In this episode, David reports back on his experience at one of the year’s most exciting events (for us, anyway): the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is a scientific organization with many jobs. They foster connections between vertebrate paleontologists all over the world; provide educational materials for students and teachers; advise government agencies on policies regarding fossils and natural resources; publish the peer-reviewed Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology; and more.
And they host an annual meeting, known affectionately as SVP.
This year, the 77th annual SVP meeting was held in Calgary, Alberta. There were just over 1,000 attendees, including researchers from many countries, museums, and universities; graduate and undergraduate students; vendors; artists; journalists; and more!
Most of the meeting is devoted to research. Over the course of the four days of this conference, around 300 scientists presented their research in the form of 15-minute talks to rooms of viewers, and about 400 more presented their work as part of the poster presentations.
These presentations are a great opportunity for attendees to see what work is currently ongoing around the world, and for researchers to get feedback on their projects.
We mentioned a bunch of interesting research on the podcast episode, but barely scratched the surface. Here are a bunch of research from this year’s SVP that has been written about in news stories and press releases recently:
- Our professor Blaine Schubert is pulling giant bears out of beautiful sink holes in Mexico.
- The newly-named Borealopelta has inspired a bunch of new research answering the questions of how ankylosaurs used their spiky armor, and why they’re so commonly found upside-down.
- Incredible new fossils, rescued from poachers, provides unprecedented insight into the life history and behavior of oviraptorosaurs.
- Mammoth teeth in Texas hold clues to where these big mammals were living and what they were eating.
- How did dinosaur eggs survive the Arctic? Perhaps with specialized nesting strategies.
- There were multiple presentations about mysterious lizards trapped in amber.
- The Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs presented their Moveable Dinosaur Museum!
- And so much more.
- We also said we would include a link to info on Sara ElShafie’s science communication workshops.
And now, pictures:
Next year: New Mexico!