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

Tuesday April 18

Pre-Meeting Field Trip: Harry Ransom Center Conservation Labs

Participants who wish to arrive early can partake in this special engagement. The Harry Ransom center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Conservators and technicians here are well versed in the preservation of literature, photography, film, art and the performing arts. Special focus will given to paper conservation and archival materials.

Thursday April 20

Platform and Poster Presentations

A full day of presentations covering a wide variety of paleontological issues in conservation, preparation, and study of fossil specimens. The poster session will follow.

Friday April 21

Workshops: learn new techniques, review, and share ideas

The offering of a full day of workshops is a critical part of the annual meeting. The fields encompased by materials and methods in paleontology are implicitly hands-on entities. By participating in hands-on, small group offerings participants will have an opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as share ideas and solutions with others. Workshop offerings include:

     Dermested Colony Basics: purpose, uses, care, and maintenance

     3D Imaging

     Lab Planning

     Basic to advanced Microscope Techniques


     Moving Heavy Objects


     Gap Fillers

     Imaging Documentation

Saturday April 22

Field Trips (optional, extra fee)

Participants can choose between two field trips. Each field trip is an all day event with lunch included in the fee. Options are as follows:

     Waco Mammoth National Monument and Inner Space Caverns

     Dinosaur Valley State Park

Wednesday April 19

Ethics Symposium

Often without explicitly stating it, the decisions and methodologies we practice are based on ethical reasoning. This is a critical element to operating in any field.  When it comes to paleontological data, ethical decision-making and reasoning should be at the core of our thinking. However, it may not be entirely clear what this means or how to place it in context.

Here, we address this topic with targeted talks on various aspects of ethics in paleontology. Additionally, discussion time will allow for feedback, comments, and questions regarding each topic. The day will close with attendees participating in an audit of the AMMP Code of Ethics; a fundamental document that helps define us as an Association.



April 19-22, 2017

Wednesday April 19

Histology Workshop led by Sarah Werning (co-leader Lisa Herzog)

This workshop will run from 1pm - 6pm in the VPL. The basics of Hisological sampling of fossil specimens will be covered. This technique is not easily mastered. However, participants will get an introduction to best practices using standard methodologies.

Topics covered will include: specimen sampling, embedding and embedding materials, slide preparation and adhering technique. Cutting, grinding, and polishing. Since curing time for materials is longer than the alloted time for the workshop, specimens will be provided for each stage.