2014 Student Award Winners
|Jeffrey Benca||Testing a Proposed Driver of the End-Permian Mass Extinction||Richard K. Bambach|
|Peter Bishop||Cancellous Bone Architecture and the Evolution of Theropod Locomotion||Robert J. Stanton & James R. Dodd|
|Natalia Bykova||Geochemical window into taphonomy and paleoecology of Ediacaran organisms from the Khatyspyt Formation, Olenek Uplift, Siberia||Steven M. Stanley|
|Victoria Chraïbi||Resilience of Diatom Communities in Yellowstone to Trophic Cascade Disturbance||Ellis L. Yochelson|
|Max Christie||The Morphological Selectivity of Extinction||Richard K. Bambach|
|Selina Cole||Exploring Dynamic Controls of Genus Longevity Using Diplobathrid Crinoids||N. Gary Lane|
|Andrew Connolly||The Effects of the Parietal Foramen on Mosasaur Paleobiogeography||Kenneth E. & Annie Caster|
|Katharine Criswell||Primitive conditions and convergence in the vertebral column, a defining trait of vertebrates||Kenneth E. & Annie Caster|
|Kelly Cronin||Measuring lifespan bias in the fossil record using Mercenaria mercenaria and Chione elevata from seagrass bed in North Carolina||N. Gary Lane|
|Michael Donovan||First comparison of latest Cretaceous and early Paleocene insect damage in the Southern Hemisphere: evidence for a Patagonian biodiversity refugium after mass extinction?||Ellis L. Yochelson|
|Scott Evans||Paleoecology of the iconic Ediacaran genera Dickinosnia||Harry B. Whittington|
|James Golab||Ichnopedologic facies of the Upper Pennsylvanian Halgaito Formation, southeastern Utah: Interpreting environments of deposition through organism behavior.||Richard Osgood|
|Eric Gorscak||Descriptive and comparative morphology of titanosaurian sauropods: Characterizing paleobiogeographical patterns of African Cretaceous terrestrial faunas||Kenneth E. &
|Lucas Joel||Refining Early Sauropod Dinosaur Evolutionary History||Steven Jay Gould|
|Sandy Kawano||Modeling weight-bearing capabilities across the fish-tetrapod transition: computational and biomechanical approaches to understand the invasion of land||Mid-America Paleontology Society Outstanding Student Research|
|Caitlin Keating-Bitonti||Oxygen stress on benthic foraminifera: a modern case study of elemental I/Ca ratios||N. Gary Lane|
|Mathew Knauss||A material science and engineering assessment of enrollment in cooccurring Upper Ordovician trilobites Flexicalymene meeki and Isotelus gigas||Allison R. “Pete” Palmer|
|Adriane Lam||Paleobiogeographic analyses of a regional and continental Late Ordovician faunal migration||Arthur J. Boucot|
|Katharine Loughney||Using phytoliths to reconstruct paleoenvironments of the Miocene Barstow Formation, Mojave Desert, California||Kenneth E. & Annie Caster|
|Eric Lund||Function and Evolution of the Narial Region in Ceratopsian Dinosaurs||Rodney M. Feldmann|
|Madeline Marshall||Variation in macrofossil abundance and preservation under upwelling conditions: case study in the Permian Phosphoria Fm||G. Arthur Cooper|
|Kelly Matsunaga||A whole-plant concept for an Early Devonian basal lycophyte – implications for taxonomy and morphological evolution||James M. & Thomas J. M. Schopf|
|Jess Miller-Camp||Patterns in alligatorine evolution||Kenneth E. & Annie Caster|
|David Moss||Phylogenetic relationships and the evolution of extreme longevity in bivalves||Allison R. “Pete” Palmer|
|Christine Nguyen||Taphonomic Variance in Exceptional Preservation from the Mazon Creek Lagerstätten||Steven Jay Gould|
|William Phalen||Homotrema rubrum distribution and abundance: A potential paleoceanographic proxy for past disturbance events||Ellis L. Yochelson|
|Nirina Ratsimbaholison||Ontogenetic changes in the craniomandibular skeleton of theropod dinosaurs||Steven Jay Gould|
|Catherine Sartin||Ontogeny in Ornithopoda||Mid-America Paleontology Society Outstanding Student Research|
|Tracy Thomson||Behavioral, paleoenvironmental, and taphonomic controls on tetrapod swim track preservation with implications for early triassic reptile paleoecology||Rodney M. Feldmann|
|Kaydee West||Near-time Paleoecological Archives of Gastropod Opercula: a Stable Isotope Approach||Ellis L. Yochelson|
2014 Arthur James Boucot Research Grant Awardees
Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi
University of Zanjan, Zanjan, Iran
Title: The Oligocene-Miocene record of marine mammals (sea cows) from Central and Zagros basins of Iran, Western Asia. Awarded but not funded
Adiël A. Klompmaker
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Title: Decapod crustaceans in cold, deeper water coral reefs: vision, body size and facies-related diversity.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Title: Effect of environment and community morphospace in Devonian brachiopods.
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA
Title: Examining the relationship between early animal evolution and the development of bioturbation in the late Ediacaran of South China.
