2012 SVP Election Slate

Mark D. Uhen

Current Position: Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, 2011-present.

Previous positions: Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University, 2009-2011; Curator of Paleontology, Alabama Museum of Natural History, 2008-2009; Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Paleobiology, United States National Museum, 2007-2008; Head of Research and Collections, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 2002-2006; Curator of Paleontology and Zoology, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 1996-2006.

Education: PhD (1996) Geology, University of Michigan; MS (1993) Geology, University of Michigan; BS (1990) Geology major, Biology minor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Previous Service to SVP: Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Committee, 2008-present; Predoctoral Scholarship Grant Committee member, 2007-2010; Patterson Award Committee, 2006-2009; Information Management Committee, 2005-present; Patterson Award Committee Chair, 2004-2006; Associate Web Editor, 1999-2003; Membership Committee Co-chair, 1997-1999.

Professional Service (non-SVP): Society for Marine Mammalogy MMC '10 Scientific Program Committee, 2010; Paleobiology Associate Editor, 2009-present; Geological Society of America, North-Central Section, Roy J. Shlemon Mentors in Applied Geology, 2006; Society for Marine Mammalogy MMC '05 Scientific Program Committee, 2004-2005; Paleobiology Database, Advisory Board member, 2003-present

Statement of Goals: My goals for SVP are to help in the continued fulfillment of the mission of SVP. As stated in the SVP constitution, the mission begins: “The purpose of this Society shall be to: a. advance the science of vertebrate paleontology throughout the world; b. serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the history, evolution, ecology, comparative anatomy and taxonomy of vertebrate animals”. I want to help SVP continue the efforts it has already made to facilitate cooperation of vertebrate paleontologists and to use SVP’s size and breadth to help leverage the efforts of individual vertebrate paleontologists around the world for the collective good of our field, and other related fields of science. I also want to continue to foster SVP’s ongoing efforts to bring information about vertebrate paleontology to the general public to increase the quality of information received by the general public, increase public awareness of vertebrate paleontology, and increase the funding base for vertebrate paleontology research.