Welcome to the 11th North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) to be held at the University of California, Riverside, June 23–27, 2019. Thank you for planning your journey to Riverside from all corners of the globe to participate in this meeting. We are delighted to have participants from 34 countries attending, and that attendees include hundreds of students, and also many teachers and avocational paleontologists. NAPC is an international conference that meets every 4-5 years, bringing together all branches of paleontology (vertebrate, invertebrate, paleobotany, micropaleontology, paleo-related organic and inorganic geochemistry, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and astrobiology) for a joint meeting typically hosted on a campus. The meeting attracts professional scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, serious amateur paleontologists, and interested members of the public. The purpose is to exchange research findings, define future directions, and be a forum for extended and relaxed interactions between professionals and early career scientists, most particularly graduate and undergraduate students. We are pleased that wide interest in NAPC11 allows us to offer a rich program of activities, including over 40 symposia and topical sessions with associated workshops and other forums, varied fieldtrips, and a slate of technical workshops both on campus and in sister organizations in the So Cal area. Our approach has been to solicit proposals that reflect the current interests of the community at large and we extend our most grateful thanks to all who have worked to produce such a varied and, we trust, stimulatingly diverse program. Thank you again for coming to Riverside!

Updated Conference Information

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  • If you have an urgent need to contact us at any time during NAPC, please contact us via our NAPC concierge phone number (915) 261-7942. Otherwise, please feel free to email us at napc2019@ucr.edu.
  • This is PS. The Paleontological Society is committed to safe and inclusive events and meetings for all attendees. The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the Society and to all participants of NAPC2019. The Paleontological Society is implementing “This IS PS” (Inclusive and Safe Paleontological Society) to help ensure adherence to the Code of Conduct at Society-sponsored events, including NAPC.  If you are the subject of, or witness prohibited behavior at a Society-sponsored event, immediately notify any member of the This IS PS team. Team members can be identified by buttons with the This IS PS logo.
  • On-site registration and conference check in will be all day Sunday in the HUB conference location and 7:00-9:00am Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Lunch, dinner, and morning coffee and afternoon iced tea will be provided at the HUB every day of the conference, except for Wednesday night when the Banquet dinner will be held in front of Hinderaker Hall. 
  • We will have a lactation room available. The key will be held at the information/registration table in the HUB.
  • The HUB is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions about accessibility please contact us at napc2019@ucr.edu 
  • Please be advised that UCR is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.
  • Off-campus guests:
    • We will have morning transportation from the Hyatt and Courtyard Marriott. Pick up times will be 7:00 and 7:30am on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you are staying near these hotels, you are welcome to walk to the hotel and be picked up by the shuttle.
    • We will also provide some transportation back to the Hyatt, Dynasty Suites, Courtyard Marriott, Quality Inn, and America's Best Inn in the evenings. 
    • All evening shuttles will arrive at and depart from Lot 24 on Canyon Crest drive. Shuttles will circulate in a loop to the hotels during the evening. 
    • Free parking is available in Lot 24 for meeting attendees. Just follow the signs as you drive onto campus.
    • If you are staying at America's Best Inn earlier than Wednesday night 6/26, please let us know by emailing napc2019@ucr.edu.
  • On-campus Glen Mor guests:
    • Accommodation check in begins Saturday, June 22 at 2.00pm. Glen Mor residents can also check in for the conference on Saturday between 4-8pm at Glen Mor.
    • Glen Mor is a 10-15 minute walk across campus to the HUB conference location. First-come-first-served golf cart transportation is available in front of the Glen Mor entrance for those who need assistance.
    • For breakfast at the Lothian restaurant, please wear your name tag with lanyard so that staff can identify you as an NAPC guest. 
    • Parking is free in the Big Springs parking structure next to Glen Mor for guests staying on campus.
    • Pillows, linens, and towels are included with each room.

Attention teachers: there will be a free, one-day workshop held on Tuesday June 25 on how to use digital resources to engage students with real paleontological data. Click here for more information and see below for information on getting professional development credit.

