This award was established in 2015 as a lifetime achievement award in recognition of significant and lasting contribution to the field of paleontology through advancement of the objectives of the Association. This award is named after its inaugural recipient, William W. Amaral.

Throughout his career, Bill was a teacher, an advocate, an innovator, and a skilled practitioner. Working within the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, he raised standards and expectations about what a fossil preparator is and does, helping to build a community by championing the very idea of profession. He participated in fieldwork for more than 40 years, and worked to improve or develop techniques for collecting and preparing fossils even into retirement.

Recipients of the William W. Amaral Legacy Award embody the traits that personify Bill; that he spent his career working to instill in others: patience, vigilance, collegiality, and above all, a drive to advance techniques in paleontology.                          

AMMP William W. Amaral Legacy Award

Education and advocacy to improve ethics, standards, and practices in paleontology


Russ McCarty Student Travel Grant


This award was established in 2016 in remembrance of Russ McCarty, Chief Preparator at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Russ was instrumental in introducing University of Florida students to laboratory and collections work, and his influence inspired a generation of paleontologists.

To honor this spirit of encouraging student involvement, the Student Travel Grant winner must have submitted an abstract for a talk or poster at the annual meeting, and will be selected from a pool of applicants by the Awards Committee.

The award includes one year of complimentary AMMP membership, waived conference registration, and a stipend to help offset travel and lodging costs.

AMMP Service Award


This award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding service to the Association above and beyond normal contributions. Awardees are selected by the Board of Directors, and nominations can be submitted by members in good standing.

The AMMP Service Award is presented to both acknowledge and encourage members that have made significant contributions to further the association's mission.