Welcome to the 11th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) to be held at the University of California, Riverside, June 23–27, 2019. NAPC is an international conference that meets every 4-5 years, bringing together all branches of paleontology (vertebrate, invertebrate, paleobotany, micropaleontology, paleo-related organic and inorganic geochemistry, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and astrobiology) for a joint meeting typically hosted on a campus. The meeting attracts professional scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, serious amateur paleontologists, and interested members of the public. The purpose is to exchange research findings, define future directions, and be a forum for extended and relaxed interactions between professionals and early career scientists, most particularly graduate and undergraduate students. NAPC meetings are generally less formal than annual association meetings, and allow time for more extended and relaxed interactions. They also serve a major role in public outreach through public lectures and other activities.

We are planning pre- and post- meeting field trips as well as single day field trips in the middle of the meeting.

Online late Registration ends May 15, 2019; however, participants may register on-site. After April 22, we cannot accept any changes or requests for refunds.

Attendee registration includes conference materials, coffee and tea breaks, lunches and dinners (including the final banquet). Accommodation at Glen Mor will include breakfast.

Attention teachers: there will be a free, one-day workshop held on Tuesday June 25 on how to use digital resources to engage students with real paleontological data. Click here for more information and see below for information on getting professional development credit.

We extend a warm invitation to all to participate in the meeting, and are encouraged by the offers of support already received from Southern Californian paleontologists!

Three Paleontological Society Conference Travel Grants to Support Inclusion are now available. Applications are due May 31, 2019. More information in the dropdown below!

This IS PS: Inclusive and Safe Paleontological Society Events: The Paleontological Society is committed to safe and inclusive events and meetings for all attendees. The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the Society and to all participants in Society and Society-sponsored events. See details below!

  • Professional development credit for teachers attending the June 24 STEM Workshop

    Teachers who are interested in receiving professional development credit for attending the June 25 STEM workshop for teachers must make arrangements in advance with University Extension.  The cost is $65 per unit and is paid directly to UNEX when they applying for credit.

    Contact Elizabeth Pena, by calling (951) 827-1663 or send an email to To receive credit, teachers must attend the full day

  • PS Travel Grant to Support Inclusion

    The Paleontological Society recognizes the importance of educational and research practices that foster diversity and inclusion.  We value the contribution of diverse opinions, strategies, and experiences at the sessions, short courses, and workshops that we sponsor at meetings of the Geological Society of America and the North American Paleontological Convention as they are an integral part to the advancement of our field.  However, many of our colleagues who work extensively on inclusive educational and research practices might not qualify for research-based funding for conference travel from their home institutions.  In addition, colleagues from groups underrepresented in paleontology, in a career transition (between undergrad and grad, grad to post-doc, post-doc to position), or in adjunct, teaching, museum, or part-time positions are often the most vulnerable and most likely to leave paleontology and science. It is crucial that we ensure that these members are able to attend and participate in our meetings as well as network with community members who can provide the support and mentorship that is needed in these critical transitions or positions.  Thus, the Paleontological Society is offering competitive conference travel grants to help offset the travel expenses of three PS members from underrepresented and/or at-risk groups who would be unable to attend the GSA annual meeting or NAPC without travel support.

    Funding Amount: $1200 per award


    -Applicants should be members of the Paleontological Society.

    -Applicants should identify as members of an underrepresented group, OR be in a career transition (between undergrad and grad school, grad school to post-doc, or post-doc to position), OR belong to an at-risk group not listed here (to be explained by the applicant in their application).

    -Applicants must not have sufficient funds available to them for travel to conferences due to the nature of their employment (i.e., adjunct, teaching, museum, or part-time positions).

    Application materials:

    -A paragraph describing how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.

    -A budget itemizing expenses for the conference travel.

    -A C.V. or resume

    Application Process and Review

    Email questions and completed applications to The Paleontological Society Diversity and Inclusion Group:  Applications are due May 31, 2019. The Paleontological Society Diversity and Inclusion Group will review applications and award grants according to available funding.

  • This IS PS

    In this spirit, the Paleontological Society is implementing “This IS PS” (Inclusive and Safe Paleontological Society) to help ensure adherence to the Code of Conduct at Society-sponsored events.  If you are the subject of or witness prohibited behavior at a Society-sponsored event, immediately notify any member of the This IS PS team. Team members can be identified by buttons with the This IS PS logo.

    • The This IS PS team comprises several Society member-leaders who have been trained to receive and give reports of any incidences of prohibited behavior at Society-sponsored events.
    • This IS PS liaisons will listen respectfully without assumptions or judgment. 
    • This IS PS liaisons will confidentially report incidents to the Society Ethics Committee to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate consideration and follow-up.
    • Anyone subject to or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety or a criminal act should contact 911. Those witnessing a potential criminal act should also take actions necessary to maintain their own personal safety.

    Those who violate the Paleontological Society’s Code of Conduct at an event may be asked to leave the meeting immediately­, without refund.

We will have space for exhibitors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at NAPC please contact

Any questions? Send them to

Conservation Paleobiology Panel

This special workshop on "Conservation paleobiology at work: Welcome to the real world" will consist of a panel of practitioners who employ paleobiological techniques to solve current, "real-world" conservation problems, ranging from local or regional issues to matters arising from the consequences of climate change. All are welcome, and beer will be provided.  

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Events

Sponsored by the Paleontological Society Diversity & Inclusion Committee

For Students: Finding your community and building a support network

Finding your space and feeling at home within your professional scientific community is difficult, even more-so if you aren't a part of the majority. We invite students to come get to know each other and start to build community. This lunch will feature a panel of paleontologists who speak from their own experiences as scientists with minoritized backgrounds and who offer tips and tricks for building networks for collaboration and support. 

For All: Using your power & privilege for good

This lunchtime workshop invites people in positions of power (faculty, advisors, lab managers, and others) to build competencies and confidence for making real change in paleontology fields. The first part of this workshop leads participants in activities designed to explore and understand privilege. The second part focuses on developing practical strategies for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in paleontology

These workshops are free of charge and open to all.

NAPC 2019 Organizing Committee Members:

  • Mary Droser, University of California, Riverside
  • Nigel Hughes, University of California, Riverside
  • Nicole Bonuso, California State University, Fullerton
  • David Bottjer, University of Southern California
  • Doug Eernisse, California State University, Fullerton
  • Robert Gaines, Pomona College
  • Austin Hendy, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • David Jacobs, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jess Miller-Camp, University of Indiana
  • Richard Norris, Scripps Institute, University of California, San Diego
  • Kaustav Roy, University of California, San Diego
  • Peter Sadler, University of California, Riverside
  • Mark Springer, University of California, Riverside
  • Xiaoming Wang, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Michael Vendrasco, Pasadena City College

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celebrating 50 years of NAPC !


 Late registration closes May 15 (Participants will be able to register on-site).
Interested in being an exhibitor? Please send us a request at:

NSF town hall newly scheduled!

Paleo Society Conference Travel Grants to Support Inclusion now posted- due May 31!

Conservation paleobiology panel Wednesday @ 5pm. All welcome, beer provided!

Raffle items are coming in! Proceeds from the raffle will go towards to student support for the next NAPC. Have something to donate? Contact


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