Utah Friends of Paleontology
Symposium and Annual Meeting

St George, Utah
April 28 through April 30, 2017

Utah Friends of Paleontology Southwest Chapter and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site are proud to host the 2017 Annual Meeting of Utah Friends of Paleontology.

The meeting will feature paleontology talks, a poster session, a keynote speaker, barbecue dinner, and field trip.

Please visit this page for information updates, and follow UFOP via Facebook or Twitter @utahpaleo #UFOP2017 for event announcements.

Paleontologist Bill Parker at Petrified Forest National Park

 Photo by David Velk



Friday, April 28, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 PM   Registration & Reception at
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Dunford Auditorium, Browning Learning Resource Center, Dixie State University

8:15 AM


9:00 AM


11:15  AM

1:30 PM


6:00 PM


Election of Officers


Speakers and posters


Keynote: Dr. Bill Parker,

Petrified Forest National Park


Speakers and posters


BBQ Dinner at Highland Park,
1250 N Highland Pkwy.,

Washington, UT (Register for dinner or bring your own, all are welcome!)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Field Trip meets 7:15 AM at St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm - trilobite hunting near Panaca, NV

Keynote Speaker – William Parker

Utah Friends of Paleontology and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm are proud to announce this year's UFOP Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker - Bill Parker  Vertebrate Paleontologist, Chief of Science and Resource Management at National Park Service. Bill comes to us from Petrified Forest National Park, a Triassic national treasure.

Bill has been a professional paleontologist for the U.S. Federal Government since 1999 and joined the National Park Service in 2001. In 2002, Bill initiated the current paleontology research program at the Petrified Forest National Park, which has published nearly 50 papers on Triassic geology and paleontology.

Bill's specialty is Triassic archosauriforms, in particular a clade of animals called aetosaurs. Bill is a research associate at the Museum of Northern Arizona and an adjunct faculty member at Northland Pioneer College. Bill presently serves as the Chief of Science and Resource Management at Petrified Forest National Park where he oversees programs in Geology, Paleontology, Ecology, and Archaeology.

Speakers (Tentative)

Bill Parker, Vertebrate Paleontologist, Chief of Science & Resource Management at National Park Service

Brian Engh, Paleoartist, dontmesswithdinosaurs.com

Jim Kirkland, Utah State Paleontologist

Gerard Gierlinksi, Moab Giants Science & Education Manager

Rob Gay, Paleontologist & Curator of Education at the Museums of Western Colorado

John Foster, Director at the Museum of Moab

Rebecca Hunt-Foster, District Paleontologist for the Canyon Country District, Bureau of Land Management

Deanna Brandau, Adjunct Faculty Earth Sciences, Utah Valley University

Scott Madsen, professional preparator, Precision Fossilworks

Martin Lockley, Paleontologist and University of Colorado Denver Professor

Greg McDonald, Regional Paleontologist at Bureau of Land Management

Andrew R C Milner, Paleontologist and Curator at St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm


Registration $25.00

Anomoepus design 100% cotton T-shirt $20.00
V-neck women's or crew neck unisex

Please note: these shirts are for pickup at the Annual Meeting in St George, we cannot ship shirts! If needed, we will arrange to get your shirts to your next chapter meeting.

BBQ Dinner $22.00
Vegan and vegetarian available – please make your selection at registration.

All are welcome to attend the dinner in the park, even if you prefer to bring your own food.

Field trip is free
Bring your lunch and drinks



Ramada Inn 1440 E. St. George Blvd. (435) 628-2828 $89+tax

Days Inn 150 N. 1000 East (435) 673-6123

Hampton Inn 53 N. River Road (435) 652-1200

Comfort Inn 138 E. Riverside (435) 628-8544

RV Parks

Willow Wind RV Park
80 South 1150 West
Hurricane UT 84737
(435) 635-4154

Temple View RV Resort
975 South Main Street
St. George, UT 84770
(800) 776-6410

Zion River Resort
551 E State Route 9
Virgin, UT, 84779
(888) 822-8594, (435) 635-8594

Public Campgrounds and Dispersed Camping

For public campgrounds and dispersed camping opportunities visit publiclands.org

Interagency Visitor Center (435) 688-3200

UFOP Annual Meeting Legacy Information

These legacy information pages contain information about previous UFOP Annual Meetings.

2016 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting