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

Please note: WAVP registration and merchandise are being hosted by Utah Friends of Paleontology via their online store. All proceeds will be forwarded to WAVP event organizers. The UFOP website does not have an SSL certificate, but the ecommerce site checkout and PayPal payment processing are secure.


To complete more than one individual registration,  edit the requested information specific to each person and then add each person's order to the shopping bag.  You will see each order with its custom options  listed individually at checkout.

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

WAVP 2018 Abstract Guidelines Abstracts Deadline: Friday January 26, 2018 Abstract: 1-2 paragraphs, up to one page, single-spaced 
(12 pt font, Times New Roman preferred). Abstracts should indicate: • Author Names • Institution(s) • First Author Contact Email We will publish the abstracts through UCMP's Paleobios. Mention in your email whether you prefer a talk or poster, and we will try to accommodate this. Please email them as attachment to: 
We will email you back to confirm receipt. Submit your abstract in a .doc or .pdf file format. Talks: Email or bring the PowerPoint presentation you will be using by Friday night, February 16th, so that we can download this onto our computer for talks. Talks will be limited to 15 minutes with up to 5 minutes of questions (20 minutes total). Posters: Posters will be put up on Saturday morning, February 18, from 8-9 am. Authors will need to be present for the viewing session that day from 4:30-5 pm. Poster size should be between 3' to 4' height by 4' to 5' width. WAVP 2018 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

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

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



Registration and Poster Setup
Outside Browning Building 101, Dixie State University

Morning Talks
Dunford Auditorium, Browning Building 101, DSU

Break for Lunch

Afternoon Talks
Dunford Auditorium, Browning Building 101, DSU

Poster Takedown
Browning Building 101, DSU

Buffet Dinner and Keynote Address
Gardner Student Center Ballroom, DSU

Speakers: Andrew Farke and Robert Gay, Impacts of Potential Boundary Changes on Vertebrate Paleontology Research in Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments

WAVP T-shirts



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

10:45 am: Meet at Aliante Hotel and Casino parking lot

11:00 am: Departure

~4:30-5:00 pm: Return to Las Vegas

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.

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