Workshops

Registration for pre-meeting workshops involves the payment of a separate fee to cover cost of materials.  Workshops, mini-courses, and demonstrations offered on April 18th during the meeting are free with general registration.  Spaces are limited.  Register early to assure you get your preferred workshops!

Pre-Meeting Workshops are open to meeting registrants as well as non-registrants, but priority placement will be given to meeting registrants.


Pre-Meeting Workshops (Tuesday, 16 April 2019)


Coming Soon!



2019 Host Committee

 Laura Wilson, Chair                                                   Fort Hays State University

Christina Byrd

Hillary McLean

Workshops, Mini-Courses, and Demonstrations (Thursday, 18 April 2019)

(Attendance at these workshops and events is free with your registration for the Annual Meeting.)


Molding & Casting: The Basics

Half-day workshop.

This workshop will feature demonstrations and hand-on opportunities for attendees to work with different materials and techniques. Special attention will be given to how materials and methods change with the size and morphology of the specimen. 

Facilitators: Hillary McLean and Pike Holman


Molding & Casting: Education, Outreach, and Consumption

Quarter-day workshop (offered twice)

This workshop will focus on producing molds and casts for use outside of research and display projects. This includes tips for mass-production of casts for education/outreach/sales, material durability for handling, and production of food-grade molds and casts (i.e., chocolate!). Comments and tips on painting casts will also be offered.

Facilitators: Hillary McLean and Mitch Sommers


Acid Preparation

Half-day workshop

This will be a short-course (including demonstrations) on acid preparation techniques. Facilitators will cover basic how-tos, safety, and challenges, as well as provide opportunities for participants to get hands-on experience with different acids. Sulfamic and other acids will be covered.

Facilitators: Joshua Lively, TBD


2D Digitization

Quarter-day workshop

This workshop will discuss a variety of photography equipment and software that can be utilized for collections digitization, with a focus on how to tailor the set-up to your collection needs and budget. Equipment and software specs will be made available.

Facilitators: Christina Byrd, Hannah Horinek



Developing and Adapting Workflows

Quarter-day workshop

This workshop will discuss the process of workflow development, the importance of documenting workflows, and the ways a workflow can evolve with the needs and resources of your institution. 

Facilitator: Christina Byrd


Time Lapse Photography

Quarter-day workshop

Learn how to set up time-lapse photography in your lab for recording prep and other projects. These videos can be used for educational, research, marketing, and documentation purposes.

Facilitator: Mike Eklund


Social Media and Paleontology

Quarter-day workshop

This short-course will explore how different social media platforms can be used in paleontology, with discussion on applications for education, PR, marketing, recruitment, and more.  Information and discussion will be relevant to prep labs, collections, education/outreach, and research.

Facilitators: Darrah Steffen, TBD


3D Digitization

Half-day workshop

This workshop will teach participants how to digitize specimens in three dimensions using the Creaform handheld 3D scanner, with a focus on scalability with specimens and within collections of various size. Techniques taught will include operation of the scanner and associated VXelements software, efficient workflow techniques, and basics of specimen reconstruction in three dimensions.

Facilitator: Chase Shelburne


AMMP: Archiving Methods and Materials in Paleontology

Quarter-day workshop (offered twice)

Preparators, collections managers, research lab managers, curators, educators, and others in the field of paleontology have been working to refine procedures, develop best-practices, and document protocols and workflows. However, these documents are very rarely shared among institutions, with information most commonly passed from teacher to student, by word-of-mouth between colleagues, or in brief conference abstracts. This workshop will offer people a chance to share documents with others in the field in a centralized database. Fort Hays State University IT staff members will be present to introduce people to the document database and instruct on document upload and organization. Data will be housed on a FHSU server for long-term storage and be publicly available.

Facilitator: FHSU IT staff


Paleontology Collection Tours

Quarter-day (offered four times)

This is your chance to tour the Sternberg Museum’s vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology collections. The collections are representative of Kansas and western Great Plains faunas, with exceptional Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, Late Miocene grassland, and Pleistocene megafauna assemblages. The geology collection will also be available to those interested.

Facilitator: Laura Wilson, FHSU paleontology graduate students




Zoology Collection Tours

Quarter-day (offered twice)

Our extensive zoology collection is vital to understanding, measuring, and monitoring the biodiversity of past and present ecosystems of the region. This collection includes entomology, ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, and mammalogy. Specimens include skins, taxidermy mounts, skeletons, fluid-preserved skeletons (in alcohol), and a tissue bank.

Facilitators: Curtis Schmidt, biology graduate students


Guided Nature Trail Walk

Quarter-day (offered twice)

The Museum campus includes a 22-acre nature preserve with over 2 miles of maintained dirt paths. Sternberg staff, community volunteers, and FHSU students and faculty are working to restore this area with native plants.  Along the trail, learn about native plants and animals, open prairie and riparian ecosystems, our apiary, plans for an arboretum, and ongoing research projects. Even if a guided tour does not work in your schedule, the trails are open to the public free of charge dawn to dusk.

Facilitators: Curtis Schmidt, biology graduate students


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