PRI’s Ecphora membership level was created as a way to better connect with individuals that primarily support PRI’s mission in the areas of scientific research and collections. This mutually beneficial relationship provides Ecphora members with exclusive benefits and opportunities to network with like-minded individuals while providing important financial support to enhance PRI’s collection and scientific research efforts.


  • Private tour of collections by appointment
  • Reduced external bench fees for research facility use (subject to project approval by Dr. Paula Mikkelsen, Associate Director for Science)
  • Discount on Summer Symposium registration
  • One free PRI publication (titles still in print) of your choosing in each year of membership
  • 15% discount on additional PRI publications and Museum Store merchandise
  • Discount on PRI field trips
  • 20% discount on select American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publications
  • Opportunity to subscribe to AGI’s EARTH magazine (additional fee)
  • Personal invitation to PRI’s annual reception at GSA
  • Free unlimited admission to Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center

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PRI’s mission of paleontological research in the fields of evolutionary paleobiology, conservation and macroevolution is carried out by nine PhD-level staff members and numerous graduate and undergraduate students. Evolution and conservation research ranges from fossils and modern mollusks to Paleozoic tetrapods. PRI staff members also conduct research on informal and formal Earth science education programs and initiatives, as well as the public understanding of science.

  • Collections: PRI has a world-class collection; highlights include modern and Cenozoic mollusks, one of the most comprehensive Paleozoic invertebrate collections in the United States and the Zinsmeister collection of Antarctic mollusks.
  • Publications: PRI publishes Bulletins of American Paleontology, the oldest paleontological journal in the Western Hemisphere, as well as numerous stand-alone books and booklets.
  • Research: Ranging from conservation paleobiology to citizen science projects like Mastodon Matrix™, our scientists actively engage in research and publish their findings. PRI houses a library and a suite of newly renovated labs.
  • Education: PRI helps make the history of the Earth system, and the science by which we understand it, accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

PRI and its Museum of the Earth is separate from, but formally affiliated with, Cornell University, and interacts closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.

"With these benefits, I expected the membership to be $150!"

— enthusiastic Professor of Geology who signed up at GSA and converted his Individual membership to an Ecphora membership

Ecphora membership dues are not tax-deductible due to benefits received.