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Thursday, November 15
Great Basin Chapter Meeting

Our speaker will be Don DeBlieux, paleontologist at the Utah Geological Survey. Don will speak on,
Vertebrate Paleontology in the Fayum of Egypt

Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium — 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 28
Southwest Chapter Meeting

Our speaker will be Dr. Celina Suarez.
Photo by Clint Colwell.

Dr. Celina Suarez is an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas, USA. She received her BS degree from Trinity University, her MS degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and her PhD in 2010 from the University of Kansas. Dr. Suarez’s research focuses on using trace element and stable isotope geochemistry of fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, and paleosols to understand paleoecology and paleoclimatology of ancient continental environments.  She is particularly interested in past greenhouse climates and major climate shifts caused by C-cycle perturbations such as the mid-Cretaceous thermal maximum and the end Triassic extinction.  Dr. Suarez is a native of San Antonio, TX.  She was an NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Boise State University where she used rare earth elements, stable isotopes, and infrared spectroscopy to understand bone preservation and diagenesis.  She has conducted research in Utah for over 15 years and still considers it her favorite place on Earth.

This meeting will be held Wednesday, November 28 at our usual location:  Room 128 of DSU's Snow Building (ground floor) at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 6
Southwest Chapter Holiday Dinner

The Southwest Chapter UFOP Annual Christmas Potluck this year will be a joint dinner event with the Dinosaur Ah!Torium Foundation to be held on Thursday December 6, from 4 - 6 p.m.

This will not be a potluck, but a dinner gathering at Black Bear Diner, 965 Hoodoo Way, Washington, Utah (this is off Washington Parkway, South of I-15 exit 13).

Members will receive further information via email. If you are not on the email list, please contact Elisabeth Nipperus: liesje1939@gmail.com

Friday, December 7
Tentative Date UFOP Great Basin Chapter Holiday Party

Details TBA.

June 7-9, 2019
UFOP Annual Meeting in Moab, Utah

Keep your calendar open for the 2019 UFOP Annual Meeting in Moab, Utah. It's never too early to arrange accommodations in that popular location. We'll announce details over the next few months, so please stay tuned.

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