Field Trips & Workshops


For those who will be arriving early, there are a few pre-meeting field trips happening before June 23rd that will transition into main NAPC 2019 event.

Midweek Trips & Workshops

There are quite a few midweek field trips, which will be happening around the NAPC workshops.

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Our post-meeting field trips will after the convention from June 28th and last through July 2nd

Field Trips



Field trips

“The middle Miocene in Southern California: Mammals, environments, tectonics of the Barstow, Crowder, and Cajon formation”

Leaders: Katharine Loughney, Tara Smiley

Number ofParticipants: 25 max

Single day trip: June 22



"Extinction events and biodiversification in the Cambro-Ordovician of the eastern Basin and Range"

Leaders: Jonathan Adrain and Seth Finnegan

Number of Participants: 8-18

Dates: June 18-22


Field trips

“Ediacaran-Cambrian transition of the southwestern USA”

Leaders: Emmy Smith and Lidya Tarhan

Number of Participants: 5-17

Dates: June 19-22


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Field trips

“Paleontology of the Palos Verdes Peninsula”

Leaders: Austin Hendy, Lindsey Groves, Jorge Velez-Juarbe

Number of Participants: 9-25

1 Day: June 25


Field trips

“Early low tide visit to Crystal Cove State Park, free time in Laguna Beach, and Newport Pleistocene terrace”

Leaders: Doug Eernisse and Shawn Wiedrick

Number of Participants: 7-24

1 Day: JUNE 25: 5:30 am to 4 pm


Field trips

“Alf Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum”

Leaders: Andrew Farke and Emily Lindsey

Number of Participants: 55-110

1 Day: JUNE 25

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Field trips

Fossil Lakes of Nevada--from Diatoms to Fish

Leader: Dick Norris

Number of Participants: 20 max

3-4 Days



“Middle Cambrian Fossil Lagerstätten of Utah”

Leaders: Robert Gaines, Rudy Lerosey-Aubril, Julien Kimmig

Number of Participants: 10-18

Dates: June 28-Jul 2


Field trips

“Tour of the Western Science Center”

Leader: Alton Dooley, Jr.

Number of Participants: 20-40

1 Day: June 28

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We have multiple confirmed mid-meeting workshops scheduled for Tuesday, June 25.



Numerical Biochronology

Hands-on application to real Paleozoic data sets will explore a range of options in the CONOP (CONstrained OPtimization) software, written for Windows (XP, 7, 10) 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems (or Windows emulation on Mac computers). Course notes, the CONOP program and data-manager, manuals and sample datasets will be provided to all participants. CONOP conducts brute-force, trial-and-error searches that employ a simple physical analogy rather than esoteric mathematics. We will use it to mimic the logic of several different seriation programs. Peter Sadler, UC Riverside



Timetree Methods for Beginners

An overview of commonly used methods and programs for constructing time trees with molecular data and calibrations from the fossil record. Mark Springer, UC Riverside



Paleobiology Database

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the scope of data stored within the PBDB, the workflow for entering information, methods for searching and downloading data, and tools and lesson plans for research and educational activities. Please create a guest account at "Join the PBDB" at before you come, and bring your laptop to the workshop. Matthew Clapham, UC Santa Cruz



Talk to your elected Officials!

A workshop on communication and public policy for Paleontologists: Current issues and events impinge on science in a variety of ways; some directly, some indirectly. Many scientists, including paleontologists, would like to share an informed opinion about these issues with their representatives in local, state, or national government, but may feel that they lack the necessary skills or vocabulary to do so. What are the current and pending issues? How can we be most effective in communicating our knowledge and opinions? Which approaches work well and which work less well? This workshop is intended to provide guidance on a range of options for establishing and maintaining communication with elected officials, from making an initial telephone call to visiting Washington, D.C. for an in-person meeting. Sandy Carlson, UC Davis

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