2014 Paleontological Society International Research Program (PalSIRP) Awardees
Anistratenko, Olga, Dept.Cenozoic Deposits, Inst. of Geological Sciences, Nat. Akad of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Sarmatian Patellogastropoda( Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Eastern Paraththyes:morphology, paleoecology and Biogeography.
Anistrarenko, Vitaliy, Dept. Invertebrate Zoology, Schmalhausen Inst. of Zoology, Nat. Akad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev. Larval alteration in Maeotian Sea gastropods: a mode of surviving and speciation under decreasing salinity.
Bannikov, Alexander, Borisyak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow. Field excavations of marine fishes from the Paleocene/Eocene boundary deposits in the North Caucasus.
Borszez, Tomasz, Dept. Marine Ecology, Inst. of Oceanology, Pol. Acad. Sci., Warszawy, SLAB: Slabs with sea urchins as a unique tool for discovering drivers in the macroevolutionary history of echinoderms.
Bratishko, Andriy, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine, Miocene teleostean fish fauna (otoliths) from the Zavetnoe, Crimea, Ukraine.
Fatka, Oldrich, Inst. Geology and Palaeontology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Attendance at the Field Workshop of Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy in Kunming in August, 2014.
Ivanov, Aleksandr, Dept. Sedimentary Geology, Inst. Earth Sciences, St. Petersburg University, Russia, Late Paleozoic neoselachian sharks: dental morphology, diversity, distribution and phylogenetic relationships.
Nemyrovska, Tamara, Inst. Geological Sciences, Nat. Acad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Analysis of the conodont sucession in the Donets Basin, Ukraine, to evaluate potential biostratigraphic markers for GSSP at the Moscovian/Kasimovia (Middle/Upper Pennsylvanian) boundary.
Novikov, Igor, Borissiak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow, Russia, Differentiation of the amphibian faunas in the Early Triassic of Eastern Europe.
Perkovsky, Evgeny, Schmalhausen Inst. of Zoology, National Acad. of Sciences of the Ukraine, Kiev, Sakhalinian amber, an exceptional window to the temperate Eocene of Asia (primitive ants vs. advanced dipterans).
Rosina, Valentina, Borissiak Paleotological Inst., Laboratory of Mammals, RAS, Moscow, Postcranial morphology of bats (Chiroptera, Mammalia) from the Late Eocene localities of Ukraine: implications to paleoecology and evolution.
Sirenko, Olena, Inst. of Geological Sciences, Nat. Acad. Of Sciences of the Ukraine., Kiev, Palynological studies of Sarmatian deposits of Ukraine for purpose of their stratification, correlation and reconstruction of the paleogeographic formation conditions.
Sennikov, Andrey, Borissiak Paleontological Inst., RAS, Moscow, Russia, Coprolites of tetrapods – the window in the Vyaznikovian pre-crisis Terminal Permian continental ecosystem.
Tolokonnikova, Zoya, Kuban State University, Geological Faculty, Regional and Marine Geology, Krasnodar, Russia, Late Devonian-Mississippian Bryozoans from Eurasia.
Wagner, Jan, National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Ursine bear origin: phenotypic characteristic and taxonomic status of the earliest representatives of subfamily Ursinae.
2014 Education and Outreach Grant Awardees
David Fastovsky and David Upegui
(University of Rhode Island and Central Falls High School)
“Phylogenetic Systematics: Getting Relationships Right in High School”
This project will develop and pilot a hands-on and specimen-based approach to teaching phylogenetic systematics in an underserved high school life science class.
Randall Irmis, Jessica Seppi, Natalie Toth, and Matt Whittaker
(Natural History Museum of Utah)
“ROCKS – Real Opportunities to Connect Kids with Scientists”
Randall and his team will connect with 4th graders in a rural Utah school by developing online videos on paleontology for the kids to view, followed by live-Skype sessions with museum scientists, and culminating in the class visiting the museum and meeting the scientists in person.
Benjamin Kotrc and Beaudry Kock
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Better World Coding)
“Earth in Sixty Seconds: An iOS-based game about geological time and the history of life on Earth”
Ben and Beaudry are developing an iPad game in which contestants must accurately place key events in life’s history onto a geologic time scale.
Ellen Thomas, Pincelli Hull, and Andrea Motto
(Yale University and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)
“Foraminifera and Changing Cenozoic Climate”
Yale undergraduates will work with New Haven public high school students to create an interactive science cart for the Peabody Museum that explores the use of microfossils like foraminifera to reconstruct ancient climates.
(Georgia State University)
“Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12”
Christy will be delivering a one-week summer workshop for K-12 teachers in Atlanta, with a focus on an integrative place-based approach to learning about the paleontology of Georgia.
(National Evolutionary Synthesis Center)
“SACNAS field trip to the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits”
The annual SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) conference takes place in Los Angeles in October 2014. Jory will be taking 25 undergraduate students attending SACNAS to the Page Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and tar pits and discussion of careers in paleontology with museum staff.
2014 Strimple Award
Héctor Gerardo Porras Múzquiz
2014 Schuchert Award
University of Wisconsin
2014 Medal Award
2014 Pojeta Award
(Need 2014 award winners.)
Fellows of the Paleontological Society Added in 2015