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Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists

The Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists (WAVP) Annual Meeting

February 14th-16th 2020

Las Vegas Natural History Museum


WAVP annual meetings are friendly and supportive environments to showcase research in Vertebrate Paleontology.  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, has had to change. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, has graciously offered to host WAVP for the same dates on short notice. Hopefully, with the central location and many travel options, the 2020 WAVP annual conference can still be a success!



Join the WAVP Facebook group: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/132425174152497/)




Registration for the WAVP 2020 Meeting costs $60 USD per person, which includes registration, presentations, Friday evening reception, and the field trip.


Dinner Saturday night for an additional $20, location TBD


Advanced registration payment will be available on this website soon, or you can pay on-site upon arrival.





Click here to RSVP for the WAVP 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMQJUmNv5bRQnbYqeVzrYexWCRSnxdxNVTNHqx5OOjO6Tfrw/viewform)

If you are planning on presenting and/or attending the WAVP 2020 meeting, RSVP for the meeting is required by Jan. 14th, but RSVP as soon as possible!


Abstract Submission:

Talk and poster presentations require abstract submission by December 20th, 2019, at 10:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Abstracts should be in the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology format: 500 characters for the abstract title, 2200 characters for the body of the abstract (character counts do not include spaces), and in .doc or .docx format.

Please submit abstracts for talks or posters to WAVP2020@gmail.com

In the subject, please put last name and abstract (i.e., Bonde-Abstract).



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!

Cultural Highlights:


Nightlife and Dining Highlights:



Lodging and Transportation:

  • We are currently working on arranging a partner hotel; in the meantime, if you want to book a room, the hotels along the Fremont Street District are closest to the Museum. These are located within walking distance or an inexpensive ride-share.
  • Parking at the Museum is Free.
  • The nearest campgrounds to the Museum are Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Valley of Fire State Park, although these are easily an hour's drive from the Museum.
  • The LVNHM is closest to McCarran International Airport. Rideshare, car rentals, and taxi services are available at the airport.


Field Trip:

At this point, field trips are in the planning stage. Las Vegas is uniquely situated between world-class Pleistocene outcrops of the Las Vegas Formation as well as Mesozoic exposures of the Jurassic Aztec Sandstone and Cretaceous Willow Tank Formations. Updates will be shared via Facebook, this website, and the email mailing list.