Summer Symposium

Welcome! Please join us on the weekend of August 2 & 3, 2014 for the 8th Annual Summer Symposium at the Paleontological Research Institution!

Saturday, August 2nd will feature posters and presentations by professionals, students, and amateurs whose research covers paleontology, earth science, biology or science education. This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Linda Ivany of Syracuse University. Breakfast, lunch, and the evening barbecue are included with registration.

On Sunday, August 3rd, Dr. Gordon Baird of SUNY Fredonia will lead a field trip from PRI focused on the Finger Lakes’ Devonian geological history. The field trip will run all day (9am to 5pm). Field trip registration will include lunch, but guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and water. Please be sure to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. and wear closed-toe shoes.

Proceed to the registration page to sign up for one or both of these exciting days. If you are doing research, please also sign up to share it with us in a talk or a poster presentation! Both talk and poster session slots are limited, so sign up today!

The schedule for Saturday is below or can be downloaded here.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at PRI!

Special Offer!

All registrants will receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store on August 2nd!

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9:45Dr. Paula Mikkelsen: Welcome
10:00David Broussard: Paleoecological Analysis of the Late Devonian Red Hill Site, Pennsylvania, USA, Using vertebrate microfossils
10:15Marla Coppolino: Tiny Wonders in Microhabitats: Why Native Land Snails are Vital to a Healthy Ecosystem
10:30Rebecca Rundell: Evolution and conservation of land snails
10:45Czekanski-Moir: Contrasting diversity patterns in a neontological assemblage: Land snails and ants of Palau
11:15William Bemis: Teeth of Great White Sharks and Allies: New Perspective
11:30Josh Moyer: Development and Microstructure of Shark Tooth Histotypes
11:45Warren Allmon: Evolutionary Tempo and Mode in Greenhouse VS. Icehouse worlds
12:00Lunch; Museum and Collections Tours
1:00David Moss: Evolution of Extreme Longevity in Bivalves
1:15Elijah Carter: Exploring a potential link between student attitudes towards evolution and global climate change vis-à-vis the nature of science
1:30Jerold Bastedo: Penn Dixie Site: A Classic & Unique Educational Resource
1:45Rob Ross: A New Series of Regional Guides to Earth Science for Teachers
2:00Jansen Smith: Utilization of geohistorical data to identify an invasive predatory gastropod in the Colorado River delta, Mexico
2:30Gordon Baird: Signatures of the global, end-Devonian Hangenberg Biocrisis in Pennsylvania and Ohio: perspectives from regional stratigraphy
2:45Dan Karig: Vic’s Varves: editing and organizing the works of V.E. Schmidt, donated to PRI
3:00Dr. Linda Ivany: Keynote: Eocene Climate Change and Paleoseasonality: Insights from Fossil Bivalves
4:00Poster Session


David BullisPhylogeny, biogeography and conservation of the endodontoid land snails of Belau (Republic of Palau, Oceania)
Greg DietlUsing the tools of paleoecology to assess the role of invasive rat predation in the extinction of Kaua'i's endemic land snails
Emily JuddTerrestrial Climate Change Across the Eocene-Oligocene Transition Based on Stable Isotope Ratios in Teeth From the Cypress Hills (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Jim KerrAntipredatory morphology and intensity of sublethal predation in Mesozoic ammonoids
Stephanie SangPhylogeny, developmental mode, and evolution in geminate species of turritelline gastropods from the Central American Isthmus region
John SimeRepair scar frequency as an indicator of ecological change and stability through two episodes of faunal turnover in the Plio-Pleistocene of the Carolina Coastal Plain
Martin Welych-FlanaganThe Effects of Short-term Sea Level Fluctuations on Devonian Brachiopods
Chris WildrickSurvey of the Variance in Dinosaur Name Pronunciations from Selected Internet Sources
Jay ZambitoNew Insights into the Trilobite and Conodont Biostratigraphy of the Middle-Upper Devonian Genesee Group in eastern New York State