It’s a busy time of the year for the paleo community! Last week Seattle hosted the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting from October 22–25, and 12 current and former members of the DIG team presented at the meeting: DIG Director Greg Wilson, Assistant Director Brody Hovatter, Stephanie Smith, Luke Weaver, Paige Wilson, Tom Tobin, Isabel Fendley, Meng Chen, Jonathan Calede, Courtney Sprain, Natalie Toews, and Amanda Peng. The GSA is a global professional society for geologists and paleontologists, and the event played host to 7,100 attendees from 54 different countries. Additionally, University of Washington Professor Dr. Caroline Stromberg was awarded the Schuchert Award from the Paleontological Society, which is presented to a person early in his or her career whose work reflects excellence and promise in the science of paleontology. Congratulations Caroline!
Like the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) annual meeting, the GSA meeting provides a chance for professional and non-professional geoscience enthusiasts to learn about current research in a number of different subdisciplines, meet and network with geoscience researchers and educators, and connect with old friends and colleagues. Additionally, these societies are a great way to help build your content knowledge in a number of different scientific disciplines (especially if you’re a STEM teacher!). Interested in learning more about these societies? Visit GSA’s website here and SVP’s website here.
In other paleo news, a number of interesting scientific articles have been released lately, including an interesting new take on the factors that led to the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs, mammalian ecological diversity across the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary (authored by DIG founders Greg Wilson and Lauren DeBey!), and an interesting piece on Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s hunt for ancient dinosaur molecules. Click on the links above to read more about some of the latest research in paleontology.