Society News

Award and Abstract submission deadline extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT

Posted: March 14, 2017
The Award and Abstract for the annual meeting of SVP 2017 submission deadline has been extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT.  Please note that this will be the only extension!  Read More

Joint SVP / American Society of Anatomists Symposium

Posted: March 9, 2017
It is not too late to register for SVP’s joint symposium at the American Society of Anatomists annual meeting in Chicago (April 22-25).  Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Neil Shubin will be plenary lecturers and many other SVP members will be presenting. SVP members are entitled to register at member rate by selecting “SVP” on the registration form.   If you are interested, please visit the meeting site. Mee...  Read More

Committee Reports 2016

Posted: February 3, 2017
Committee Reports SVP 2016Auction Committee: Organized and held the 34th Annual SVP Auction with theme “Back to the Future” in Salt Lake City, Utah. The auction raised monies for the SVP Legacy League Fund. Silent Auction Totaled $9,945, live Auction Totaled $10,861 for total auction proceeds of $20,806. Preparations are being made for the 35th Annual SVP Auction in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The student and postdoctoral ...  Read More

Hagerman National Fossil Beds Fundraiser for African Students

Posted: February 3, 2017
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is holding a fundraising campaign to send an East African student to the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya. The field school, which covers paleontology, archaeology, and geology, is held at one of the worlds most important fossil localities for understanding hominin evolution and African ecosystem change. Hagerman is a National Park Service "sister park" to Sibiloi National Park, where ...  Read More

Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course

Posted: February 3, 2017
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is pleased to join the Paleontological Society in co-sponsoring a Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course for graduate students in paleobiology. Spend two weeks in the Tobacco Root Mountains and the Upper Missouri Breaks National  Monument in Montana. Join Mark Patzkowsky, Steve Holland, Ray Rogers, and Kristi Curry Rogers to learn how to apply modern stratigraphic prin...  Read More

SVP on immigration ban 2017

Posted: February 1, 2017
Vertebrate paleontology is a truly global science that knows no national borders.  Vertebrate fossils and the rock units that bear them are distributed around the world, as are vertebrate paleontologists.  Our field thrives on the ever growing diversity of our colleagues, we fully embrace contributions from all nationalities in our Society.  Free exchange of ideas and the freedom to travel to conferences, field sites...  Read More

AAMP Annual Meeting, April 19-22

Posted: January 31, 2017
The Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology (AMMP) Annual Meeting is April 19-22, 2017 at the University of Texas, Austin.  Hosted by the Vertebrate Paleontology Labs, the meeting will feature oral presentations, hands-on workshops and field trips.  The abstract submission and meeting registration sites are open.  Share your new materials and methods, refinements on old materials and methods, and case stu...  Read More

Paleo Society Outreach and Education Grants

Posted: January 7, 2017
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.  Must be a member of the Paleontological Society to be eligible.Potentially fundable projects include (but are not limited to): opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in paleontological outreach...  Read More

Presidential proclamation: Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monument

Posted: December 29, 2016
On Dec 28, the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in southeast Nevada were established by presidential proclamation.  Among the reasons cited for protecting the areas are their paleontological resources.  The Bears Ears area has yielded a series of important vertebrate localities ranging from mid-Paleozoic through mid-Mesozoic, and Gold Butte preserves spectacular t...  Read More

Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils

Posted: December 27, 2016
SVP introduces 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 periodically review and revise this document as needed.&nbs...  Read More

Erle Galen Kauffman (1933-2016)

Posted: December 22, 2016
Erle Galen Kauffman, 83, Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences at Indiana University, died peacefully at home December 16 after a long illness. Honored for his many contributions to the Geological and Paleontological sciences, Erle also was acknowledged as a master teacher, researcher and mentor, advancing the education of many through his passion for learning, rigorous science, and generosity of ideas. Erle held an academic positi...  Read More

SVP- PRPA Consultation Begins Today

Posted: December 7, 2016
The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) is the U.S. law that calls for the preservation of paleontological resources on federal land, and its consultation period has begun. The Department of the Interior's proposed regulation under the PRPA is now available for public comment through February 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://vertpaleo.org/What-is-Vertebrate-Paleontology/Fossil-Preservation-Law-in-the-US...  Read More

TRAITS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO PALEONTOLOGY, CONSERVATION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE BIOLOGY IN AFRICA. A CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

Posted: December 3, 2016
The Integrated Climate Change Biology Programme of the IUBS, the National Museums of Kenya, and SVP are sponsoring a symposium and workshop entitled: "Traits past, present, and future: Quantitative approaches to conservation and climate change biology in Africa" held on 6 - 8 March 2017 at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. This event will bring together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologis...  Read More

Loren Toohey (1921-2016)

Posted: December 2, 2016
Lt. Col. Loren Toohey, USAF, Retired, passed away on November 19, 2016 at the Blue Skies of Texas Retirement Community in San Antonio, Texas. Loren was born March 2, 1921 in Antioch, Nebraska, and spent his early years in Hemingford and Alliance, Nebraska. Loren was related to both the Danbom and Toohey families. In 1942, Loren married Leona "Maxine" Caha and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before Maxine p...  Read More

Herb Barghusen (1933-2015)

Posted: November 29, 2016
Herbert (Herb) R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, IN, died on December 25, 2015 in Chesterton, IN after an illness of several months. Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Herb spent his youth in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City.  He often recounted his pleasure in crossing the bridge into the city to vi...  Read More

European Journal of Taxonomy

Posted: November 21, 2016
The European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT) is a peer-reviewed international journal on descriptive taxonomy. Its content is fully electronic and available in Open Access. EJT is the only taxonomic journal that collectively covers zoology and plant-related sciences, including fossils. EJT is published and funded by a consortium of European natural history institutions. EJT is a diamond open access journal, where all content is freely ...  Read More

GLVP annual dinner for LGBT members and allies

Posted: October 19, 2016
The GLVP annual dinner for LGBT members and allies will be held during SVP 2016 in Salt Lake City on Thursday evening, October 27, at Stoneground Kitchen, 249 E 400 Street, Salt Lake City, 84111 at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP Mark D. Uhen at muhen@gmu.edu if you would like to attend.  Read More

SVP Annual Meeting in 2019 will be held in Brisbane, Australia

Posted: September 16, 2016
SVP Annual Meeting in 2019 will be held in Brisbane, Australia's New World City A truly unique experience - The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has never previously held a meeting in Australia, or even in the Southern Hemisphere! 2019 offers the opportunity for the first SVP Meeting in Gondwana. Australia is a mature, politically and economically stable country. It is culturally rich, with a 60,000 year old history of anci...  Read More

SVP sending an official letter to NSF in response to CSBR Hiatus

Posted: April 5, 2016
On March 16, NSF placed the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) program on hiatus for fiscal year 2017 in order to evaluate its long-term funding needs and its priority within the Biological Sciences Directorate. CSBR supports special initiatives within vertebrate paleontology collections, including upgrades to infrastructure, digitization, and curating orphaned collections.  While on hiatus, NSF is actively s...  Read More

iDigBio’s Outlier Detection and Documentation

Posted: March 25, 2016
iDigBio’s Outlier Detection and Documentation by Collectors Working Group is conducting a survey related to your experience with “outliers” (or “anomalies” or “oddities”) in biodiversity collections. For this survey, outliers are defined as individual specimens that differ from a previously documented or perceived general norm within a taxon in any biological characteristic such as morphol...  Read More
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