renovated fossil preparation lab. Park staff will provide a tour of the park and its new museum exhibits before participants spend a day in the field prospecting for and excavating fossils in newly-acquired lands. Participants will also gain knowledge of the stratigraphic and geochronologic context provided at PEFO while experiencing the beautiful landscapes and fossils preserved within the Chinle Formation.

Begins: 10:00am on Sunday, October 21, from Albuquerque, NM
Ends: 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 23, at Albuquerque, NM
Venue: Petrified Forest National Park (https://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm).
Cost: $248
Cost Includes: Transportation, two nights of a shared hotel room, one lunch, two dinners, travel snacks, and a field trip guidebook.
Minimum Number of Participants: 14
Maximum Number of Participants: 36
What to Wear and Bring: Water bottles (3 liters), hiking boots, protective clothing, sunscreen, and backpack.
Physical Capabilities: Participants must be capable of hiking off-trail for several miles throughout the field day while enduring seasonal Arizona temperatures (40-80 °F) and possible precipitation. Bathrooms will not be easily accessible during the field component of the trip.
Children: Children ages 15 and over are welcome to register for this trip.

Leaders:
Adam D. Marsh

Paleontologist
1 Park Road #2217
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
928-524-6228 x263
adam_marsh@nps.gov

Matthew E. Smith
Museum Curator
1 Park Road #2217
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
928-524-6228 x240
matthew_e_smith@nps.gov

William G. Parker
Chief of Science and Resource Management
1 Park Road #2217
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
928-524-6228 x262
william_parker@nps.gov

Charles V. Beightol V
Paleontologist
1 Park Road #2217
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
928-524-6228 x263
charles_beightol@nps.gov

8. Pleistocene Vertebrate Localities From National Park Service Areas in Southern New Mexico and West Texas
This is a three day, two night field trip designed for participants to visit Pleistocene vertebrate fossil localities in three National Park Service areas in southern New Mexico and west Texas. On the first day, participants will visit White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, the world’s largest gypsum dune field and the largest known Late Pleistocene vertebrate megatracksite. Double occupancy lodging for the first night will be in El Paso, Texas. On the second day, participants will visit the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, to observe the remnants of the most extensively preserved Permian reef system. In addition to the rich Permian fauna associated with the ancient reef, the Guadalupe Mountains have an extensive network of caves which preserve the remains of Pleistocene fauna. Since the caves in the park are not easily accessible, the Park Geologist plans to present on the park’s geology and paleontology in an area with an extraordinary geologic viewshed. On the afternoon of the second day, participants will hike to a cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park to visit an important Pleistocene fossil locality.

This hike will require a moderately strenuous hike uphill to reach the fossil locality. An evening reception with a catered BBQ dinner will be hosted at the National Cave & Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Participants will be able to review a new exhibit featuring fossils from National Park Service caves and attend presentations by the George Veni, Executive Director of NCKRI and paleontologist Gary Morgan. Lodging will be in dormitories at Camp Washington Ranch. On the morning of the third day, participants will participate in a special tour of the Carlsbad Caverns and have time to visit the park’s visitor center. After the tour, participants will be transported back to Albuquerque and dropped off at the conference hotel at approximately 6:00 pm. During each park visit, participants will be provided some limited time to visit the park’s visitor center and bookstore. Each participant will receive a field trip guide.

Begins: 7:30am on Sunday, October 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque
Ends: 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 23, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque
Venue: NPS Pleistocene Fossil Localities in New Mexico & west Texas
Cost: $320
Cost Includes: Transportation via vans, two nights of lodging, boxed lunches, BBQ buffet reception, snacks, admission to NPS areas and field trip guide
Minimum Number of Participants: 12
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
What to Wear and Bring: Participants are recommended to be prepared for varying temperatures and climatic conditions. You may want to bring a hat, clothing covering your arms and legs, and some sunscreen. A water bottle would be useful. Comfortable hiking footwear is highly recommend since the participants will be hiking up to 2 miles of flat terrain at White Sands National Monument and climbing a moderately steep slope at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Lodging on the evening of October 22 will be at the Camp Washington Ranch in a dormitory setting with bunks in three large rooms. Bedding is not provided by the camp and pillows, blankets and bath towels will be purchased for participants.
Physical Capabilities: Participants must be able to walk on flat terrain for up to 2 miles. One location requires a moderately steep climb to reach a cave and walking on steep and some potentially slippery areas in the cave (lights and helmets will be provided). Participants will endure prolonged exposure to sun and wind. Bathrooms may not be easily accessible during parts of the trip.
Children: Children 15 and over are welcome. Please contact field trip organizer to inquire about participation by children.

Leaders:
Vincent L. Santucci

Senior Paleontologist
National Park Service – Geologic Resources Division
vincent_santucci@nps.gov

Gary Morgan
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
gary.morgan1@state.nm.us

David Bustos
Resource Program Manager
White Sands National Monument
david_bustos@nps.gov

Jonena Hearst
Geologist
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
jonena_hearst@nps.gov

Rodney Horrocks
Physical Scientist
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
rod_horrocks@nps.gov

Don Weeks
Physical Resources Program Manager
NPS Intermountain Region
don_weeks@nps.gov

George Veni
Executive Director
National Cave & Karst Research Institute
gveni@nckri.org