WAVP annual meetings are friendly and supportive environments to showcase research in Vertebrate Paleontology.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The location for each meeting changes every year and is decided by vote. Unfortunately, the venue for the WAVP 2020 Annual Meeting in Saltillo, Mexico, had to change. The team at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, is honored to host WAVP for the same dates. Both the Museum and WAVP hope that the central location and many travel options, will offer everyone attending easy travel arrangements and a wonderful experience at the 2020 Annual Meeting!
Thank you for Registering for the WAVP 2020 Conference to be held at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum February 14-16, 2020. We look forward to meeting all the attendees in just a few short weeks. Please read over the updated information and contact the organizing committee at WAVP2020@gmail.com with any questions.Registration for the WAVP 2020 Meeting costs $60 USD per person, which includes registration, presentations, Friday evening reception, and the field trip.
Payment for registration will be due at check in, and is currently closed.
Dinner and social Saturday night for an additional $20 at Tenaya Creek Brewery
** Must be 21 years of age**
5:30 – 7:30 PM Tenaya Creek Brewery, 831 West Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas
Saturday February 15
Lunch break will be held at 11:30-1:00pm. We are encouraging attendees to remain at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum venue to discuss posters and network as dinner social will not be attended by everyone. We will be hosting a healthy food truck options with sandwiches, salads, and vegetarian/vegan options. Click Here for the Menu and More!
Field Trip Lunch
Please pack a lunch if you are attending a field trip. We will have water to refill and some small snacks. Please visit a convenience store or look for food options in your hotel.
The talk and poster presentation abstract submission closed on December 20th, 2019, at 10:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Information for Presenters
Posters: Posters are not to exceed 5’ wide x 3’ tall. Poster printing will not be available on site. Your presentation must cover the material described in your abstract.
Talks: Please prepare your talk using Microsoft PowerPoint and save it onto a USB thumb drive. You are allotted a total of 20 minutes. This time frame includes a 3 minute question period. A computer equipped with Windows, projector, and screen will be provided for oral presentations. Slide projectors, overhead projectors and multiple screens will not be available. Your presentation must cover the material described in your abstract.
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum
The Las Vegas Natural History Museum has been serving the southern Nevada community with engaging scientific programming for 28 years. The Museum is a regional repository for the State of Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Air Force administered lands. There will be an opportunity to visit collections via appointment.
Downtown Las Vegas
The Museum is located in the Cultural Corridor, in historic Downtown Las Vegas, NV. Bustling with culture and entertainment, you are sure to have a fabulous time while visiting us for the WAVP 2020 annual meeting!
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Lodging and Transportation
There will be two field trips offered simultaneously on Sunday, February 16th. Attendees who RSVP’d for the field trip will be notified with field trip logistics at registration.
Mesozoic of Southern NV: Valley of Fire State Park
This field trip, led by Josh Bonde, Becky Humphrey, and Steve Rowland, will provide an overview of the complex and fossil-rich Mesozoic deposits of Southern NV within Valley of Fire State Park. The Jurassic Aztec Sandstone preserves not only a diverse assemblage of vertebrate trackways, but also beautifully preserved petroglyphs. Valley of Fire is named for the flame-colored outcrops of the Aztec Sandstone, however many fossils can be found in the surrounding outcrops of the Cretaceous Willow Tank Formation. A guided hike will also explore the Cretaceous outcrops of the park, which have yielded the most complete dinosaur from the state of Nevada.
Pleistocene Las Vegas: Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
This field trip, led by Kathleen Springer, Jeff Pigati, and Dawn Reynoso, will explore the fossil-rich beds of the Las Vegas Formation in the Upper Las Vegas Wash. The Las Vegas Formation preserves thousands of Pleistocene fossils within groundwater discharge deposits that formed in paleowetlands. These extensive wetlands supported many aquatic invertebrates and fish, as well as members of the Pleistocene megafauna. The National Monument was established in 2014 in part to help protect the fossil resources of the park, including Columbian mammoth, western camel, horse, sabertooth cat, and dire wolf. This field trip will include an interpretive hike, pointing out sites of significant paleontological or geochronological significance.
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