Summer Symposium

Welcome! Please join us from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 for our 10th Annual Summer Symposium at the Paleontological Research Institution! We are celebrating a decade of Summer Symposium success with a Friday evening social hour and pizza dinner, three keynote speakers, and two field trip options!

Friday, July 29th, starting at 6:30pm

Social hour and pizza dinner at the Cayuga Nature Center, featuring a keynote talk by Dr. Patricia Kelley of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Dr. Kelley is a Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer and world-renowned authority on the evolution and paleoecology of Atlantic Coastal Plain mollusks, particularly the fossil record of predation by drilling snails. Find out more about Dr. Kelley’s research here. Dinner will be casual and attendees will have the opportunity to explore CNC's fantastic exhibits and beautiful grounds.

Please note: This event is at the Cayuga Nature Center (directions), while the Saturday event is at the Museum of the Earth (directions).

Saturday, July 30th

Posters and presentations by professionals, students, and amateurs whose research covers paleontology, earth science, biology, environmental science or science education. Breakfast, lunch, and the evening barbecue are included with registration.

Saturday will also feature two additional keynote speakers. Dr. Ann Budd, (University of Iowa), a prominent expert on the systematics and evolution of reef corals, will speak in the morning, followed in the afternoon by Dr. William Crepet (Cornell University), a paleobotanist and world expert on the fossil record of flowering plants. Read more about Dr. Budd’s work here and Dr. Crepet's work here.

Sunday, July 31st, 9am to 5pm

Two, all-day field trip options: One will be led by Dr. Carlton Brett from the University of Cincinnati and Dr. Gordon Baird from SUNY Fredonia and will focus on the Finger Lakes’ Devonian geological history. The second will be led by Dr. Daniel Karig from Cornell University and will focus on the glacial geomorphology of the Ithaca area. The field trips will run from 9am to 5pm and attendance will be capped (see registration page for details). Field trip registration includes 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. Note: Both field trips have the potential for wet feet, so please consider bringing extra footwear.


Online registration is now closed, but same-day registration will be available for the Friday and Saturday events.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at PRI for this special 10th annual Summer Symposium!

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