Society News

Resources for Online Teaching (COVID-19)

Posted: March 13, 2020
My Dear Colleagues, I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy amidst the spread and repercussions of COVID-19. As many universities, schools, and other organizations shift to online education, Rowan Lockwood (William and Mary, Paleontological Society Education and Outreach Coordinator) and many other educators are compiling links for online paleontology and historical geology resources into a publicly accessible Google Sheet:http...  Read More


Posted: March 10, 2020
SVP submitted an official letter in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's public comment request on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research. SVP thanks those who helped draft the comment letter.  Letter can be found here:    Read More

Abstract Submission Site Open!

Posted: February 10, 2020
The abstract submission site for the SVP 2020 annual meeting in Cincinnati, OH is now open!Click here to submit your abstract!Abstract deadlines:Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize (submissions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, February 12th) due date Thursday, March 19, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)Jon C. Graff Prize (now accepting submissions): due date Thursday, March 19, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)All other categories of abstracts (now accepting submi...  Read More

SVP Partners with MCI USA, Global Association Management Solution

Posted: January 22, 2020
Partnership Accelerates Ability to Serve Association Members and the Vertebrate Paleontology Community Through Innovative, Growth-Centered Solutions The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is pleased to announce our partnership with MCI USA, a leading association management company with six offices around the US and 61 offices globally. As SVP continues to develop how we serve our members, this partnership with MCI USA further ...  Read More


Posted: December 4, 2019
SVP releases the second edition of best practice guidelines to facilitate preservation of paleontological resources in the field and to maximize the scientific value of research collections now and in the future: Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils. The best practices presented are meant as guidelines, and SVP will continue to periodically review and revise thi...  Read More

Extending the hammer

Posted: September 20, 2019
We hope everyone is excited for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Annual Meeting in Brisbane, Australia in just a few weeks!  As we pack our bags and put the final touches on those talks and posters, it’s a great time to stop and appreciate how much we have grown as a society, with a membership that is more diverse and inclusive every year.  But there is a lot of work left to do, and we hope that you&rsqu...  Read More

SVP 2019 Poster guidelines

Posted: September 12, 2019
If you are planning to present a poster at SVP in October, please be aware that the posters are VERTICALLY oriented this year. Guidelines can be found at this link: There is also a printing service available for a fee.  Read More

In memory of Tamir Nasankhuu, 2015 Morris Skinner Award Recipient

Posted: May 14, 2019
Dear Colleagues,   It is with deep and abiding sadness that we share with you the news of the untimely death of our dear friend and Gobi team member, Mr. Tamir Nasankhuu.  Many of you may remember that Tamir was the recipient of the 2015 Morris Skinner Award, for his more than 20 years of unstinting, expert, and extraordinary contributions to the paleontological exploration of Mongolia. During this time, and up until ou...  Read More

National Park Service Paleontology Internship at Carlsbad Caverns

Posted: May 13, 2019
The National Park Service is looking for a 12 week paleontology intern at Carlsbad Caverns National Park to assist with a paleontological resource inventory.  The position starts September 15, 2019 and housing is provided.  This internship is part of the new partnership between SVP, Paleo Society, and the National Park Service. Advertisement and applications:  Read More

SVP responds to sale of a privately owned juvenile T. rex on eBay

Posted: April 12, 2019
SVP released an official letter to express our concern about a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex specimen was advertised for sale on e-Bay after having been on exhibition at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.       This week, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex specimen was advertised for sale on e-Bay after having been on exhibition at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum (KUNHM). The Society of ...  Read More

Exploring a Career in the Paleontology Field Webinar

Posted: April 4, 2019
The Geological Society of America (GSA), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Geophysical Union (AGU), GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) will be hosting a webinar entitled “Exploring a Career in the Paleontology Field.” The webinar will be on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. This webinar will feature two presenters representing mitigation a...  Read More


Posted: March 22, 2019
3D MORPHOMETRICS AND IMAGE ANALYSIS WORKSHOPLocation: University of Washington, Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories, San Juan Island, WACourse Dates: Sunday-Saturday, August 25-31, 2019Course Website: deadline: May 1st, 2019 (11:59 PDT)Online Application URL: notification: May 15th, 2019Target Audience: Course is directed for studen...  Read More

SVP to testify in Congress about National Monument Cuts

Posted: March 9, 2019
The US House Committee on Natural Resources will convene a hearing on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 about the cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments.  The committee has invited SVP past president David Polly to give expert testimony on the paleontological resources and the potential impacts of the cuts.  See details here:   Read More

Analytical Paleobiology Summer Workshop

Posted: March 9, 2019
SVP is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2019 Analytical Paleobiology Workshop, which will be hosted at the University of California, Riverside (USA). Friday June 28 thru Tuesday, July 23, 2019, immediately following the 11th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC: The workshop is free for admitted applicants and lodging will be provided at little or no cost to all participants. For more informat...  Read More

Paleontological Society Education and Outreach grants

Posted: February 18, 2019
Are you interested in outreach and education in paleontology? The Paleontological Society offers outreach and education grants to support activities involving educational outreach and community engagement in paleontology.Amount of grant Up to $2,500 per grantDeadline Friday March 2, 2019To learn more, please see: Please email Rowa...  Read More

Analytical Paleobiology Summer Workshop

Posted: January 28, 2019
Applications now accepted for the 2019 edition of the Analytical Paleobiology Summer Workshop. To apply for admission and to learn more about the workshop and application process, please visit before March 11. The workshop, which is co-sponsored by SVP, introduces analytical methods including probability theory, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, resampling techniques, correlation and regression...  Read More

Paleontological Society Arthur James Boucot Research Grants

Posted: January 28, 2019
Arthur James Boucot Research Grants are funded by an endowment generously provided by Art and Barbara Boucot to support early career paleontologists with a PhD to conduct research in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa. These grants support original research via payments to postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists, with the possible excep...  Read More

New JVP guide for authors

Posted: January 14, 2019
The editorial board at the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology has issued a new guide for authors, which can be found here: JVP author guide Additionally, a new EndNote template (JVP EndNote file) can be found here in a link at the bottom of the page. Please use these new documents as guidelines when submitting a manuscript to JVP.  Read More

Science Friday featuring SVP members

Posted: December 11, 2018
As a follow-up to the September live show and radio broadcast that featured work of some SVP members in the Triassic of Bears Ears National Monument (Indian Creek area), ScienceFriday just posted an extensive multimedia-rich digital story on the research there: The story features quotes from a number of SVP members. Science Friday also produced an accompanying short a...  Read More

Fundraising for Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Posted: November 30, 2018
The Natural History Museum in London is asking for your help in preserving and making accessible a major palaeontological attraction in London. The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a series of some 30 life-size models of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in Crystal Palace Park. As well as attracting thousands of visitors a year, they have great historical importance as they date from the 1850s, were designed by Sir Richard Owen a...  Read More
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