What Have We Been Doing Since The Field Season?
Part of the reason I haven't been very good about keeping up with the Lab Notes is simply because we've been so incredibly busy. Aside from the normal catching up-type duties associated with being out of the office for over a month, Fall, very simply, is just an incredibly busy time of year.
National Fossil Day is mid-October, right around the time that the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting comes along, followed almost immediately by the Geological Society of America annual meeting. Both are important meetings for us to not only attend, but to present the results of our research. At SVP I'm presenting the first ever publication associated with the 'Bighorn Basin Dinosaur Project,' and as far as we can tell, the first ever abstract/poster on crowdfunding in vertebrate paleontology! This poster details three successful vert paleo-themed crowdfunding campaigns on Experiment.com (ours, of course, as well as this one about excavating a Triceratops and this one for the DIG Field School), and the importance of crowdfunding for our research and profession. We've also spent a lot of time working on a grant proposal to help us excavate the VERY important Suuwassea site, which I described here. I'm very happy to report that grant is now submitted - keep your fingers crossed!
Things won't really let up once these meetings are over, either. I have to prepare and submit the reports to the Montana and Wyoming WY BLM offices detailing our successes this past field season, and simultaneously prepare applications for new permits for next season. Jason Poole and his team are already hard at work trying to piece together the Suuwassea material collected last summer, and soon we'll be planning for that excavation, and the entire 2015 field season. On top of all of that, we'll start opening up the 2016 field season to folks who would like to join us, AND, some of us have dissertation stuff to work on . . . . whew . . . . I'd better get to work . . .
Here's our poster at SVP:
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