The current schedule has been updated and can be seen below. Important information for those gving talks or designing posters is also described:

1) Talks – Keynote speakers (25 minutes, 5 minutes for questions) and general session speakers (12 minutes, 3 minutes for questions). Please come ready to upload your talk upon arrival (especially if speaking in the morning session). You may also consider sending me your talk early, and I will have it downloaded on the computer.  

2) Posters – Dimensions: 42 by 36 inches (or 106 by 91 centimeters).  


Friday, August 23, 2019

ROM Tour:  Field trip to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) collections. Meet by the side entrance (Staff Entrance, on Queen’s Park) by no later than 3:45pm. Tour begins at 4pm, and will include visits of the invertebrate and vertebrate collections. Tour will end around 5:30pm. Please note that the tours are currently full. The field trip will be followed by an icebreaker pub crawl in downtown Toronto.

Pub Crawl: We will depart from the ROM and meet at the Duke of York (39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2) between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. We will then move on to Hemingway's Restaurant (142 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8) from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm. *Please note you will be responsible for purchasing your own drinks. We will be purchasing some snacks / party platters to share but should you wish to purchase a meal, it would be at your own expense.  



Saturday, August 24, 2019

See this map for directions.

Instructional Centre (IB, Building #334), 1599 Outer Cir Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1J7 – You can Uber directly to the building. If you are driving to campus, please consider using Parking Lot P9 (adjacent to the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex – HB Building #333). The cost will be 14$ for the day.

If you are taking public transit, there are quite a few options, but most will use the 110N from Clarkson Go Station, which stops directly on campus. We will have signage to help navigate the campus to the Instructional Centre (IB).


Registration: 9:00 am to 10:00 am – Coffee and continental breakfast will be served!


Session 1:  10:00am – 12:00 pm

10:00 am:            KEYNOTE: Brandt M. Gibson - Exploiting uniformitarian fluid patterns to interpret ancient life

10:30 am:            Elizabeth Turner - Fossil fungi and complex eukaryotic communities in the mid-Proterozoic of Arctic Canada

10:45 am:            Jisuo Jin - Late Ordovician brachiopod faunal diversity constraints and extinction in tropical epicontinental seas of laurentia

11:00 am:            Alexandre Demers-Potvin - Old fossils, new tricks: the application of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to the study of fossil insects from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of Labrador

11:15am:             Emily Bamforth - A Unique Fossil Leaf Assemblage and New Absolute Paleoclimate Estimates from Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta (Campanian, Late Cretaceous)

11:30 am:            Michael Cuggy - Two new Upper Ordovician eurypterids from the William Lake Lagerstätte, Manitoba-phylogenetic implications.

11:45 am:            Denis K. Tetreault - Codium-like taxa from the Silurian Eramosa Lagerstätte of Ontario


Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Outdoor BBQ with vegetarian & gluten free options (for those who indicated it at registration – let me know if you did not and I can change it)  


Session 2: 1:00pm – 2:45pm

1:00 pm:              KEYNOTE: Danielle Dufault - Artwork in the Service of Science

1:30 pm:              Greer Stothers - Paleoart as Propaganda

1:45 pm:              Jason Loxton - Panoramic media as a tool for public outreach in paleontology

2:00 pm:              Yvon Leclerc - Fossil Study Through Materials Mechanics

2:15 pm:              Bradley D. McFeeters - First Canadian occurrence of Maiasaura (Dinosauria, Hadrosauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous Oldman Formation of southern Alberta

2:30 pm:              Talia Lowi-Merri - Resolving the phylogenetic position of three fossil passeriform birds


Coffee Break: 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


Session 3: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

3:00 pm:              KEYNOTE: Jean-Bernard Caron - Fossil treasures: Canada’s rich geological heritage revealed in a new permanent gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum

3:30 pm:              Steve Westrop - Integrating trilobite biostratigraphy and carbon isotope stratigraphy of the Cambrian (Paibian; Steptoean) SPICE event in central Texas and western Utah

3:45 pm:              Joseph Moysiuk - A new hurdiid radiodont from the Burgess Shale evinces the exploitation of Cambrian infaunal food sources

4:00 pm:              Alejandro Izquierdo López - A new cladorean-like arthropod from the Cambrian Burgess Shale; insights on the evolution and ecology of bivalved arthropods.

4:15 pm:              Sophia Zamaria - Australian palaeoclimate, palaeohydrology, and archaeology of the Mid-Holocene: Trends in the human settlement of Australia’s arid interior

4:30 pm:              Melissa Grey - Digesting the Late Carboniferous: using fish coprolites to reconstruct the aquatic paleoecosystem of the Joggins Formation, Nova Scotia, Canada


Poster Session: 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

1. Paul Johnston - A Middle Ordovician Bivalve Assemblage from Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China

2. Nicole Heikoop - Paleoecology of the Upper Ordovician reef-building teteradiid, Phytopsis, in the Black River Group of the Kingston area, Ontario, Canada

3. Kelsey Grimes - Elongate Ediacaran fronds from Newfoundland and South Australia

4. Mario E. Cournoyer - Crinoid Creepy Crawlies: Trilobites Interacting with Crinoids

5. Dylan Murray - Size-dependent predation on fossils from the Ordovician period

6. Man-Yin Tsang - ComSciCon -- Science Communication Workshops & Opportunities

7. R William Scott - Lower Cambrian trilobite biostratigraphy from the central Misty Creek Embayment, Northwest Territories, and its implications for basin development

8. Daniel Dick - Lithification Bias and Functional-Ecological Models in Carbonate Settings

9. Johnathan A. Sorrentino - Experiments with a novel apparatus designed for continuous chemical monitoring of siderite precipitation in decay environments

10. Katie M. Maloney - Multicellular macroalgae from the Tonian Dolores Creek Formation of the Wernecke Mountains, Yukon

Banquet Dinner: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Capra’s Kitchen, 1834 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J 1J7. *Please note you will be responsible for purchasing your own drinks.

Award ceremony: Billings Medal awarded to Prof. Jisuo Jin.