Event Location

Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
The venue for this year's meeting is 5-acre park featuring more than 100 dinosaur replicas, plus a museum  and a working fossil prep lab. Several Great Basin Chapter members do volunteer prep work here.

1544 East Park Boulevard
Ogden, UT

The 2015 logo design features Zacanthoides liddelli from the Spence Shale in the Wellsville Mountains not far from Ogden, Utah.

Schedule

Friday, April 24, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM   Registration & Reception at

George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park

Saturday, April 25, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 AM

 

9:00 – 10:00 AM

 

10:00 – 10:30 AM

 

10:30  – Noon

 

12:00 – 1:30 PM

 

1:30 – 3:00 PM

 

3:00 – 3:15 PM

 

3:15 – 5:00 PM

 

5:00 – 6:00 PM

 

6:00 – 9:00 PM

 

 

6:00 PM

 

 

7:00 PM

 

 

8:00 PM

 

Board of Trustees Meeting

 

General Business Meeting

 

Break

 

Talks

 

Lunch on Your Own

 

Talks

 

Break

 

Talks

 

Posters

 

Banquet at the Timbermine

Restaurant

 

Social Hour, minus travel time to banquet restaurant

 

Banquet at the Timbermine Restaurant, 1701 Park Boulevard

 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Colleen Farmer, Department of Biology, University of Utah will present:

The Lungs of Mesozoic & Cenozoic Archosaurs: Implications for Permian-Triassic Tetrapod Faunal Turnover

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Field Trip  (see field trip schedule below)

Presenters

Our banquet keynote address will be given by Colleen Farmer, Ph.D. She will be talking about physiological and lung aspects of alligators and the possible correlation/links to dinosaurs.

Colleen Farmer's Farmerlab employs computational paleophysiology to understand the functional dynamics of vertebrate lungs. The lab also performs structure-function studies of extant animals to better understand the biology of extinct animals.

 

Oral Presentation Schedule

Saturday, April 25th, 2014

Time

 

10:30 AM

 

 

 

10:45 AM

 

 

11:00 AM

 

 

11:15 AM

 

 

11:30 AM

 

 

11:45 AM

 

 

1:30 PM

 

 

1:45 PM

 

 

2:00 PM

 

 

 

2:15, 2:30, 2:25  PM

 

3:15 PM

 

 

 

3:30 PM

 

 

3:45 PM

 

 

4:00 PM

 

 

4:00 PM

 

 

4:30 PM

 

 

4:45 PM

Presenter

 

JOHN FOSTER

Comparative Trilobite Taphonomy from the Near-shore to Outer Shelf Settings, Latest Early Cambrian of the Ssouthern Great Basin

 

JIM LEHANE

Changing Behaviors - Studying the Evolution of Behavior Using Deep Marine Trace Fossils

 

REBECCA HUNT-FOSTER

Walking in Their Footsteps: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail Construction

 

JEFF EATON

New Horizons - Exploring the Cenozoic of southwestern Utah

 

ARVID AASE

Fossils of Marble Canyon—Superheroes of the Cambrian Explosion

 

VAL GUNTHER

These Are Not The Arthropods You Are Looking For

 

RANDY B. IRMIS, ADAM K. HUTTENLOCKER, & CORNELIA RASMUSSEN

A New Fossil Vertebrate Assemblage from the Early Permian of Southeastern Utah

 

MARK LOEWEN

The Enigmatic Theropods of the Morrison Formation

 

DAN CHURE

Adventures in an Ancient Desert: Fossils and Environments of the Nugget Sandstone in Northeastern Utah

 

JIM KIRKLAND, PHIL POLICELLI, DON DEBLIEUX, SCOTT MADSEN & DALE GRAY

Stikes Quarry; A Uniquely Important Dinosaur Site in the Early Cretaceous of Eastern Utah

 

DON DEBLIEUX

The Taphonomy of a Mired Sauropod Dinosaur at Doelling’s Bowl Bonebed in the Early Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, eastern Utah

 

