Summer Symposium

Welcome! Please join us in August for the 9th Annual Summer Symposium at the Paleontological Research Institution!

We will be announcing details for this year's symposium in late Spring.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at PRI!

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Last Year's Schedule

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