We extend a warm invitation to all to participate in the meeting, and are encouraged by the offers of support already received from Southern Californian paleontologists!

  • Professional development credit for teachers attending the June 24 STEM Workshop

    Teachers who are interested in receiving professional development credit for attending the June 25 STEM workshop for teachers must make arrangements in advance with University Extension.  The cost is $65 per unit and is paid directly to UNEX when they applying for credit.

    Contact Elizabeth Pena, by calling (951) 827-1663 or send an email to epena@ucx.ucr.edu. To receive credit, teachers must attend the full day

  • This IS PS

    In this spirit, the Paleontological Society is implementing “This IS PS” (Inclusive and Safe Paleontological Society) to help ensure adherence to the Code of Conduct at Society-sponsored events.  If you are the subject of or witness prohibited behavior at a Society-sponsored event, immediately notify any member of the This IS PS team. Team members can be identified by buttons with the This IS PS logo.

    • The This IS PS team comprises several Society member-leaders who have been trained to receive and give reports of any incidences of prohibited behavior at Society-sponsored events.
    • This IS PS liaisons will listen respectfully without assumptions or judgment. 
    • This IS PS liaisons will confidentially report incidents to the Society Ethics Committee to ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate consideration and follow-up.
    • Anyone subject to or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety or a criminal act should contact 911. Those witnessing a potential criminal act should also take actions necessary to maintain their own personal safety.

    Those who violate the Paleontological Society’s Code of Conduct at an event may be asked to leave the meeting immediately­, without refund.

We will have space for exhibitors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at NAPC please contact NAPC2019@ucr.edu.

Any questions? Send them to NAPC2019@ucr.edu

Conservation Paleobiology Panel

This special workshop on "Conservation paleobiology at work: Welcome to the real world" will consist of a panel of practitioners who employ paleobiological techniques to solve current, "real-world" conservation problems, ranging from local or regional issues to matters arising from the consequences of climate change. All are welcome, and beer will be provided.  

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Events

Sponsored by the Paleontological Society Diversity & Inclusion Committee

For Students: Finding your community and building a support network

Finding your space and feeling at home within your professional scientific community is difficult, even more-so if you aren't a part of the majority. We invite students to come get to know each other and start to build community. This lunch will feature a panel of paleontologists who speak from their own experiences as scientists with minoritized backgrounds and who offer tips and tricks for building networks for collaboration and support. 

For All: Using your power & privilege for good

This lunchtime workshop invites people in positions of power (faculty, advisors, lab managers, and others) to build competencies and confidence for making real change in paleontology fields. The first part of this workshop leads participants in activities designed to explore and understand privilege. The second part focuses on developing practical strategies for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in paleontology

These workshops are free of charge and open to all.

NAPC 2019 Organizing Committee Members:

  • Mary Droser, University of California, Riverside
  • Nigel Hughes, University of California, Riverside
  • Nicole Bonuso, California State University, Fullerton
  • David Bottjer, University of Southern California
  • Doug Eernisse, California State University, Fullerton
  • Robert Gaines, Pomona College
  • Austin Hendy, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • David Jacobs, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jess Miller-Camp, University of Indiana
  • Richard Norris, Scripps Institute, University of California, San Diego
  • Kaustav Roy, University of California, San Diego
  • Peter Sadler, University of California, Riverside
  • Mark Springer, University of California, Riverside
  • Xiaoming Wang, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Michael Vendrasco, Pasadena City College

Matters related to the meeting may be addressed to: NAPC2019@ucr.edu


celebrating 50 years of NAPC !


 Late registration closed May 15 (Participants will be able to register on-site).
Interested in being an exhibitor? Please send us a request at: NAPC2019@ucr.edu

Abstract volume is up!  

NSF town hall scheduled!

Conservation paleobiology panel Wednesday @ 5pm. All welcome, beer provided!

Raffle items are coming in! Proceeds from the raffle will go towards to student support for the next NAPC. Have something to donate? Contact NAPC2019@ucr.edu


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