ALAN TITUS

Ceratopsid Evolution and Craniofacial Functional Morphology in Time and Space

 

DEANNA BRANDAU

Cretaceous Tooth Traces on Ceratopsids from the Kaiparowits Formation

 

TONY EKDALE

Invertebrates IN Vertebrates: The Hidden World of Endocranial Trace Fossils

 

JESSE PRUITT

Time Traveling with Lasers

 

CLIFF GREEN

Very Recent Discoveries that Change the Life Appearances of certain Prehistoric Fauna

 

HANNAH COWAN

Anti-looting and Vandalism Public Outreach Campaign Partnership

Poster Session

Saturday, April 25th, 2014

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Poster 1    CARRIE LEVITT-BUSSIAN & ANN JOHNSON

Reversing Obsolete Preparation Techniques to get to the Real Bone

 

Poster 2    ALEX LOWE

Reconstructing Paleoprecipitation and Chemical Weathering Rates using Elemental Analysis of Paleocene-Aged Soils

 

Field Trip to Spiral Jetty &
the Gunther Family Fossil Collection, Sunday April 26

Tools to bring for Sunday field trip:

Hunting for selenite crystals at the Spiral Jetty

  • Small shovel (could be a garden hand trowel)
  • Change of shoes (digging is on the salt flats and can be wet/dirty, this allows you to
  • avoid dirt in your car and at the Gunthers home, which is our last stop)
  • A bucket or bags (for collecting crystals, and putting dirty items into)
  • Gloves (optional)

Note: we will have wash buckets available to clean up afterwards.

Splitting shale to look for trilobites in backyard of Gunther’s home

  • Rock hammer
  • Thin splitting chisel for shale (screwdriver may be helpful as well)
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves

Note: Bring your tools if you have them. Other tools will be available for those who need them.

 

Thanks to Val Gunther for all his work preparing for and hosting the field trip.

 

Thanks also to Shane Harris, Gene Boardman, and Bevan Hardy at U-Dig Fossils for donating and helping load fossiliferous shale for participants to split. Thanks also to Jennifer Holman of New-Dig (another trilobite dig company), who also helped in loading.

 

9:15 AM

 

 

9:30 AM

 

 

 

10:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM

 

 

 

Meet at parking lot of Ogden
Comfort Suites Inn near Interstate 15.

 

Depart in vehicles, carpool/caravan north on I-15 to Exit 365, turn right (west) on Hwy 13 to Hwy 83

 

Golden Spike National Monument, site of the first joining of the transcontinental railroad. Pause to rendezvous before heading out the last 16 miles of graded gravel road to the world-famous Spiral Jetty earth works sculpture by Robert Smithson. From GSNHS take the gravel road leading west toward the West Side Drive approximately 6 miles (9 km) to an intersection that has a small white “Promontory Ranch” sign. Take the south (left) road from the “Promontory Ranch” sign intersection and continue south about 1 mile (1.5 km) to an intersection near a corral; veer right to the road that heads southwest and continue about 9 miles (13.5 km) to Great Salt Lake at Rozel Point. You will see a linear jetty associated with past oilfield activity, and the Spiral Jetty.

 

Arrive at Spiral Jetty, have lunch (box lunches that you can order as part of registration or bring your own lunch). We will spend about 1.5 hrs. here. View / take photos of Spiral Jetty and collect selenite crystals from the dry Great Salt Lake lakebed (lake levels are near historic low).

1:00 PM

 

 

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00 PM

Leave for Gunther family home in
Brigham City, Utah

 

Arrive at Gunther home (80 N 200 W, Brigham City). View the Gunther family’s extensive collection of trilobites & invertebrates. They have found many scores of new species, and many named for their family.

 

Conclude field-trip.

Thanks to Val Gunther for his work preparing for and hosting the field trip. Thanks to Shane Harris, Gene Boardman, and Bevan Hardy at U-Dig Fossils for donating and helping load fossiliferous shale for participants to split. Thanks also to Jennifer Holman of New-Dig (another trilobite dig company), who also helped in loading.