The WAVP 2018 Meeting will bring together paleontologists from across the US to socialize, and present and discuss their research from the past year. Previous meetings have included paleontologists from California, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. Anyone interested in paleontology is welcome to attend.


This year’s meeting in St. George, Utah will offer mild February temperatures and a striking geologic setting.

The 52nd Annual
Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists

Annual Meeting

February 16-18 2018, St. George, Utah

Registration and Reception
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm



Registration and Poster Setup
Dixie State University

Morning Talks
Dixie State University

Break for Lunch

Afternoon Talks
Dixie State University

Poster Takedown

Banquet Dinner and Keynote Address
Location and speaker: TBD

Sunday, February 18


Field Trip — Triassic/Jurassic Stratigraphy and Paleontology

Led by Andrew Milner

Box lunches will be available


Monday, February 19


Bonus Field Trip to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada

Led by Kathleen Springer, Jeff Pigati, and Josh Bonde

Friday, February 16


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Saturday, February 17


8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 11:45 am

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

1:15 pm - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) contains the largest and most diverse, open-site Rancholabrean, vertebrate faunal assemblage in the Mojave and southern Great Basin deserts. The field trip will begin at the site of the iconic 1960s Tule Springs expedition, where the history of the site and current work will be revealed.  We will then travel to key sites in this large (nearly 23,000 acres), uniquely urban-interface national monument abutting the city of Las Vegas, NV and examine the stratigraphy, paleohydrology and chronology of TUSK’s extensive groundwater discharge deposits (formerly desert wetlands), and the Tule Springs local fauna entombed therein.

We will reconstruct the detailed history of the deposits, revealed by geologic mapping, stratigraphic analysis and targeted radiocarbon and luminescence dating, ascending through nearly 500 ka of the Las Vegas Formation. We will examine key “bins of time” in the sedimentary sequence that contain vertebrate fossils, and will discuss how cycles of wetland expansion and contraction in the middle-late Pleistocene were driven by climatic oscillations recorded in the Greenland ice cores, including Dansgaard–Oeschger cycles and other millennial and sub-millennial events.

Photos by Sarah Gibson (top) and Eddie Maloney (below)

WAVP Hotel List


Near Dixie State University


Comfort Suites

175 North 1000 East, St. George



Days Inn

150 North 1000 East, St. George



East Side



185 South 1470 East, St. George



Hampton Inn

53 North River Rd., St. George




1440 East Saint George Blvd, St. George



TownePlace Suites

251 South 1470 East, St. George


West Side


Crystal Inn

1450 South Hilton Dr., St. George



Red Lion Hotel

850 South Bluff St., St. George



Washington Area


Comfort Inn

974 North 2720 East, St. George



Quality Inn

912 West Red Cliffs Dr., Washington